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Janeane Garofalo is a prominent stand-up comedian, actress and activist, known for her critical and hilarious critiques of society and her self-depracating comic style. Garofalo came to fame in the early 90's, as a struggling stand up comedian and later got her big break with a cast role in The Ben Stiller Show and Saturday Night Live. After SNL, Garofalo's career as an actress blossomed, as she focused her efforts on other ventures in film and television. To date, she has starred in dozens of movies and television shows, as well as five documentaries and four short films.
While recently, Janeane Garofalo has gained fame as a television and film star, her interests still lie primarily with her stand up roots. Garofalo can be found regularly touring, whether in small and secluded venues, or in large-scale, sold-out concert tours. Popular issues addressed in Garofalo's stand up routines include her take on religious and political issues, women's roles in society and hilarious observations about life from the point of view of a woman.
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Janeane Garofalo is of Italian/Irish descent, the child of Carmine Garofalo, a former oil executive, and Joan Garofalo, a secretary who died of cancer when Janeane was 24. She grew up in various places, including Houston, Texas and Ontario, California. While studying history at Providence College, Janeane Garofalo entered a comedy talent search sponsored by the Showtime cable network, winning the title of "Funniest Person in Rhode Island". Her original gimmick was to read off her hand, which was not successful in subsequent performances. Dreaming of earning a slot on the writing staff of the TV show Late Night With David Letterman, she became a professional standup upon graduating college with degrees in history and American studies. She struggled for a number of years, working briefly as a bike messenger in Boston.
Janeane Garofalo's comedy shows involve her and her notebook, which is filled with years' worth of article clippings and random observations she references for direct quotes during her act, and uses current events to enhance the improvised, fully conversational aspect of her standup. Janeane Garofalo feels she does not tell jokes but makes observations and hopes to get laughs. In her act, she once told of getting mugged and having her notebook stolen: "So, if you see two guys bombing at the Funny Bone, that's them".
Her television series debut was on the short-lived The Ben Stiller Show on Fox in 1992, on which she was a cast member alongside longtime friends Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Dick and David Cross (who was a writer on the show). A chance meeting on the set of that show led her to be offered the role of Paula on The Larry Sanders Show on HBO, earning her two Emmy Award nominations in 1996 and 1997. Following The Ben Stiller Show's cancellation, Janeane Garofalo joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL) in its 1994-95 season. She has since appeared in numerous television and film roles while continuing with standup comedy.