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, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Theater major
Alma mater San Francisco State University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Website
janetvarney.com

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

Early life[edit]

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

Career[edit]

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. Varney was also cast 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.

Rifftrax[edit]

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] She has also narrated some of the videos on WatchMojo.com, which can be viewed on YouTube.

Personal life[edit]

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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Stuck Jane
2004 Catwoman Party Girl
2007 Humble Pie Joleen
2007 Dante's Inferno Cleopatra / Various (voice)
2008 Bill Amelia Short film
2009 Still Waiting... Haley Video
2010 Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega Sylvia Fishtickle - Mom
2011 Selling, TheThe Selling Mary Best
2011 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Mom
2014 Present Tense Cynthia Short film
TBA Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse Shana Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Back to Norm Christine MacDonald TV film
2006 Free Ride Megan Episode: "Up the Aunty"
2006 Love, Inc. Glenda Episode: "Full House"
2006 Happy Hour Molly Episode: "The Mix CD"
2006 What About Brian Carol Episode: "What About First Steps"
2007 Home Purchasing Club Debbie Driscoll TV series
2007 Untitled Rob Roy Thomas Project, TheThe Untitled Rob Roy Thomas Project Ellie Tennant TV film
2007 Halfway Hot Kimberly Costas Episodes: "Halfway Hot", "Halfway High School"
2007 Die Hardly Working Heroine TV film
2007 Eternal Waters Lead TV short
2007 Wordly Possessions Nancy Bates TV film
2007 How I Met Your Mother Stacey Gusar Episode: "Little Boys"
2007 Weekend, TheThe Weekend Madelaine TV film
2008 Chocolate News Trina Johns Episodes: "1.3", "1.7"
2008 Man Stroke Woman Various TV film
2008 Psych Mindy Howland Episode: "Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller?"
2008-2009 Back on Topps Bev Cleary TV series
2008 Entourage Amy Miller Episodes: "Redomption", "Seth Green Day"
2009 Entourage Amy Miller Episode: "One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car"
2009 Memory Lanes Tracy Morris TV film
2009 Bones Maureen Perot Episode: "The Bones That Foam"
2009 Better Off Ted Lawyer Episode: "Trust and Consequence"
2009 Married Not Dead Susan TV film
2011 Hot in Cleveland Ellen Episode: "Bad Bromance"
2011 Best Player Tracy Saunders TV film
2012 Game, TheThe Game Summer Grayson Episodes: "Drink, Pray, Love", "Party in a Box"
2012 Sullivan & Son Kim Elliot Episode: "The Bar Birthday"
2012 Children's Hospital Stacy Episode: "Ladies Night"
2012 Neil's Puppet Dreams Patron Episode: "The Restaurant"
2012 Exes, TheThe Exes Lorna Episode: "Shall We Dance"
2012-2013 Burning Love Carly Regular role (20 episodes)
2012-present Legend of Korra, TheThe Legend of Korra Korra Main role
2013 MyMusic Nancy Spackman Episode: "I Can't See!!!"
2013 Kroll Show Wife Episode: "Secret Room"
2014 Kroll Show Mrs. Wilson / Jessica Episode: "Sponsored by Stamps"
2014 Psych Connie Camp Episode: "Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement"
2014 Exes, TheThe Exes Lorna Episode: "Friends Without Benefits"
2014 Warehouse 13 Elise Episode: "Secret Services"
2014 Maron Delphine Episode: "Therapy"
2014 You're the Worst Becca Barbara Recurring role

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