Janet Varney

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Janet Varney
Janet Varney by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Janet Maureen Varney
(1976-02-16) February 16, 1976 (age 38)
Arizona, United States
Nationality American
Education Theater major
Alma mater San Francisco State University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Janet Varney (born February 16, 1976) is an American actress best known for hosting TBS's Dinner and a Movie and as the voice of Korra in The Legend of Korra.

Early life[edit]

Varney was born in Arizona. She is an alumna of San Francisco State University where she majored in theater. After school she pursued a career in interior design before eventually finding her way back into acting.[1]


Television projects[edit]

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." 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. She has recently appeared as recurring character "Bev" for the web series Back on Topps with Randy and Jason Sklar. Starting in 2008, she began starring in the HBO television series Entourage, playing television producer Amy Miller who works alongside Eric and Charlie. And very recently was in a movie called "Best Player" starring opposite Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy.

Dinner and a Movie[edit]

In 2005, Varney replaced Lisa Kushell as the hostess of the TBS cooking and entertainment show, Dinner and a Movie. Since then, she has 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.


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" alum, Michael J. Nelson.

She has performed in Rifftrax commentaries for the following films:

  • Footloose
  • Poltergeist
  • Ghost
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Jaws 3
  • Flatliners
  • The Lost Boys

Other professional projects[edit]

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. In March 2012, she launched a podcast entitled The JV Club, hosted on Nerdist.com.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She was in a relationship with comedian Chris Hardwick from 2004 to 2011.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Stuck Jane
2004 Catwoman Party Girl
2007 American Fork Joleen
Dante's Inferno Additional voices Voice
2008 Drillbit Taylor Attractive Woman Driver
Bill Amelia Short
2009 Still Waiting... Haley
2010 Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega Sylvia Fishtickle
2011 The Selling Mary Best
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Mrs. Moody
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Crossballs: The Debate Show Various Characters
2005 The Hollywood Show Co-Host TV Movie
Back to Norm Christine Macdonald TV Movie
2005–2011 Dinner and a Movie Hostess
2006 What About Brian Carol Episode: "What About First Steps..."
Happy Hour Molly Episode: "The Mix CD"
Love, Inc. Glenda Episode: "Full House"
Free Ride Megan Episode: "Up the Aunty"
2007 How I Met Your Mother Stacey Gusar Episode: "Little Boys"
On the Lot Actress Episode: "Season Finale"
Worldly Possession Nancy Bates TV Movie
Eternal Waters Lead TV Short
Die Hardly Working Heroin TV Movie
Halfway Home Kimberly Costas Episodes: "Halfway Hot", "Halfway highschool"
The Weekend End Madelaine TV Movie
The Untitled Rob Roy Thomas Project Ellie Tennant TV Movie
2008 Chocolate News Trina Johns 2 episodes
Psych Mindy Howland Episode: "Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller?"
Man Stroke Woman Various Characters TV Movie
2008-2009 Entourage Amy Miller 3 episodes
2009 Bones Maureen Perot Episode: "The Bones That Foam"
Better Off Ted Lawyer Episode: "Trust and Consequence"
Memory Lanes Tracy Morris TV Movie
Married Not Dead Susan TV Movie
2011 Best Player Tracy Saunders TV Movie
Hot in Cleveland Ellen Episode: "Bad Bromance"
2012 Game, TheThe Game Summer Grayson Episodes: "Drink, Pray, Love", "Party in a Box"
Childrens Hospital Stacy Episode: "Ladies Night"
The Exes Lorna Episode: "Shall We Dance"
Sullivan & Son Kim Elliot Episode: "The Bar Birthday"
2012-present Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra Korra Voice, Lead Role
2013 Kroll Show Wife Episode: "Secret Room"
2014 Psych Connie Camp Episode: "Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement"
Year Title Role Notes
2012 Burning Love Carly
2013 Burning Love:Burning Down the House Carly
2013 MyMusic Nancy Spackman


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