Janet Varney, born on the 16th February 1976, was raised in Tucson, Arizona. On graduating from Rincon High School in 1993, she moved to San Francisco State University and majored in Theatre. It was here that she met David Owen & Cole Stratton, with whom she created a comic sketch group. This led to the trio forming San Francisco Sketchfest in 2001, which showcased the best comic sketch groups from Northern California. The SketchFest was a huge success & attracted a lot of attention to the much-neglected Comedy Sketch Genre.
As her biography reveals, she moved to Los Angeles in 2003, where she began her acting career with Stuck (2003) & played an extra in the 2004’s Catwoman. During that very year, her talent was recognized & Comedy Central offered her to co-host The Hollywood Show with Brian Unger to interview the celebrities & Back to Norm, a sketch series by Norm MacDonald (2005), along with Crossballs. Owing to her on-screen spontaneity & charming live performance, she was made the co-host for the series, Dinner & A Movie, which was a popular cook-up recipe show. The show was basically a recipe to go along with the movie, which went on air for 7 long illustrious years, which showcased the incredible talent of Janet Varney.
During this period, she appeared in many shows & one-offs like Free Ride, Love, Inc., What About Brian, Die Hardly Working, The Losers, Eternal Waters & the short-lived comedy Happy Hour. She appeared regularly on E! & as a lead role in Burning Love Seasons 1 & 3. Janet has also made cameos in hit series like Bones, Psych, How I Met Your Mother & Key & Peele. In 2008, Janet featured in the hit series Entourage & is expected to be recurring in various episodes. Janet has also appeared in movies like Still Waiting, Dante’s Inferno, The Selling, Drillbit Taylor, Present Tense, Judy Moody & the Not Bummer Summer while her latest offering Norm of the North is due for release in 2016.
In 2012, she landed up as a voice over actor for the lead role of Korra in The Legends of Korra. The animated series went for a whopping 52 hit episodes. Janet revealed in an interview that the Legends of Korra was a truly diverse show with diverse ethnicity, gender & sexuality on the show, which was lacking in the genre of Anime & hence was a very fulfilling opportunity. Janet continued to appear in shows like You’re the Worst, Kroll Show, Sanjay & Craig, Warehouse 13, Shameless & Other Space.
Janet has displayed her multi-talented personality through her work. With accolades like “The Comedic Event of the Year”, “One of the biggest, prestigious festivals of the West Coast”, it can be said that till this date, the Sketchfest remains Janet’s greatest achievement. Janet’s enormous contribution is also attributed to the success of the Sketchfest. Along with the Sketchfest, she’s a regular contributor to Rifftrax, a comic audio commentary show & launched a podcast for the nerds called The JV Club in 2012.
Her status of being married & her husband is still unknown.
She is very active on social media & can be followed on Twitter under the handle @janetvarney.
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