Janeane Garofalo Biography
Janeane Garofalo pursued higher education at the Providence College, where she entered and won a comedy talent search receiving the title Funniest Person in Rhode Island. Since Janeane Garofalo wanted to become one of the writers of the TV show, Late Night with David Letterman, she became a professional standup comedian after graduating college with degrees in American studies and history.
As a stand-up comedian, Janeane Garofalo made fun of popular culture, pressures of women to conform to body image promoted by the media and states that she does not tell jokes, but makes random observations and article clippings of real life. Janeane Garofalo and another comedian Marc Maron organized a weekly comedy show that played for several years at New Yorks Luna Lounge until the bar was knocked down. The two would later work together as part of the liberal radio network, Air America Radio.
Aside from her stand-up comedies, Janeane Garofalo also had a numerous TV appearances and films. Her TV debut was on the 1992 FOX Ben Stiller Show, HBOs Larry Sanders Show (from 1996 to 1997) and Saturday Night Live (from 1994 to 1995) leaving only after 6 months claiming that the SNL material was weak had a sexist attitude around the show.
After Saturday Night Live, the Hollywood sensation Janeane Garofalo received multiple offers in TV series roles, but accepted only a few. She appeared in the 2003 ABC show, Slice oLife, 2005 program All In, and playing Louise Thornton in The West Wing (2005 to 2006).
In the big screen, Janeane Garofalo starred in a critically acclaimed 1996 film, The Truth About Cats and Dogs. She also appeared as memorable supporting roles in films like Reality Bites, Now and Then, Bye Bye Love, I Shot a Man in Vegas and Cop Land. Picking unconventional characters, Janeane Garofalo can also be seen in Romy and Micheles High School Reunion, The Cable Guy, Dogma, Half-Baked, The Wild and Mystery Men. In 1997, Janeane Garofalo accepted a leading role in the film, The Matchmaker, where she plays a cynical American woman.
Janeane Garofalo has always been open and outspoken about her feminist and liberal political views in interviews throughout her career. When she lent her voice in the 2007 Pixar-Disney feature film, Ratatouille, Janeane Garofalos character had a feminist rant about being the only female chef in the all-male kitchen.