Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

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birthname = Jane Anne Garofalo
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birthplace = Newton, New Jersey
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othername = Janeanne Garofalo
yearsactive = 1988 - present
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Jane Anne (Janeane) Garofalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer, and former co-host on Air America Radio's "The Majority Report".

On August 20, 2007, it was announced that she will join the FOX Network television series "24" in its seventh season. Garofalo will play an FBI agent who is part of the team investigating the crisis of the new season. [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i35dfa8e5f7b68d261cee24ae98a6f0a9 Time right for Garofalo on '24' ] ]

Despite her celebrity status, Garofalo continues to circulate regularly within New York City's local comedy and performance art scene.

Personal life

Garofalo was born in Newton, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a secretary in the petrochemical industry who died of cancer when Janeane was 24, and Carmine Garofalo, a former executive at Exxon.Bruce Westbook, "Garofalo talks politics, 'evil oil empire' and life in Houston," "Houston Chronicle", June 22, 2007.] Garofalo is of Italian and Irish descent. She grew up in various places, including Ontario, California; Madison, New Jersey; and Katy, Texas where she graduated from James E. Taylor High School. While studying history at Providence College, Garofalo entered a comedy talent search sponsored by the Showtime cable network, winning the title of "Funniest Person in Rhode Island." Her original gimmick was to read off her hand, which was not successful in subsequent performances. Dreaming of earning a slot on the writing staff of the TV show "Late Night With David Letterman", she became a professional standup upon graduating from college with degrees in history and American studies. She struggled for a number of years, working briefly as a bike messenger in Boston. Garofalo is quoted as having disliked life in Houston due to the humidity, heat, and emphasis on prettiness and sports in high school.

Garofalo is a self-described pessimist: "I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth." [ [http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/janeanegar163727.html Janeane Garofalo Quotes ] ]

Entertainment career


Garofalo officially began her career in stand-up comedy in the late 1980s during the pre-grunge era. Her appearance was often in line with late 1980s style: disheveled with thick black glasses and unkempt hair. Her comedy is often self-deprecating; she has made fun of popular culture and the pressures on women to conform to body image ideals promoted by the media.

Garofalo's comedy shows involve her and her notebook, which is filled with years' worth of article clippings and random observations she references for direct quotes during her act. Garofalo has said that she does not tell jokes as much as make observations designed to get laughs. She was part of the alternative comedy scene in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, appearing at Un-Cabaret and other venues.

Garofalo and comedian Marc Maron worked together during the creation and early days of liberal radio network Air America Radio.

In April 2004, she was selected as #99 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standups of all time. On July 15, 2006 she appeared as the "Not My Job" guest on NPR's news quiz program "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!". [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=35&prgDate=07-15-2006&view=storyview Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! : NPR ] ] In June 2007 Garofalo and Patton Oswalt toured together as part of their publicity tour for the movie "Ratatouille".

Television roles

Her television series debut was on the short-lived "The Ben Stiller Show" on Fox in 1992, on which she was a cast member alongside longtime friends Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Dick, and David Cross (who was a writer on the show). A chance meeting on the set of that show led her to be offered the role of Paula on "The Larry Sanders Show" on HBO, earning her two Emmy Award nominations in 1996 and 1997.

Following "The Ben Stiller Shows cancellation, Garofalo joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live (SNL)" in its ill-fated 1994-95 season, as detailed in Tom Shales' book "Live From New York: The Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live" and mentioned in Jay Mohr's '. Upon arrival at "SNL", she gave an interview in which she called fellow cast member Adam Sandler's comedy "childish." Writers on the show expressed dismay at Garofalo's attitude, dismissing her as insecure. In one instance cited in "Live From New York", Garofalo complained of suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and drinking a lot during her tenure. In the same book, the other writers cited that she rarely assisted in writing sketches, never doing an "all-nighter" for a skit, unlike several cast members. In an HBO comedy special, Garofalo described her tenure on "SNL" as "being the Indian given the blanket infected with smallpox by the cavalry."

She left "SNL" in March 1995 (mid-season) after only six months, claiming that the material was weak and that a sexist attitude pervaded the show. The material on "SNL" at the time was widely deemed mediocre, and other writers, such as Bruce Vilanch, have stated in interviews that many male members of the show frown upon women and homosexuals. Garofalo said "everyone" was unhappy during her tenure, not just women. In Shales' aforementioned book, she is quoted as saying that "SNL" executive producer "Lorne Michaels prefers the house divided."


