Janet Varney
American actor
Janet Varney
Janet Varney is an American comedic actress best known for hosting TBS's Dinner and a Movie and as the voice of Korra in The Legend of Korra.
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Soundcast Reviews: <i>Dead Pilots Society</i> & <i>The Smartest Man In The World</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
Dead Pilots Society Epi2: Only Child One of soundcasting's new scripted series features scripts not intended for the medium. Dead Pilots Society, created and presented by TV writers Andrew Reich (Friends, Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Adventures of Puss In Boots, Thrilling Adventure Hour), offers us live readings of television comedy pilots that were bought or optioned but never produced. This bottomless well of material benefits by having some amazing comedians and comedic actors reading the words of some equally amazing comedy writers. A great case in point is the second installment, Only Child. Written by (and intended to star) the hilariously dry and droll John Hodgman in a show about a hilariously dry and droll John Hodgman, age 14. Hodgman showed up at last January's San Francisco Sketchfest to read the part of himself written by himself and, after an interview with producer Blacker about how the pro0ject came about and why it went away, he and a cast read the pilot f ...
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Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani on <em>Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse</em>: Mighty Movie Podcast
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The comedy team of Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani already have a bit of notoriety attached to them: Their Kickstarter campaign for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Robotic Edition) -- which proposed to publish an edition of the Mark Twain classic with all occurrences of the N-word replaced with the word "robot" -- attracted no little attention and enough supporters to not only push them to their goal, but well beyond. With that success under their belt, they've embarked on a less unorthodox, but hopefully just as entertaining, Kickstarter campaign for a new end-of-the-world comedy, Diani &amp; Devine Meet the Apocalypse. With a solid technical crew and a cast that includes Deep Space Nine's Armin Shimerman, Buffy's Harry Groener, and Legend of Korra's Janet Varney, the project is already well-positioned to bring some mirth to unrestrained devastation, disease, and despair. Since I'm presently running my own Kickstarter campaign, I was eager to talk with people who had successfully t ...
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‘Legend of Korra’ creators, star talk about show’s Eastern morality
LATimes - over 3 years
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Go Inside Neil Patrick Harris' 'Puppet Dreams'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
File this one under "things you never knew you wanted." Nerdist has premiered a web series of Neil Patrick Harris interacting with puppets. Titled "Neil's Puppet Dreams," the video premiered Tuesday. The first episode shows Harris and his adorable husband, David Burtka, from the viewpoint of a crib -- in 2010, the couple became parents to twins, Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, via surrogate. Harris puts stuffed animal puppets in the crib to appease the crying baby before transitioning into his own dream sequence filled with puppets. "Hi, I'm Neil and I sleep a lot," Harris tells the camera. "When I dream, I dream in puppet." The four-minute video (shown above), features a pajama-clad Harris being sung a lullaby by the three puppets. Vulture reports that the puppets are from Jim Henson Studios. "Jim Henson was the only piece of fan mail I ever wrote when I was a little kid," Harris said in an interview with EW. "I’m a nerdy, geeky fan of 'Labyrinth' and 'Dark Crysta ...
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Marlee Matlin: Ann Coulter Should Apologize For Offensive Obama Tweet
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin sounded off on HuffPost Live Wednesday about conservative pundit Ann Coulter's controversial reference to President Barack Obama as a "retard" after Monday night's presidential debate. Matlin, who lost her hearing as a young child and talks with the help of an interpreter, described the pernicious effect such derogatory language can have on children -- especially those with special needs. Retard is an offensive reference to a mentally handicapped person, according to the Apple dictionary, often used as a general term of abuse. Said Matlin: I know what it's like to be growing up, called "deaf and mute" and "deaf and dumb." They're words that are very degrading and demeaning to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. It's almost … it's almost libelous, if you want to say that. And it's absolutely absurd that someone in the position that she has … to be able to use the R-word, and to refer to our president. It shouldn't even be used. ...
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WATCH: The Shocking Reason This Woman Split From Her Husband After Decades Of Marriage
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The news that Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were getting divorced after decades of marriage came as a surprise to many people, and forced them to wonder why a growing number of post-50 couples are deciding not to stay with each other into their sunset years. HuffPost Live host Janet Varney hosted a discussion of this phenomenon recently with a panel of guests, including Lola Barnett who said she and her ex-husband seemed like "the perfect couple" to outsiders, but that ultimately "no one knows what's going on with [another couple's] relationship." Barnett blamed drugs for their eventual split. "We were both into recreational drugs on a regular basis, and it led to a lot of bad decisions on our part, which ultimately broke down the honor and the trust and respect we had for each other," she told Varney. "My belief is when you don't have a strong foundation, then everything else just falls apart. And it really did." On the bright side, Barnett says her life has "blo ...
