Janeane Garofalo is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radio’s “The Majority Report”.
The winner of numerous comedy awards and recognitions, Garofalo officially began her career in stand-up comedy in the late 1980s during the pre-grunge era. Garofalo and comedian Marc Maron helped organize the weekly alternative “Eating It” standup comedy show, with different line-ups each week, which played for years at the Luna Lounge in New York’s Lower East Side before the bar was finally razed. Later Garofalo and Maron would again work together during the creation and early days of liberal radio network Air America Radio. In April 2004, she was selected as #99 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
The mid-1990s were what Garofalo has termed the height of her popularity. Before her film appearance in “The Truth About Cats and Dogs”, she was visible from television work and memorable supporting roles in films such as “Reality Bites”, “Bye Bye Love” and “Now and Then” and a leading role in “I Shot a Man in Vegas”. Garofalo has had a variety of leading, supporting and cameo roles in films as diverse as “Cop Land”, “Wet Hot American Summer”, “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”, “Dogma”, “The Cable Guy”, “Mystery Men”, “The Wild” and “Clay Pigeons”.