Janeane Garofalo

Birthday: Sep 28, 1964
Birthplace: Newton, New Jersey, USA
Actress, comedian, and paragon of cynicism Janeane Garofalo was born on September 28, 1964, in Newton, NJ. During high school, her family relocated to Houston, TX, where the trauma of the move prompted her famously insecure, self-loathing persona to begin blossoming in full. 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." Dreaming of earning a slot on the writing staff of the Late Night With David Letterman program, she became a professional standup upon graduating college but struggled for a number of years, working briefly as a bike messenger in Boston. Upon moving to the Los Angeles area, Garofalo met actor/comedian Ben Stiller, who in 1992 invited her to join the cast of his short-lived but acclaimed Fox television sketch comedy program The Ben Stiller Show. A stint on Garry Shandling's breakthrough HBO series The Larry Sanders Show (for which she was nominated for an Emmy award in 1996) soon followed, and in 1994 Garofalo reunited with Stiller in the film comedy Reality Bites, a role which earned her the much-despised tag of "Generation X comedian." That fall, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live but exited before the conclusion of the season, publicly disheartened by the show's increasing drop-off in quality.After signing on as a correspondent on Michael Moore's news magazine TV Nation and hosting Comedy Product, a standup showcase on the Comedy Central cable network, Garofalo began work on her breakthrough role, co-starring with Uma Thurman in the 1996 romantic comedy hit The Truth About Cats and Dogs. That same year, she also co-starred with Bill Murray in Larger Than Life, and appeared briefly in The Cable Guy and Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. Garofalo's prolific output continued in 1997; in addition to starring roles in two comedies, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and The Matchmaker, she was featured prominently in James Mangold's Cop Land and Paul Schrader's Touch, she hosted the MTV series Indie Outing, and she remained a fixture of the emerging alternative comedy circuit. In 1998, Garofalo's career continued to thrive, with starring and supporting roles in a number of films. Some of her more notable work included Clay Pigeons, a black comedy with Vince Vaughn and Joaquin Phoenix; Permanent Midnight, which marked another collaboration with Stiller; and the animated Kiki's Delivery Service, which featured Garofalo as the voice of a new age artist and mystic. She also acted against type as one half of a revoltingly cheerful couple in Bruce McCulloch's comedy Dog Park. The following year, Garofalo appeared in no less than five films, with a supporting part in the ensemble piece 200 Cigarettes, a starring role as an unconventional action heroine called the Bowler in Mystery Men (which also featured Stiller), and prominent turns in Kevin Smith's eagerly awaited Dogma, Hampton Fancher's psychological thriller The Minus Man, and the satirical comedy Can't Stop Dancing, in which she acted alongside fellow comedienne Margaret Cho.In 2001, Garofolo took on the role of Catherine Connolly in The Laramie Project, HBO's docudrama chronicling the aftermath of the death of Matthew Shepard, and filmmaker David Wain's comedy Wet Hot American Summer. The actress joined the cast of Pixar's Ratatouille in 2007 to voice the role of Colette, a talented French chef, and appeared on television shows including Two and a Half Men, 24, and Criminal Minds.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet It Started As a Joke Actor 2019
No Score Yet Come As You Are Actor 2019
100% A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold Jordan 2018
No Score Yet The Happys Actor 2018
50% Submission Magda Moynahan 2018
No Score Yet Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate Actor 2018
70% Little Boxes Helena 2017
55% Speech & Debate Marie 2017
82% The American Side Agent Barry 2016
40% 3rd Street Blackout June Sherman 2016
No Score Yet Sticky: l'amore fai da te Actor 2016
No Score Yet Hurricane Of Fun: The Making Of Wet Hot Actor 2015
40% A Little Game Sarah Kuftinec 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
56% The Muslims Are Coming Actor 2013
No Score Yet Satan, Hold My Hand Actor 2013
0% General Education Gale Collins 2012
20% Mighty Fine Natalie Fine (Adult) 2012
No Score Yet Why We Laugh: Funny Women Actor 2012
No Score Yet Bad Parents Kathy 2012
67% Barbershop Punk Actor 2011
No Score Yet I Am Comic Actor 2010
No Score Yet Janeane Garofalo: If You Will - Live in Seattle Actor 2010
29% Love Hurts Hannah Rosenbloom 2009
No Score Yet Labor Pains Claire 2009
No Score Yet A Bad Situationist Actor 2009
33% The Guitar Dr. Murray 2008
No Score Yet Girl's Best Friend Actor 2008
50% Then She Found Me Herself $3.8M 2007
96% Ratatouille Colette $112.5M 2007
36% The Ten Nuclear Power Plant Shift Supervisor Beth Soden $0.6M 2007
No Score Yet Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show Actor 2007