Garofalo has done many special guest star roles, including a former girlfriend of Dave Foley's character in "Newsradio". She also has been offered many television series roles but has accepted few; she turned down the role of Monica Gellar, for which she was the first choice, on the NBC sitcom "Friends". Two television pilots starring Garofalo, the 2003 ABC show "Slice O'Life" about a reporter consigned to sappy human interest stories appearing at the end of news broadcasts, and the 2005 NBC program "All In", based on the life of poker star Annie Duke, were not picked up by their respective networks. Her persona, thanks to her "Larry Sanders" character, provided the basis for the lead role on Steven Levitan's "Just Shoot Me!", though the part was taken by Laura San Giacomo.

Throughout the 2005-2006 television season, Garofalo appeared on "The West Wing" as Louise Thornton, a controversial campaign adviser to the fictional Democratic presidential nominee. Garofalo participated in the series' first live episode, most of which was a debate televised live on the East Coast and then reshot live for the West. Garofalo's character can be seen walking backstage with her advisee before the start of each debate.

In 2006, she provided the voice for the animated character "Bearded Clam" on Comedy Central's "Freak Show" alongside her friend David Cross.

In 2007, she also wrote a dedication for the mini-book included in the six-DVD box-set of the 1994 cult series "My So-Called Life".

She will portray FBI Special Agent Janis Gold on the seventh season of "24".


Garofalo's first critically-acclaimed [ [http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/truth_about_cats_and_dogs/ The Truth About Cats and Dogs Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes ] ] starring role in film was in 1996 in "The Truth About Cats & Dogs", a variation on "Cyrano de Bergerac" which featured Uma Thurman in the lead role as a beautiful but simple model, while Garofalo played a highly intelligent radio host. Initially an independent film, it became a studio movie when Thurman was signed on. The film was a modest hit, but Garofalo detests [ [http://www.avclub.com/content/node/22585 Janeane Garofalo | The A.V. Club ] ] it to this day, calling it anti-feminist (and admitting discomfort in the "ugly duckling" role).

Based on the success of this film, director Cameron Crowe then offered her the leading lady role in "Jerry Maguire" with Tom Cruise if she could lose weight; after trimming down, however, she learned that Renée Zellweger had won the part instead.

Before "The Truth About Cats & Dogs", she was visible from television work and supporting roles in films such as "Reality Bites", "Bye Bye Love" and "Now and Then", and a leading role in "I Shot a Man in Vegas". Garofalo has had a variety of leading, supporting and cameo roles in "Cop Land", "Wet Hot American Summer", "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion","Dogma", "The Cable Guy", "Half-Baked", "Mystery Men", "The Wild", and "Clay Pigeons".

Garofalo played the leading role in the "The MatchMaker", a 1997 film about the misadventures of a cynical American woman who reluctantly visits west Ireland.

In 2002, she played Catherine Connolly in "The Laramie Project".

A puppet version of Garofalo appeared (and was graphically killed off) in the movie ""; the film's credits state that she did not authorize or endorse this screen appearance at the time.

According to the Independent Film Channel, Garofalo will have a segment in at least four episodes of the 2007 season of "The Henry Rollins Show". Apparently these will take place in her apartment, much in the same way Rollins' take place at his house. In 2007, she provided the voice of Colette, a chef in the Pixar/Disney feature film "Ratatouille". Garofalo affected a pronounced French accent in the role, highlighted by her character's soliloquy about being the only female chef in the all-male kitchen.

Politics and religion

Garofalo has been open and outspoken regarding her progressive political views, appearing in the past with figures such as Ralph Nader (whom she supported in the 2000 election, but opposed in 2004) and Jello Biafra at various events.

She is an atheist and has participated in a radio interview by Freethought Radio, a show by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. [ [http://ffrf.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=219697 Freethought Radio ] ]

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she was quoted as saying (in the November 2001 issue of "Commentary"), "Who would have thought that I'd be angry on behalf of my country? I'm used to being angry "at" my country."

