Janeane Garofalo

  • Birth Place: Newton, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Radio host
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  • Named the Funniest Person in Rhode Island in a Showtime-sponsored comedian search while she was still in college.
  • Worked as a Boston bike messenger during the early days of her stand-up career.
  • Married her then-boyfriend, writer Robert Cohen, in 1991 in Las Vegas as a joke; the relationship ended soon after, but they didn't bother to get divorced until 2012.
  • Early TV work was on the sketch comedies the Ben Stiller Show and Saturday Night Live.
  • Played Mabel, the grown-up daughter of Helen Hunt's and Paul Reiser's characters, in the 1999 finale of NBC sitcom Mad About You.
  • Hosted a talk show on the now-defunct progressive radio network Air America Radio.
  • Moved into more dramatic TV roles with one-season stints on West Wing, 24 and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
  • Named her entertainment company I Hate Myself Productions.
  • Has several tattoos, including the word "Think" inked on her forearm.


  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Craig Bierko — Ex-significant Other
  • Carmine Garofalo — Father
  • Mitch Rouse — Ex-significant Other
  • Robert Cohen — Ex-husband
  • Joan Garofalo — Mother


  • Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (BA in History, 1986)
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