Janeane Garofalo Born in New Jersey in 1964, Janeane Garofalo attributes an early family move to Houston, Texas, as key to the development of her famously insecure, self-loathing persona still present in much of her comedy. In college, she entered a comedy contest sponsored by the Showtime TV Network and won "Funniest Person in Rhode Island." Graduating from college she struggled as a stand-up comedian for several years before moving to Los Angeles and meeting actor/comedian Ben Stiller. After stints on the "Ben Stiller Show" and the "Gary Shandling Show," Janeane co-starred in "Reality Bites" with Ben Stiller in 1994. That fall she joined "Saturday Night Live" but left after complaining about the show's declining quality.
Janeane's breakthrough role was as a co-star to Uma Thurman in the 1996 romantic comedy "The Truth about Cats and Dogs." To date, she's been in over 40 feature films, including "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," "200 Cigarettes," "Mystery Men," and "Can't Stop Dancing." Her most recent roles include "The Laramie Project" (2002), "Big Trouble" (2002), and "Martin and Orloff" (2002). The down-to-earth slacker Everyman of comedy, Janeane has been called a "Gen-X" comedian, a "cynical" comedian and a "feminist" comedian. "She's simply an intelligent comedian," says Word magazine.