|Born||February 16, 1976|
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Alma mater||San Francisco State University (BA)|
Janet Varney (born February 16, 1976) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She is known for voicing the character of Korra in the Nickelodeon animated television series The Legend of Korra, co-starring as Sheriff Evie Barret in the television series Stan Against Evil, and a recurring role as Becca Barbara in You're the Worst.
Varney has hosted The JV Club podcast since 2012 and is also the co-host of the Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast. She is the co-founder, creative director and producer of the long-running comedy festival SF Sketchfest in San Francisco.
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, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997. 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 began to identify as an agnostic. Varney is of English and Scottish descent.
Varney made her television debut in 2004 as a guest on the Comedy Central debate show Crossballs. She has appeared as a guest star in series including Bones, Better Off Ted, How I Met Your Mother, and Hot in Cleveland. Varney has had recurring roles on the shows Entourage (HBO), Burning Love (Yahoo! Screen), Country Comfort (Netflix), You're the Worst (FX), and Take My Wife (Seeso).
In 2012, she co-created Neil's Puppet Dreams with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. In 2012, Varney also began her role voicing the main character of Korra on the Nickelodeon animated series The Legend of Korra, a spin-off of the series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Varney voiced the character of Korra for all four seasons of the show, which ended in 2015.
In 2016, Varney was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role on Everyone's Crazy But Us, a web series produced on Funny or Die.
Varney was a main cast member on IFC's Stan Against Evil, playing Sheriff Evie Barret. The show ran for three seasons from 2016-2018. She was also the host of ESCAPE!, a web series broadcast on Geek & Sundry where teams of celebrities work together to get out of an escape room. The show ran for one season in 2017.
In 2018 Varney created, produced and starred in Fortune Rookie, an 8-episode web series presented by IFC.
Dinner and a Movie
In 2005, Varney replaced Lisa Kushell as the host of the TBS cooking and entertainment show Dinner and a Movie. She appeared with Paul Gilmartin and Claud Mann in each episode, introducing films and injecting humor during the preparation of a creative dinner for some themes. The series was cancelled in 2011.
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 they are officially sanctioned by RiffTrax founder and Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumnus Michael J. Nelson.
She has performed in Rifftrax commentaries for the following films:
- Dirty Dancing
- Jaws 3-D
- The Lost Boys
- Batman vs Superman
In March 2012, Varney launched a podcast entitled The JV Club, hosted on Nerdist.com from 2012 to 2018. In November 2018, it was announced that The JV Club would be moving to the Maximum Fun network. The podcast released its 500th episode in Jan 2023.
Varney has participated on a regular basis on the improv comedy podcast Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins, where she is referred to as "Little Janet" Varney. She is also one of the core cast members of the improvised SciFi podcast Voyage to the Stars, and the podcast Thrilling Adventure Hour.
Avatar: Braving the Elements, an official Nickelodeon companion podcast to Avatar: The Last Airbender, premiered on June 22, 2021, hosted by Varney (the voice of Korra) and Dante Basco (the voice of Zuko). The podcast is an episode-by-episode deep dive into the Avatarverse with special guest appearances.
She has appeared on the podcast Hello from the Magic Tavern as characters Braidwynn the Warrior Elf and Crone Bakeress.
Other professional projects
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 is a core member of the Los Angeles based improv group Theme Park Improv. She performed with the Los Angeles and San Francisco-based group Sequel 4000.