She became more prominent as an activist when she voiced opposition to what became the 2003 Iraq War, appearing on CNN and Fox News to discuss it. She said that she was approached by groups such as MoveOn.org and Win Without War to go on TV, because these organizations say that the networks were not allowing antiwar voices to be heard. Garofalo and the other celebrities who appeared at the time said they thought their fame could lend attention to that side of the debate. Her appearances on cable news prior to the war garnered her praise from the left and spots on the cover of "Ms." and "Venus" magazines. Garofalo has had frequent on-air political disputes with Bill O'Reilly, Brian Kilmeade, and Jonah Goldberg. [ [http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg022803.asp Jonah Goldberg's Goldberg File on National Review Online ] ]

Prior to the 2003 Iraq War, she took a position on the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. For example, in an interview with Tony Snow on a February 23, 2003 episode of "Fox News Sunday", [ [http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,79351,00.html FOXNews.com - Transcript: Janeane Garofalo on Fox News Sunday - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum ] ] Garofalo said of Saddam Hussein, "Yes, I think lots of people are eager to obtain weapons of mass destruction. But there's no evidence that he (Hussein) has weapons of mass destruction. There's been no evidence of him testing nuclear weapons. We have people that are in our face with nuclear weapons. We've got Iran and North Korea. We've got a problem with Pakistan. You know, I don't know what to say about that. There's a whole lot of people that are going nuclear. And I think that Saddam Hussein is actually, with the evidence, the least able to use nuclear weapons and the least obvious offender in that area at this moment."

In March 2003, she took part in the Code Pink antiwar march in Washington, D.C. That fall, she served as emcee at several stops on the "Tell Us the Truth" tour, a political-themed concert series featuring Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, and others. Throughout the year, Garofalo also actively campaigned for Howard Dean.

Air America Radio

In late March 2004 she became a co-host for Air America Radio's new show "The Majority Report" alongside Sam Seder. Garofalo once said getting on the radio was an early career goal. A program advertisement: "The battle to reclaim America from the forces of darkness continues with hosts Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder." The early days of Air America Radio are chronicled in the documentary "Left of the Dial", which includes a debate between Garofalo and her conservative father Carmine, who was initially a regular guest on "The Majority Report."

Garofalo was criticized [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12583654 Garofalo gushes over Scientology-linked project - Gossip - MSNBC.com ] ] by some of her listeners for comments she made on her April 28, 2006 show supporting Scientology-linked New York Rescue Worker's Detoxification Program, [ [http://nydetox.org/ New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project ] ] a controversial treatment for workers now suffering ailments from 9/11 clean-up efforts in New York City.

On July 14, 2006, Garofalo announced that she would be leaving her co-host position on "The Majority Report". Although several reasons for her departure were cited, including her outside acting responsibilities, the relationship between Garofalo and co-host Seder had become increasingly strained, largely due to her support for the Scientology-linked program. Garofalo responded to Seder's opposition to the program, suggesting that he would not have a problem with it if it were linked to Jews rather than Scientologists. Seder, who is Jewish, and his producer walked off the set in angry protest. [ [http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13105678/ Britney's husband jealous of male nanny? - Gossip Archive - MSNBC.com ] ]

During a July 19 broadcast, while Seder and Garofalo were interviewing actor Jason Bateman, Garofalo cited her reason for leaving the show as precipitated by several "unrecoverable" on-air arguments with Seder; she also said that she regards Seder as the better radio broadcaster and therefore a better choice to continue "The Majority Report".

Her last broadcast as co-host of "The Majority Report" aired on July 21, 2006. Since then, she has made a few appearances on "The Sam Seder Show". She called on October 4, 2006 to discuss the Mark Foley scandal and on October 31, 2006 she was in studio, where she portrayed Katherine Harris in a Halloween skit. Garofalo has continued to portray Harris on the show in numerous appearances following the 2006 elections.

Garofalo made a series of appearances in New York and Los Angeles with Henry Rollins and former AAR personality Marc Maron in April 2007.



