Janeane Garofalo is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, writer and former co-host on Air America Radio's The Majority Report.
In addition to acting in film and television, Garofalo is a well-known stand-up comedian respected around the country and internationally.
Garofalo received rave reviews for her role as the voice of Colette in the animated hit feature Ratatouille. She has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Steal This Movie, Copland, Reality Bites and Duane Hopwood.
She is also recognized for the specific brand of sharp wit and comedy shown in her roles in Wet Hot American Summer, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Bye Bye Love, Mystery Men, Clay Pigeons, The Minus Man and The Cable Guy directed by her friend Ben Stiller.
Garofalo played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker on The Larry Sanders Show, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two CableACE nominations. In 1994, she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.
More recently, she received critical acclaim for her role as campaign manager Louise Thornton on The West Wing. Additional television work includes Strangers with Candy and Felicity.
She played the role of FBI agent Janis Gold on the action series 24, in 2009. In 2011 she starred as Beth Griffith in the Criminal Minds spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
Garofalo splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.