Actor Name: Janeane Garofalo
Janeane Garofalo is an actress, comedian and an outspoken activist who began doing stand up in 1985. Her big break came in 1992 when she became a cast member of the Emmy Award-winning "Ben Stiller Show".
During the fall of '94 Garofalo joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live". She then played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on "The Larry Sanders Show", for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. Some of Garofalo's other television work includes two specials for HBO, the series finale of "Mad About You" and the final season of "The West Wing", where she played Democratic campaign strategist Louise Thornton. She also had a recurring role in "24".
Garofalo's feature film credits include "The Truth About Cats and Dogs", "Steal This Movie", "Copland", "Reality Bites", "Duane Hopwood", "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion", "Bye Bye Love", "Mystery Men", "Clay Pigeons", "The Minus Man" and "The Cable Guy", directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Stiller and Garofalo also co-authored the bestseller Feel This Book. In 2007, her voice was featured in the Disney/Pixar animated comedy "Ratatouille".
In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane Garofalo is a spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer. She was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, "The Majority Report". A lightning rod for controversy, Garofalo's opinions and unflinching honesty inspire laughs, and strike a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. She is a noted peace activist.
Garofalo lives in New York and Los Angeles. She was born on Sept. 28 in Newton, N.J.