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Janeane Garofalo

Janeane, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, to Joan, a secretary, and Carmine Garofalo, an Exxon executive. She is of Italian and Irish descent. Janeane had many jobs before breaking into show biz. She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe salesperson, waitress and temp secretary. Watching David Letterman on TV inspired her to write comedy, and by 1985 she was doing stand up comedy. As such, Janeane has become a cult figure, giving a voice to a generation, venting her frustration at TV, dating, relationships, life in general and anything that ticks her off in particular. Janeane did sketches on The Ben Stiller Show (1992) (an Emmy-winning, but canceled show). She would continue to collaborate with Ben Stiller in future projects. Janeane received 2 Emmy nominations for her work on The Larry Sanders Show (1992), developing her signature character: a smart, cynical woman with a razor wit. She was not happy with her Saturday Night Live (1975) stint in 1994, and was vocal about it (of course). Transferring her persona from TV to the big screen, she moved on to movies, basically playing the character she had defined for herself. In Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) she portrayed a smart, cynical, successful businesswomen with a razor wit, and this time with swear words (in the movie she had developed a brand of cigarettes with fast-burning paper, for the gal on the go; in real life it is alleged she smokes Marlboros). Janeane continues to work in TV and movies, often collaborating with Ben Stiller in a number of movies like Mystery Men (1999), his easygoing style being a counterpoint to her caustic nature.

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Sep 28, 1964 In Newton, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce 2014-12-02

Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Two and a Half Men
Poster of 24
Poster of The Sopranos
Poster of The Simpsons
Broad City Unknown 2014-01-22
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Lyla 2014-12-02
Inside Amy Schumer Unknown 2013-04-30
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell Unknown 2012-08-09
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Beth Griffith 13 episodes, 2011 2011
The Green Room with Paul Provenza Unknown 2010
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Unknown 2010-10-01
Ugly Americans Unknown 2010-03-17
Delocated Unknown 2009-02-12
Greek Unknown 2007-07-09
Metalocalypse Unknown 2006-08-06
Ideal Unknown 2005-01-11
Stella Unknown 2005-06-28
Tom Goes to the Mayor Unknown 2004-11-14
Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
24 Unknown 2001-11-06
Ed Unknown 2000-10-08
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Unknown 2000-12-30
The Sopranos Unknown 1999-01-10
Strangers with Candy Unknown 1999-04-07
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
The King of Queens Unknown 1998-09-21
Felicity Unknown 1998-09-29
King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
The Chris Rock Show Unknown 1997-02-07
Viva Variety Unknown 1997-04-01
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Unknown 1996-11-12
NewsRadio Unknown 1995-03-21
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Unknown 1995-05-28
Mr. Show with Bob and David Unknown 1995-11-03
Ellen Unknown 1994-03-29
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Unknown 1994-01-01
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
WWE Raw Unknown 1993-01-11
The Adventures of Pete & Pete Unknown 1993-11-28
The Larry Sanders Show Paula 52 episodes, 1992-1997 1992-08-15
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Mad About You Unknown 1992-09-23
Home Improvement Unknown 1991-09-17
Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11