Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Sep. 28th, 1964
Born in
Newton, New Jersey, USA
5' 1

Janeane Garofalo's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
24 TV Show
Felicity TV Show
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior TV Show
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce TV Show
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp TV Show
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
The Larry Sanders Show TV Show
The Larry Sanders Show
The Belzer Connection TV Show
The Belzer Connection
Comic Remix TV Show
Comic Remix
Freak Show TV Show
Freak Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Janeane Garofalo, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, and had many jobs before breaking into show biz. She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe salesperson (no doubt with Al Bundy's disposition), 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.

Garofalo 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. Garofalo 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.

  • Wrote a book with 'Ben Stiller' (qv): Feel This Book : An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction (1999).
  • She is a vegetarian.
  • Was offered the role of Gale Weathers in the movie _Scream (1996/I)_ (qv), but turned it down to do the movie _Sweethearts (1996)_ (qv). 'Courteney Cox' (qv) then got the role and _Scream (1996/I)_ (qv) which went on to gross more than $100 million, whereas _Sweethearts (1996)_ (qv) went straight to video.
  • Attended Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey.
  • Hosted the _1996 MTV Movie Awards (1996) (TV)_ (qv) along with 'Ben Stiller' (qv).
  • Traveled widely with 'Margaret Cho' (qv) on the comedy club circuit. They blamed each other for their bad smoking habits.
  • Daughter of 'Carmine Garofalo' (qv).
  • Her production company is: I Hate Myself Productions.

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