As a precocious child who used to sneak into her older brother's bedroom to listen to his comedy albums of George Carlin and Cheech and Chong, Janeane Garofalo nurtured a dream of someday moving to New York City and writing jokes for David Letterman; but it was an open mike performance at a local comedy club during her junior year of college in Providence, Rhode Island that actually launched the career of one the most uniquely successful female comedians and actresses of the past decade.
Fans have come to know and love her smartly cynical style and understated delivery as a comic performer, and her accomplishments as an actress, comedienne and political activist soundly belie her diminutive physical stature. Despite winning numerous awards and recognition as a standup comic, it was her performance as the only female ensemble member on the short-lived Ben Stiller Show in 1992 that vaulted her to mainstream success and a host of subsequent television and film credits.
More recently, she has been known as a political advocate for many liberal causes in the country, as well as a leading voice of dissent to the war in Iraq. Since March 31, 2004, she has cohosted her own political talk show on the AirAmerica radio network.
These works are dedicated to the perpetuation of her legacy as a counterculture heroine whose blatant insecurities are just as appealing as her piquant wit and her relentless pluck.
Full Name: Janeane Christine Garofalo
Date of Birth: September 28, 1964
Height: 5' 1"
Weight: 95 160 lb. (most often between 115 125 onscreen)
Parents: Carmine and Joan Garofalo (mother deceased)
Siblings: Two, both older, a brother and sister.
Education: Graduated from James E. Taylor High School in Houston Texas
Attended Providence College in Rhode Island and graduated with
a degree in History and American Studies, 1986.
Tattoos: More numerous than graffiti on the New York City subway. Includes panoramic "Liberal" insignia on left shoulder.
Boyfriends: (Partial List)
Ben Stiller- Actor/Director
Bob Odenkirk Comedian/Actor/Writer
Rob Cohen (still legal husband, though separated) Writer
Mitch Rouse - Actor
Craig Bierko - Actor
Pete Caldes - Musician (The Gravel Pit)
Chris Anderson - Musician (Mukafurgason)
Janeane is a semi-vegetarian who occasionally pigs out on bacon.
Has held day jobs as bike messenger, shoe salesperson, waitress, and temp secretary. (Even hired once for phone sex, but couldn't do it.)
She is an avid dog lover. Her pets were named Kid and Dewey, as of 2002.
Her favorite drink at Starbuck's is Grande Hazelnut Latte.
Her production company is called I Really Hate Myself Productions.
Did not drink until she was 24, but in 2002 she acknowledged attending 30 AA meetings to deal with an alcohol-related problem.
Jan. 14, 1994 in L. A., two gun-wielding teenagers mugged her and stole her knapsack with wallet, journals and address book. Shortly thereafter somebody boosted her new Geo Prizm. Now she claims that she feels safer in New York City than anywhere else.
Had breast reduction in 1984 from 36 C or D cup down to B cup.
She is a chain smoker who has tried to quit several times and once relapsed after an unpleasant Connie Chung interview on CNN.
Some of her major career accomplishments have included:
Reality Bites (1994).Vickie Miner; Bye Bye Love (1995).Lucille; The Truth About Cats and Dogs (1996).Abby; Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion (1997).Heather Mooney; The Matchmaker (1997).Marcy Tizard; Clay Pigeons (1998).Agent Shelby; Mystery Men (1999).The Bowler; Steal This Movie (2000).Anita Hoffman; Wet Hot American Summer (2001).Beth; Big Trouble (2002).Officer Monica Romero; Manhood (2003).Jill.
The Ben Stiller Show (1992).Various Characters; The Larry Sanders Show (1992).Paula; TV Nation (1994).Correspondent; Saturday Night Live (1994-5).Cast Member; Comedy Product (1996).Herself.
Majority Report Radio Show, 2004 on the AirAmerica radio network.