Known for her eccentricity and quick wit, Janeane Garofalo is an American stand-up comedian and writer. She has featured in Television productions like “The
show”, “The Larry Sanders Show” and in movies like “Mystery Men”, “Truth about Cats and Dogs” and also provided the voiceover for the animated flick “Ratatouille.”
Janeane was raised in Houston, Texas, by parents Joan and Carmine Garofalo. She specialized in History at the Providence College and took up Comedy alongside it. During her undergraduate years, she won a talent show which was hosted in Rhode Island by the Showtime production house, acquiring the title of “The Funniest Person in Rhode Island.” She later had to get involved in a dozen of part-timers, ranging from waitressing to being a bike messenger, before she could set foot in the showbiz. Later on, she claimed to gain inspiration to write about comedy after watching an episode of the David Letterman Show. She landed her television debut in MTV’s “Half Hour Comedy Hour”.
However, she continued to work in writing comedy and later on, got to be a part of “The Ben Stiller Show” in 1992. The success of the show combined with a gentle spray of luck, she fetched the role of ‘Paula’ in the HBO production series “The Larry Sanders Show.” Janeane earned two nominations for her work on the show, in the category of ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ in the years ’96 and ’97. Because of her acquaintance with Ben Stiller earlier, she was cast in his production “Reality Bites.” She also had a brief stint with ‘Saturday Night Live” (SNL) in 1994 but later on quit and became vocal against because she allegedly felt that the show was disrespectful in a jejune and homophobic way.
In Janeane’s first major stint, she landed the role of the leading lady in the comedy movie “Truth about Dogs and Cats”, where she found the opportunity to star alongside . She also played the female lead in “The Matchmaker”, “Cop Land” and “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.” In the year 1999, Garofalo co-wrote a book alongside Ben Stiller titled “Feel This Book- an Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy and Sexual Satisfaction”, which was a spoof of Self-help books but also, went on to become a New York Times bestseller.
She also featured in more than 50 movies briefly right from “Late for Dinner” 1991 up to “3rd street blackout” in 2013. She married Brody Tate in the year 2015. Garofalo is also an active liberal political activist, taking part in podcasts in matters of the same. Janeane also most recently featured in
starred satirical comedy series on Netflix.
Her twitter handle: @GarofaloNation