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Janeane Garofalo Biography

Birth Place:
Newton, New Jersey, United States
Actor, comedian, writer, radio host

Fast Facts

  • 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


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