*"Late for Dinner" (1991)
*"That's What Women Want" (1992)
*"Reality Bites" (1994)
*"Bye Bye Love" (1995)
*"I Shot a Man in Vegas" (1995)
*"Coldblooded" (1995)
*"Now and Then" (1995)
*"Sweethearts" (1996)
*"The Truth About Cats & Dogs" (1996) (Abbey Barnes)
*"The Cable Guy" (1996)
*"Larger Than Life" (1996)
*"Touch" (1997)
*"Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" (1997) (Heather Mooney)
*"The MatchMaker" (1997) (Marcy Tizard)
*"Cop Land" (1997)
*"Clay Pigeons" (1998)
*"Kiki's Delivery Service" (1998) (voice)
*"Thick as Thieves" (1998)
*"Permanent Midnight" (1998)
*"Half Baked" (1998)
*"The Thin Pink Line" (1998)
*"The Bumblebee Flies Anyway" (1999)
*"Torrance Rises" (1999)
*"Can't Stop Dancing" (1999)
*"Mystery Men" (1999) (The Bowler)
*"Dogma" (1999)
*"The Independent" (1999)
*"200 Cigarettes" (1999)
*"The Minus Man" (1999)
*"Dog Park" (2000)
*"Steal This Movie!" (2000) (Anita Hoffman)
*"Titan A.E." (2000)
*"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" (2000)
*"What Planet Are You From?" (2000)
*"The Laramie Project" (2001)
*"The Search for John Gissing" (2001)
*"Wet Hot American Summer" (2001) (Beth)
*"Martin & Orloff" (2002)
*"Big Trouble" (2002)
*"Manhood" (Showtime; 2003)
*"Wonderland" (2003)
*"Nobody Knows Anything!" (2003)
*"Jiminy Glick in Lalawood" (2004)
*"" (voice) (2004)
*"Duane Hopwood" (2005)
*"Nadine in Date Land", Oxygen Network; (2005) (Nadine Barnes)
*"Stay" (2005) (Dr. Beth Levy)
*"Southland Tales" (2005)
*"The Wild" (2006) (voice)
*"Ratatouille" (2007) (voice)
*"The Ten (2007)
*"Girl's Best Friend" (2008)

hort films

*"Suspicious" (1994)
*"The Cherry Picker" (2000)
*"Housekeeping" (2001)
*"Junebug and Hurricane" (2004)


*"" (1999)
*"" (2003)
*"" (2003)
*"Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)" (2003)
*"Left of the Dial" (2005), HBO


*"The Henry Rollins Show
*" (2003)
*"TV Nation", NBC, Fox
*"The Chris Rock Show", HBO
*"The Larry Sanders Show", HBO (Paula)
*"The Ben Stiller Show", Fox
*"Tales of the City", BBC/PBS (Coppola Woman)
*"Small Doses", Comedy Central
*"Saturday Night Live", NBC
*"Seinfeld", NBC
*"The Simpsons" (Herself)
*"Newsradio", NBC
*"Space Ghost Coast to Coast", Cartoon Network
*"Law & Order", NBC
*"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
*"Now with Bill Moyers", PBS
*"The Daily Show"
*"Janeane Garofalo", HBO (1997) (hour-long standup special)
*"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"
*"The King of Queens", CBS (Trish)
*"Shorties Watching Shorties", Comedy Central
*"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", NBC
*"Primetime Glick", Comedy Central
*"Mad About You" (series finale) (Mabel)
*"Home Improvement"
*"The Belzer Connection", SciFi Channel
*"The Minnesota Half-Hour Smile Hour
*"Pilot Season"
*"Tanner on Tanner", Sundance Channel (Herself)
*"Stella", Comedy Central
*"Hannity & Colmes", Fox News
*"Real Time with Bill Maher", HBO
*"Comic Remix"
*"Jimmy Kimmel Live", ABC
*"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
*"Dennis Miller Live"
*"The Sopranos", HBO (Herself)
*"King of the Hill", Fox
*"Ellen", ABC
*"Dinner for Five", IFC
*"", HBO (1996)
*"The West Wing", NBC (2005) (Louise Thornton)
*"In the Life", PBS (2005)
*"Strangers with Candy" (Cassie Pines)
*"The Adventures of Pete and Pete", Nickelodeon
*"Two and a Half Men", CBS
*"24" (2009)

In July 2007 she appeared on Australian TV Show Rove in one of two US filmed specials.

Further reading

*"Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction" ISBN 0-694-52146-9 (w/ Ben Stiller)


External links

*imdb name|id=0000413|name=Janeane Garofalo
* [http://kumo.swcp.com/synth/janeane.php The Janeane Garofalo Webpage]
* [http://www.majorityreportradio.com/weblog The Majority Report Weblog]
* [http://www.janeane.net/ Janeane Garofalo Online]
* [http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/Janeane_Garofalo.php Janeane Garofalo's political donations]
* [http://www.avclub.com/content/feature/random_roles_janeane_garofalo "Onion A.V. Club" "Random Rules" interview with Garofalo]
* Janeane Garofalo's Guest DJ Set on KCRW [http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/gd/gd080729janeane_garofalo KCRW Guest DJ Project]

NAME= Garofalo, Janeane
SHORT DESCRIPTION=comedian, actress, political activist, writer
DATE OF BIRTH= September 28, 1964
PLACE OF BIRTH= Newton, New Jersey

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