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
Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce TV Show
Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce
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

2014 - Showing Up
2013 - The Muslims Are Coming!
2012 - General Education
2010 - I Am Comic
2009 - Labor Pains
2008 - The Guitar
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2007 - Ratatouille
2007 - The Ten
2007 - Then She Found Me
2006 - The Wild
2006 - Southland Tales
2005 - Duane Hopwood
2005 - Jiminy Glick In Lalawood
2003 - When Stand Up Stood Out
2003 - Wonderland
2002 - Big Trouble
2001 - Wet Hot American Summer
2000 - Steal This Movie
2000 - Titan A.E.
1999 - The Minus Man
1999 - 200 Cigarettes
1999 - Mystery Men
1999 - Dog Park
1999 - Dogma
1998 - Half Baked
1998 - Permanent Midnight
1998 - Clay Pigeons
1997 - The MatchMaker
1997 - Cop Land
1996 - Larger Than Life
1996 - The Cable Guy
1995 - Bye Bye Love
1995 - Coldblooded
1995 - Now and Then
1994 - Reality Bites
1991 - Late for Dinner

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.

  • Lives in New York City and Los Angeles.
  • Traveled widely with 'Margaret Cho' (qv) on the comedy club circuit. They blamed each other for their bad smoking habits.
  • Attended Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey.
  • Is very good friends with 'Ben Stiller' (qv). Both had short lived tenures on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv), both starred on _"The Ben Stiller Show" (1992)_ (qv), they have collaborated on movies together, and have written and created other comedy shows together. Garofalo has said that she works well with Stiller because they are complete opposite personalities, hers being caustic and political while Stiller is more go with the flow and silly, and they are able to fill in the gaps the other person misses.
  • Studied History at Providence College, a Catholic college in Rhode Island.
  • She has 15 tattoos.
  • It is said that Daria Morgendorfer, self-titled character of, _"Daria" (1997)_ (qv), the spin-off of _"Beavis and Butt-Head" (1993)_ (qv) , was modeled after her. While the Daria character did exist long before the creators chose to model the character after Garafolo (as a character in the original _"Beavis and Butt-Head" (1993)_ (qv) show), she was a background character (with a line of dialog every once in a while) and was therefore not developed.
  • Was offered the Dorothy Boyd role in _Jerry Maguire (1996)_ (qv) by 'Cameron Crowe (I)' (qv), if she could lose weight, but after trimming down, she learned that 'Rene Zellweger' (qv) had won the part instead in what was to become a career-launching smash hit.

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