Janeane Garofalo is, was and shall ever be a comedy darling. She broke through in a big way in 1992, performing on one of the all-time lineups for an HBO Young Comedians Special and co-starring in both The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Over the next few years, she also racked up big-screen roles in Reality Bites, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, The Cable Guy, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Mystery Men and Wet Hot American Summer. After a period on the radio with Air America, Garofalo’s more recent credits have included 24, Delocated, Broad City, The Jim Gaffigan Show and the Wet Hot prequel on Netflix. Her newest role is in the film Little Boxes which premieres at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Garofalo talked with me about watching Bill Hicks as a teenager, the importance of Garry Shandling, finding out where you fit, and how showing value in others is as vital as having value in yourself.
Note to Wikipedia: Garofalo denied helping start the Eating It shows at Luna Lounge, although she did help produce other showcases in NYC during that period in the 1990s.
I’m honored to spend some time with her, so let’s get to it!