June Diane Raphael

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June Diane Raphael
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Raphael at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2011.
Born June Diane Raphael
(1980-01-04) January 4, 1980 (age 34)
Rockville Centre, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedienne, writer
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Paul Scheer (m. 2009)

June Diane Raphael (RAY-feel; born January 4, 1980)[1] 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. More recently, her Sundance film Ass Backwards, a female buddy comedy which she co-wrote and stars in with her creative partner Casey Wilson, was released in 2013.

Raphael also co-hosts the popular movie discussion podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside Paul Scheer and Jason Mantzoukas.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Career[edit]

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 in the films Girl Most Likely, Going the Distance, Zodiac, Bachelorette, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, 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 (right) and Casey Wilson (left) with Ass Backwards director Chris Nelson (center) at the 2013 Outfest film festival.

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 released the film on November 8, 2013.[3] Raphael and Wilson are currently writing a second film to star in together to be produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's company Gary Sanchez Productions.[4]

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 co-starred in the Adult Swim action-comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV::, which aired for three seasons from 2011 to 2013. She currently co-hosts with her husband, Paul Scheer, the movie discussion 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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 UCB two-woman sketch show, and started dating shortly afterwards. They moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2005. In October 2009, they married at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.[6] They welcomed their first child, a son, born on April 30, 2014.[7]

Other[edit]

Raphael and comedienne 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".[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Wedding Weekend Ted's Tammy
Caffeine: A Love Story June Short film
2007 Zodiac Mrs. Toschi
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Ann at the Bar
2009 Bride Wars Amanda Screenwriter
Year One Maya
2010 The Dry Land Susie
Cried Suicide Jessica Short film
Going the Distance Karen
Weakness Elizabeth
2012 Bachelorette Cool Stripper
Girl Most Likely Dara
2013 Ass Backwards Kate Fenner Screenwriter, Executive Producer
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Chani's Boss
2015 Unfinished Business TBA Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ed Student 1 episode
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
Free Agents Julie 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–present New Girl Sadie Season 1-present (recurring; 6 episodes)
2012-13 Burning Love Julie Gristlewhite Series regular
Whitney Chloe 2 episodes
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 The Greatest Event in Television History Emily Scott 1 episode
The Mason Twins Pender Mason Star, Creator, Executive Producer
NBC sitcom pilot

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