Levine was born in Nashville, and brought up in Connecticut and Brooklyn. After graduating from Harvard Levine's first job was dubbing spaghetti westerns in Rome. On returning to Brooklyn she taught autistic children and joined an improvisational comedy group called The New York City Stickball Team.
Levine is a radio commentator for WNYC in New York. She also has created two one-woman shows: It's Not You, It's the Universe: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too and Lose Weight and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Free Market.
Ted Talk: Emily Levine on A Theory of Everything