June Diane Raphael
|June Diane Raphael|
Raphael at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2011.
|Born||June Diane Raphael
January 4, 1980
Rockville Centre, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, comedienne, writer|
June Diane Raphael (RAY-feel; born January 4, 1980) is an American actress, comedienne, and screenwriter, best known for starring in the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV:: and the web series Burning Love. Her Sundance film Ass Backwards, a female buddy comedy which she co-wrote and co-stars in with her screenwriting partner Casey Wilson, was released on November 8, 2013.
Raphael was born and raised in Rockville Centre, New York, to parents Diane and John Raphael, where she graduated from South Side High School in 1998. She is of Irish heritage and was raised Catholic. She has two older sisters, Lauren Raphael and New York-based actress Deanna Raphael.
After high school, Raphael attended New York University (NYU), where she studied acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. After graduating from NYU in 2002, Raphael and her best friend from college, Casey Wilson, began studying improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City, where they would eventually run their two-woman sketch show for a number of years. Performing the long-running stage show opened doors for them as writers. After performing the show at the "U.S. Comedy Arts Festival" in 2005, they were hired by New Regency Pictures to write the film Bride Wars and landed a development deal with UPN to create a sitcom pilot.
Raphael began her comedy career writing and performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in New York and later in Los Angeles. Among her best known work at UCB, was the long-running sketch show Rode Hard and Put Away Wet, written and performed alongside her comedy partner and best friend Casey Wilson; the stage show ran from 2003 to 2006 in New York and Los Angeles and was an official selection at 2005's US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The two women, who had first met in a clowning class during their freshman year at NYU, went on to win the ECNY Award for "Best Comedy Duo" in 2005. They also performed as members of the UCB improv teams "Mr. and Mrs. All-Star", "Sentimental Lady", and "Hey, Uncle Gary!". Raphael and Wilson's comedic partnership has since branched out into an active writing career in film and television, they co-wrote their first screenplay for the comedy Bride Wars, which they also appeared in with supporting roles, followed by landing a development deal with UPN in 2005 to create a half-hour comedy pilot and in 2007 they worked as writers and story editors on the Americanized version of Creature Comforts on CBS. They also continue to contribute comedic videos to the humor website Funny or Die.
As a film and television actress, Raphael has made guest appearances on shows such as Party Down, Happy Endings, Animal Practice, American Dad!, Kroll Show, Funny or Die Presents, Big Lake, Drunk History, Flight of the Conchords and currently recurs as Dr. Sadie on the FOX sitcom New Girl. She has appeared with supporting roles in the films Girl Most Likely, Going the Distance, Zodiac, Bachelorette, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Year One. In 2010, Raphael co-starred as Barb in the improvised comedy series Players on Spike TV. She also starred in all three seasons of the web series Burning Love alongside Ken Marino and Michael Ian Black.
Raphael continues to collaborate with writing partner Casey Wilson on scripts for film and television, they have worked on numerous script rewrites for films in development, such as projects with Anna Faris and America Ferrera attached to star. Recent scripts in development they worked on include the Universal Pictures comedy The Bachelorette Party, as well as writing new drafts for the romantic comedies You Complete Us for Endgame Entertainment and A Season in Central Park for Warner Bros. As writer-performers, Raphael and Wilson also continue to generate material for themselves. They most recently wrote and starred together in the raunchy female buddy comedy Ass Backwards, which also co-stars Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Paul Scheer, and Bob Odenkirk. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2013. Since its Sundance premiere, the film was acquired by Gravitas Ventures, who made the film available on VOD beginning September 30, 2013 before its theatrical release on November 8, 2013. June and Casey are currently writing another film to star in together that will be produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's company Gary Sanchez Productions.
In February 2010, Raphael joined the rotating cast of the Off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron) at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan. Raphael and Casey Wilson have created their newest comedic stage show The Realest Real Housewives, which they star in alongside Jessica St. Clair, Melissa Rauch, Danielle Schneider and Morgan Walsh. The show began running monthly at the Los Angeles Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2011. Raphael also contributed short stories to the 2010 book "Worst Laid Plans", based on the long-running stage show, which she frequently performed in.
Raphael and writing partner Casey Wilson are currently developing TV projects through ABC Studios and have sold two scripts for the 2014 pilot season development slate. The first is D.I.N.K.s which sold to ABC with Happy Endings showrunner Jonathan Groff attached as executive producer. The second is The Mason Twins, which sold to NBC with Glee writer Stacy Traub attached as executive producer. Raphael is currently attached to star in D.I.N.K.s, it is not yet known if Wilson will have an on-screen role in either project.
Raphael lives in Los Angeles and is married to actor/comedian Paul Scheer. They began dating in January 2004, after first meeting when the artistic director of Manhattan's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre brought Scheer in to offer advice to Raphael and her comedy partner Casey Wilson on making improvements to their two-woman sketch show. They moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2005. In 2009, they were married at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. In December 2010, they began hosting the comedy podcast How Did This Get Made? along with comedian Jason Mantzoukas. The podcast is a roundtable discussion where Scheer, Raphael, Mantzoukas and other special guests try make sense of movies that make absolutely no sense. Raphael also currently co-stars in Scheer's comedy-action series NTSF:SD:SUV:: on Adult Swim.
Raphael and actress/comedian Kulap Vilaysack are the founders and directors of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB) associated "UCB Corps" community, a volunteer charity organization. Raphael and Vilaysack organize charity events and projects to help improve the community, with the help of volunteers and other UCB performers "who want to make our world a better place".
|2006||The Wedding Weekend||Ted's Tammy|
|Caffeine: A Love Story||June||Short film|
|2008||Forgetting Sarah Marshall||Ann at the Bar|
|2010||The Dry Land||Susie|
|Cried Suicide||Jessica||Short film|
|Going the Distance||Karen|
|Girl Most Likely||Dara|
|2013||Ass Backwards||Kate Fenner||Screenwriter & executive producer|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Chani's Boss|
|2007||Derek and Simon: The Show||June||1 episode|
|Flight of the Conchords||Felicia||1 episode|
|The Very Funny Show||Cast Member||Series regular|
|2007–2008||Human Giant||Various||4 episodes|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Liz||1 episode|
|2010||Party Down||Danielle Lugozshe||2 episodes|
|Players||Barb Tolan||Series regular|
|Big Lake||Miss Hauser||1 episode|
|2010–2011||Funny or Die Presents||Various Characters||5 episode|
|2011||Happy Endings||Melinda Shershow||1 episode|
|2011–2013||American Dad||Various Voices||3 episodes|
|2011–present||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Piper Ferguson||Series regular|
|2012||Animal Practice||Dr. Jill Leiter||3 episodes|
|2012–2013||New Girl||Sadie||4 episodes|
|Burning Love||Julie Gristlewhite||Series regular|
|2013||Drunk History||Isabella Stewart Gardner||1 episode|
|Kroll Show||Dina Bludd||1 episode|
|Inside Amy Schumer||Mandy||1 episode|
|Parks & Recreation||Tynnyfer||1 episode|
|2014||D.I.N.K.s||TBA||Co-creator and Executive Producer (ABC pilot in development)|
|The Mason Twins||Co-creator and Executive Producer (NBC pilot in development)|
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