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Erin Brockovich: 'Let's Stop The Bullsh*t'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Let's stop the bullshit and get down to finding some solutions to our problems," Erin Brockovich recently declared on HuffPost Live. The consumer advocate and environmental activist recently joined host Janet Varney on HuffPost Live to adress water issues ranging from the fracking controversy to droughts plaguing the United States. The debate over fracking has heated up in the U.S., particularly in New York, where a decision on the drilling process is expected to be made soon. Proponents of fracking in New York have argued that it would bring jobs to economically depressed regions. For example, some residents faced with a struggling dairy industry may see fracking as a way to save their land. Others, such as New Yorkers Against Fracking founder Sandra Steingraber, have argued that “Sending a polluting industry into our most economically impoverished communities is a violation of environmental justice.” Anti-fracking activists have expressed concerns over t ...
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Arianna Huffington: HuffPost Live: We Need You!
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
HuffPost Live, our new live streaming network, is launching August 13. One of our goals is to create the most social video experience possible. And that's why we're putting you, the HuffPost community, front and center in everything we do, including having you join us live on the air -- an integral part of the dynamic, ongoing conversation that is the heart and soul of HuffPost Live. The days of media gods sitting up on Mt. Olympus telling us how things are have been over for a while. But now we have reached a critical mass where millions of people have a seat at the table and can join what has become a global conversation. People are tired of being talked at; they want to be talked with. The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened -- it's about everyone telling everyone what's happening right now. And now. And now... This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live. It took the Huffington Post six years to re ...
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TV: Interview: The Legend Of Korra lead Janet Varney talks fun with fandom and strong female leads 
A.V. Club - over 4 years
The Legend Of Korra’s Saturday-morning debut on Nickelodeon in April was watched by 4.5 million people—a million more than watched the season-five première of Mad Men a couple weekends earlier. Korra is the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, an enormously popular three-season Nickelodeon cartoon set in the same world, where specially talented people can “bend,” or control and shape, either water, earth, air, or fire via martial-arts moves. (The universally loathed M. Night Shyamalan film The Last Airbender adapted the series’ first season.) The original show picked up a hugely devoted adult fan base in its three-year run, and those fans have stuck around to debate the merits of the new Avatar, Korra—a teenage girl who gracefully dodges pretty much every stereotype about female cartoon characters. As Korra wraps up its first season with a double episode on Saturday, June 23, The A.V ... Read more
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First Look: Love Triangle on Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
First Look: Love Triangle on Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2012 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 07:22 a.m., Thursday, May 3, 2012 Things are heating up on Nickelodeon's new hit animated series The Legend of Korra, as this week the love triangle between Korra (voiced by Janet Varney), Mako (David Faustino) and Bolin (P.J. Byrne) is revealed. In "The Spirit of the Competition," which airs Saturday, Korra asks one of her mentor's children how to get the attention of Mako, who has started spending more time with a new girl. The show's April 14 premiere was Nick's most-watched animated series premiere in three years.
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Moontower Comedy Fest closes brilliantly with Wanda Sykes and improv from Theme Park
Laugh Spin - almost 5 years
AUSTIN – If parting is such sweet sorrow, than the departure of the Moontower Comedy &amp; Oddity Fest feels a lot like scarfing down Girl Scout cookies while sobbing. “Next year, we plan to make this the second largest comedy festival in North America,” proclaimed one of the organizers proudly, and indeed, I can’t conceive of any reason why such a goal shouldn’t be met. That said, putting an end to the fest’s inaugural year arrived in a power packed explosive comedy punch: the sort of memorable conclusion that required not just one legendary superstar, but two. First off, improv fans were treated to a goofy, magnificently weird set from make-it-up-as-you-go all stars Theme Park, comprised of Oscar Nunez and Cole Stratton (pictured to the right) and Jessica Makinson and Janet Varney. And that’s where our first legend comes in to play: setting the topics for riffing was none other than Laraine Newman, original Saturday Night Live cast member and founding comedienne of renowned LA impr ...
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The Legend of Korra: A Firebender in Trouble
IGN Entertainment - almost 5 years
Having made its big debut last weekend -- scoring 4.5 million viewers in the process -- The Legend of Korra continues this weekend with a new episode, "The Revelation." The Legend of Korra: Janet Varney Q&amp;A IGN has an exclusive clip for you from the episode, as the Firebender Mako (David Fa...
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BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights
Talk Radio Blog - almost 5 years
Tony Hale stops by What’s Your Fantasy to talk about his upcoming role on HBO’s new political drama Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He also discusses the plans for Season 4 of Arrested Development, and the upcoming movie.  Tune in here. Janet Varney, actress, comedian, co-creator/co-producer of SF Sketchfest: The San Francisco Comedy Festival, and soon to be seen in Ben Stiller’s web series, Burning Love, visits with Olivia Wilder to talk about her career.  Tune in here. Join Steve and Mary Alice as they welcome best-selling author, New Yorker writer, and Wall Street Journal columnist Jonah Lehrer for a wide-ranging exploration of creativity. Plus, they discuss his latest book, Imagine.Tune in here. Television icon, Emmy Award and People Choice Award winning actor, Eric Braeden pays a visit to Best Ever You with host Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino. Eric played one of the most popular characters in daytime history, Victor Newman, for over 31 years on the top-rated soap, ...
