Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Date of birth: 28-09-1964
Janeane Garofalo has been performing stand-up since the Eighties and has worked on TV shows such as The Ben Stiller Show, Saturday Night Live. Ideal, and The Larry Sanders Show, where she played the booker Paula.

She has also had two HBO specials, although she hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2009, when she walked off stage at the Latitude festival in Suffolk just ten minutes into her set.

Garofalo is an outspoken activist, and was instrumental in launching the first liberal radio network in the US, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show.

In movies she has starred in The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Dogma, Cable Guy, Reality Bites, Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion and lent her voice to Ratatouille. She has also had straight acting roles in 24 and The West Wing. She also co-wrote Feel This Book with Ben Stiller.

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Janeane Garofalo joins Foreign Bodies

Starring alongside Tim Key

E4’s backpacking comedy Foreign Bodies has signed up Janeane Garofalo as a regular guest star.

The comedian, whose credits include The Larry Sanders Show and Ideal, will play Sam, a jaded traveller who has spent 20 years in exotic places.

Her permanently unimpressed cynicism is described as a ‘counterpoint to the excitable, wide-eyed young travellers she meets, and she’s quick to dispel them of their romantic and idiotic assumptions about the world’.

Also in the cast is the previously announced Tim Key, who plays a 38-year-old in denial about his marriage and his business, who joins a much younger group of gap-year travellers.

The eight-part series was created by comedian Tom Basden, who wrote it with Rev’s James Wood, Shameless writers  Amy Roberts and Loren McLaughlin, Charlie Covell (who played Trish in three episodes of Peep Show), Key and Jonny Sweet.

It is set in  China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, and is due to air on E4 early next year.

The international cast includes newcomer Anders Hayward as delusional romantic Dylan; Ade Oyefeso as a friendly, easy-going Brit; Brittney Wilson as a blunt American student who is book-smart but emotionally immature; and Alice Lee as a highly-strung worrier.

Made by UK production company Eleven and Entertainment On, the series will also air on America’s TNT channel later next year.

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Published: 17 Jun 2016


Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Janeane Garofalo

Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Janeane Garofalo [2013]

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Janeane Garofalo: Put a Pin in That


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