59% Al Franken: God Spoke Actor 2006
19% The Wild Bridget $37.4M 2006
No Score Yet When Stand Up Stood Out Actor 2005
56% Fuck (F*ck) Actor 2005
26% Stay Dr. Beth Levy $3.4M 2005
No Score Yet Nadine in Date Land Nadine Barnes 2005
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Dee Dee $26.2K 2005
55% Duane Hopwood Linda 2005
No Score Yet Dangerous Living Actor 2005
No Score Yet Superchunk - Crowding Up Your Visual Field Actor 2004
No Score Yet Funny Ladies Actor 2004
34% Wonderland Joy Miller 2003
No Score Yet Beyond the Ashes Liz 2003
No Score Yet Manhood Jill 2003
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything Patty 2003
No Score Yet Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World Narrator 2003
No Score Yet Ash Tuesday Actor 2003
48% Big Trouble Monica Romero 2002
82% Gigantic Actor 2002
47% Martin & Orloff Hairdresser 2002
92% The Laramie Project Catherine Connolly 2002
60% The Independent Paloma Fineman 2001
89% The Search for John Gissing Linda Barnes 2001
34% Wet Hot American Summer Beth 2001
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Minnie Mogul $0.5M 2000
51% Titan A.E. Stith 2000
51% Steal This Movie Anita Hoffman 2000
42% What Planet Are You From? Nervous Woman (uncredited) 2000
No Score Yet Let Me In - I Hear Laughter: A Tribute to the Friars Club Actor 2000
67% Dogma Liz 1999
60% The Minus Man Ferrin 1999
60% Mystery Men The Bowler 1999
28% 200 Cigarettes Ellie 1999
40% Kids in the Hall 'Brain Candy' Woman At Party 1999
No Score Yet The Bumblebee Flies Anyway Dr. Harriman / Handyman 1999
62% Clay Pigeons Agent Dale Shelby 1998
58% Permanent Midnight Jana 1998
36% Dog Park Jeri 1998
29% Half Baked "I'm 1998
No Score Yet Thick As Thieves Anne 1998
No Score Yet Denis Leary: Lock 'N Load Actor 1997
No Score Yet Sweethearts Actor 1997
50% The Matchmaker Marcy Tizard 1997
74% Cop Land Dep. Cindy Betts 1997
72% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Heather 1997
33% Touch Kathy Worthington 1997
No Score Yet Sweethearts Jasmine Producer 1997
11% Larger Than Life Mo 1996
53% The Cable Guy Medieval Waitress 1996
84% The Truth About Cats & Dogs Dr. Abby Barnes 1996
28% Now and Then Wiladene 1995
No Score Yet Coldblooded Honey 1995
No Score Yet Cold Blooded Actor 1995
No Score Yet I Shot a Man in Vegas Gale 1995
19% Bye Bye, Love Lucille 1994
66% Reality Bites Vickie Miner 1993
58% Late for Dinner Counter Girl 1991
97% Kiki's Delivery Service Ursula 1989


100% At Home With Amy Sedaris
  • 2019
No Score Yet Wet Hot American Summer:
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84% Wet Hot American Summer
Beth Beth
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No Score Yet Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
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  • 2014
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
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No Score Yet Night Train With Wyatt Cenac
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No Score Yet Nightcap
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79% The Jim Gaffigan Show
  • 2015
No Score Yet Delocated
Susan Shapiro
  • 2013
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No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
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No Score Yet Ugly Americans
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72% The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
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  • 2010
42% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Beth Griffin Beth Griffith
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
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No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
Appearing Panelist
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No Score Yet John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show
  • 2010
87% 24
Janis Gold
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75% Greek
Prof. Freeman
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63% Two and a Half Men
  • 2007
75% The West Wing
Louise `Lou' Thornton Louise Thornton
  • 2006
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No Score Yet The King of Queens
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
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No Score Yet King of the Hill
  • 2003
92% The Sopranos
  • 2000
No Score Yet Mad About You
  • 1999
85% The Simpsons
  • 1998
No Score Yet Law & Order
Greta Heis
  • 1997
No Score Yet Home Improvement
  • 1997
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88% Seinfeld
Jeannie Jeannie Steinman
  • 1996
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • 1995
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100% The Larry Sanders Show
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No Score Yet The Adventures of Pete & Pete
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91% The Ben Stiller Show
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Gap Year
Sam Bevan