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"Is being an idiot like being high all the time?"

Janeane Garafalo (born September 28, 1964) is an American comedienne, actress, and the quintessential Gen X chick. Often cited as the real-life Daria.note 

A stand up comic by trade, she was first discovered during a comedy talent search by Showtime. Her TV debut was on The Ben Stiller Show (the second one), which resulted in Garofalo and Ben Stiller getting cozy for a while. A lucky break landed her the role of Paula on The Larry Sanders Show, netting her two Emmy nominations.

Garofalo joined Saturday Night Live during the show's 1994-95 season, which was fraught with Seasonal Rot the likes of which haven't been seen on the show since the 1980-1981 season note . Garofalo hated her time on the show, describing the sketches as "juvenile" and "homophobic" and referring to the male-dominated cast and writing staff as an "immature boys' club." Garofalo quit midseason (her last episode was a February 1995 episode hosted by George Clooney) and was replaced by Molly Shannon.


Her other notable 90's roles include Jerry's Distaff Counterpart on Seinfeld, a snarky Gap manager in Reality Bites, and starring alongside Uma Thurman in The Truth About Cats & Dogs. She continues to act on television.

In the 2000's, her acting has largely taken a backseat to her current work as a liberal political pundit, most prominently as host of her own show on the short-lived Air America Radio.


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