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"THE SELLING": Ghosts, Giggles and Gags - FANGORIA
Google News - over 5 years
Janet Varney, who has a pretty established television and film career, is a good friend of mine; we were in a sketch-comedy group together, and I developed her role specifically with her in mind. Etta and I work together as a comedy duo,
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SF Sketchfest Summer Nights: 'Labyrinth' 25th Anniversary, 'Stuffed and ... - SFist
Google News - over 5 years
... along with an impressive line-up of guests, including Chris Hardwick, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Richter, Adam Savage, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney riffing on the worst instructional, PSA, nature, science and safety videos that could be found
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Sketchfest Summer Nights - SFStation.com
Google News - over 5 years
Riffing on the worst of the worst short films, they&#39;re joined by special guests Bob Odenkirk, Chris Hardwick, Andy Richter, Cole Stratton, Janet Varney and Mythbusters&#39; Adam Savage. With a collection of such comedy heavyweights this looks to be the
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Henson Alternative Puppet Comedy Improv Show Announces Limited Run - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
SF Sketchfest co-directors Janet Varney, David Owen and Cole Stratton elaborate on how this special engagement came about: &quot;Brian Henson appeared earlier this year at SF Sketchfest for a lively, funny, and fascinating conversation-- as well as an
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Film Shorts - FWWeekly
Google News - over 5 years
This thing tells you that summer fun should be spontaneous and unplanned. There isn&#39;ta single moment here that feels spontaneous. Also with Preston Bailey, Parris Mosteller, Janet Varney, Kristoffer Winters, and Jaleel White
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Comic-Con 2011: Avatar: The Legend of Korra Coverage and Panel - UGO
Google News - over 5 years
Not to mention Janet Varney, the voice or Korra herself! So what might they be able to show off? Well, given the show&#39;s been in production for some time on its initial twelve-episode mini-series, at least some footage wouldn&#39;t be out of the question
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Film Shorts - FWWeekly
Google News - over 5 years
Also with Preston Bailey, Parris Mosteller, Janet Varney, Kristoffer Winters, and Jaleel White. Jumping the Broom (PG-13) Better than anything Tyler Perry has ever done. The marriage between a wealthy bride (Paula Patton) and a working-class groom (Laz
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Janet Varney
    THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 36
    In March 2012, she launched a podcast entitled The JV Club, hosted on Nerdist.com.
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    She appeared alongside host Paul Gilmartin and chef Claud Mann in each episode introducing movies and injecting humor during the preparation of a creative dinner to go with some theme of the movie until the series' cancellation in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Varney has written and performed several comedic audio commentaries for films along with fellow SF Sketchfest co-founder Cole Stratton. These appear on the Rifftrax website under the Rifftrax Presents branding, as being officially sanctioned by Rifftrax founder and Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumnus, Michael J. Nelson. She has performed in Rifftrax commentaries for the following films: Varney is the co-founder, creative director and producer of SF Sketchfest, The San Francisco Comedy Festival and is also the co-founder of the San Francisco sketch group Totally False People. She performed with the Los Angeles and San Francisco-based group Sequel 4000.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    Starting in 2008, she began starring in the HBO television series Entourage, playing television producer Amy Miller who works alongside Eric and Charlie.
    More Details Hide Details Varney was also cast in a movie called Best Player, starring opposite Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy. In 2005, Varney replaced Lisa Kushell as the hostess of the TBS cooking and entertainment show, Dinner and a Movie.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    In 2007, Varney appeared in the short films Random Acts of Kindness, Die Hardly Working, Eternal Waters, Worldly Possession, The Losers, Keep Off Grass, and Dress For Success which were made during the reality show On the Lot.
    More Details Hide Details She has recently appeared as recurring character "Bev" for the web series Back on Topps with Randy and Jason Sklar.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 28
    She was in a relationship with comedian Chris Hardwick from 2004 to 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In young adulthood, Varney was diagnosed with depersonalization disorder.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 17
    Varney was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated as salutatorian from Rincon High School in 1993 and is an alumna of San Francisco State University where she majored in theater.
    More Details Hide Details She later pursued a career in interior design before eventually finding her way back into acting. Varney was raised Mormon, but left the church at 17 and now identifies as an agnostic. Varney is of English and Scottish descent. Varney was co-host of The Hollywood Show with Brian Unger, a recurring player on Norm Macdonald's sketch show Back to Norm and an ensemble player on Crossballs, all for Comedy Central. She also starred in the short-lived FOX comedy Happy Hour.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Age 0
    Born on February 16, 1976.
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