Janeane Garofalo is an American comedian, writer, and actress who is famous for her appearances in shows like “The Ben Stiller Show,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Saturday Night Live.” She was also a former co-host on “Air America Radio’s The Majority Report.”
Aside from comedy and acting, Garofalo is also into writing. She co-wrote a comedic book with American actor, comedian, and filmmaker Ben Stiller titled “An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction.”
This book was released in 1999, and as of the day this post was made, its hardcover sells for a price of $21.24, while paperback and audio cassette go for $16.99 and $12.95 on Amazon, respectively.
|Janeane Marie Garofalo
|59 years old
|Date of Birth
|September 28, 1964
|Place of Birth
|Newton, New Jersey
|Actress & Comedian
|Father: Carmine Garofalo
Mother: Joan Garofalo
|Divorced once but now married
|Robert Cohen (m. 1992–2012)
|Brody Tate (m: 2015)
Janeane Garofalo Biography
Janeane Garofalo was born in Newton, New Jersey, USA, on September 28, 1964. Her parents are Carmine Garofalo (father) and Joan Garofalo (mother).
Unfortunately, Garofalo lost her mother, Joan, to cancer in 1998. Joan used to work as a secretary at Conoco-Phillips (a petrochemical company) before she died. Her father, on the other hand, used to work as an Exxon executive.
In terms of Garofalo’s educational background, she attended Madison High School, Madison, NJ, before being transferred to James E. Taylor High School in Houston, Texas.
After finishing Taylor High School, she attended Providence College, Providence, and graduated with BA honors in History in 1986.
Janeane Garofalo Career
Janeane Garofalo started making people laugh in the mid-1980s with her stand-up comedy. She is known for her laid-back style and making fun of herself.
Instead of telling jokes, she likes to share observations, using a notebook filled with clippings and random thoughts during her acts.
In the early 1990s, she was part of the alternative comedy scene in Los Angeles and even helped create the “Eating It” stand-up comedy show.
In the movies she has been in over 50 and had big roles in films like Reality Bites, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, and Wet Hot American Summer.
Interestingly, she said no to a part in Jerry Maguire when they asked her to lose weight. She also turned down a role in Scream because she thought it would be too violent.
Janeane’s big break on TV came in 1990 when she met Ben Stiller. They joined forces for The Ben Stiller Show in 1992. She got Emmy nominations for her role on The Larry Sanders Show and later spent some time on Saturday Night Live.
On TV, she appeared in different guest roles, like on Seinfeld and NewsRadio. Some shows she tried didn’t get picked up, but she still found success on The West Wing, 24, and Ideal.
In 2015, she was part of the Netflix prequel to Wet Hot American Summer.
As a writer, Janeane wrote a funny book with Ben Stiller in 1999 called “Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction.” The book became a bestseller, according to The New York Times.
Also, Garofalo wrote her own show called “HBO Comedy Half-Hour,” co-created jokes for The Ben Stiller Show, and even wrote an episode for a series called Head Case. Furthermore, she took the reins as both the writer and director for a humorous short film titled “Housekeeping” in 2001.
Here is a list of some films/TV shows Garofalo has appeared in over the years in her acting career:
- The Apology
- We Baby Bears
- Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens
- God Committee
- Asking for It
- BoJack Horseman
- Joe Pera Talks with You
- Southland Tales
- Freak Show
- The West Wing
- Campus Ladies
- The Ten
- The Wild
- Pilot Season
Is Janeane Garofalo Married – Who is Her Husband?
Yes, Janeane Garofalo is married. She tied the knot with a man named Brody Tate in 2015. Brody was born in 1960 and is 64 years old.
However, that was not Janeane’s first marriage. In 1991, Janeane got married to Robert Cohen in Las Vegas, thinking it was just for fun and not really serious unless they did some paperwork. Turns out, it was a real marriage which they ended in 2012.
Rumors circulated that Janeane dated actor Bob Odenkirk from around 1995 to 1996. However, it remains a rumor to date.
Janeane Garofalo Children – Does She Have Any?
No, Janeane does not have any children. She and her husband, Brody Tate, have decided not to have kids. They see their little pets as their babies.
Janeane Garofalo is someone who talks a lot about her liberal views and is a feminist.
It’s interesting because she grew up in a conservative family but openly talks about being an atheist.
She is into events that support secularism, which means keeping religion separate from things like politics.
One of the big moments for her was when she said no to the Iraq War in 2003. She was all over CNN and Fox News, having real talks about it.
Apart from talking, she took part in things like the Code Pink march against the war in Washington, D.C., and even hosted the Tell Us the Truth tour.
Janeane Garofalo Physique
Janeane Garofalo is about 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 105 pounds. Her body measurements are 33-25-29 inches, and she has an average body type.
She has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes, which gives her a distinct and natural look that goes perfectly with her one-of-a-kind personality.