Varney dated comedian Chris Hardwick from 2004 to 2011. In 2018, Varney came out as bisexual. In young adulthood, Varney was diagnosed with depersonalization disorder.
|Dante's Inferno||Cleopatra / City of Dis Intercom / Teacher / Ulysses' Usher (voice)|
|Drilbit Taylor||Attractive Blonde Woman|
|2010||Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega||Sylvia Fishtickle - Mom|
|2011||The Selling||Mary Best|
|Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer||Mrs. Kate Moody|
|2014||Present Tense||Cynthia||Short film|
|2015||Norm of the North||Janet (voice)|
|2016||Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse||Shana|
|2021||See You Next Christmas||Lenora|
|2021||Injustice||Wonder Woman (voice)|
|2004||Crossballs: The Debate Show||Additional Characters||Unknown episodes|
|2005||Back to Norm||Christine MacDonald||Television film|
|2006||Free Ride||Megan||Episode: "Up the Aunty"|
|Love, Inc.||Glenda||Episode: "Full House"|
|Happy Hour||Molly||Episode: "The Mix CD"|
|What About Brian||Carol||Episode: "What About First Steps"|
|2007||Home Purchasing Club||Debbie Driscoll||Unknown episodes|
|The Untitled Rob Roy Thomas Project||Ellie Tennant||Television film|
|Halfway Home||Kimberly Costas||Episodes: "Halfway Hot", "Halfway High School"|
|Die Hardly Working||Heroine||Television film|
|How I Met Your Mother||Stacey Gusar||Episode: "Little Boys"|
|The Weekend||Madelaine||Television film|
|2008||Chocolate News||Trina Johns||2 episodes|
|Man Stroke Woman||Various||Television film|
|2008, 2014||Psych||Mindy Howland / Connie Camp||Episodes: "Murder?... Anyone?... Anyone?... Bueller?", "Remake A.K.A. Cloudy... With a Chance of Improvement"|
|2008–09||Back on Topps||Bev Cleary||Series|
|Entourage||Amy Miller||3 episodes|
|2009||Memory Lanes||Tracy Morris||Television film|
|Bones||Maureen Perot||Episode: "The Bones That Foam"|
|Better Off Ted||Lawyer||Episode: "Trust and Consequence"|
|Married Not Dead||Susan||Television film|
|2011||Hot in Cleveland||Ellen||Episode: "Bad Bromance"|
|Best Player||Tracy Saunders||Television film|
|2012||The Game||Summer Grayson||2 episodes|
|Sullivan & Son||Kim Elliot||Episode: "The Bar Birthday"|
|Childrens Hospital||Stacy||Episode: "Ladies Night"|
|Neil's Puppet Dreams||Patron||3 episodes; Also co-creator, writer, and executive producer|
|2012–14||The Exes||Lorna||2 episodes|
|2012–13||Burning Love||Carly||Regular role (23 episodes)|
|2012–14||The Legend of Korra||Korra (voice)||Main role (52 episodes)|
|2013||MyMusic||Nancy Spackman||2 episodes|
|2013–14||Kroll Show||Wife / Mrs. Wilson / Jessica||Episodes: "Secret Room", "Sponsored by Stamps"|
|2014||Warehouse 13||Elise||Episode: "Secret Services"|
|2014–19||You're the Worst||Becca Barbara||Recurring role (28 episodes)|
|2014||Sanjay and Craig||Bernice / Yoga Instructor (voices)||Episode: "Ting/Farkwerk"|
|2015||Shameless||Park Mom||Episode: "Rite of Passage"|
|Other Space||Host||Episode: "Getting to Know You"|
|2016–18||Take My Wife||Melina Marquez||5 episodes|
|2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Movie Trailer Wife||Episode: "Kaley Cuoco Wears a Black Blazer and Slip on Sneakers"|
|2016–18||Stan Against Evil||Evie Barret||Main role: 18 episodes|
|2016||American Housewife||Jenn||Episode: "Power Couple"|
|2017||Adam Ruins Everything||Mandy||Episode: "Adam Ruins Weight Loss"|
|HarmonQuest||Sedona||Episode: "The Barely Cursed Bazaar of Commerce"|
|2018||Bravest Warriors||Ambulance Driver (voice)||Web series|
Episode: "I Just Can't Cope Without My Soap"
|2020||Dicktown||Tracey||Episode: "The Mystery of the Moaning Ghost"|
|The Loud House||Dr. Carol Linnaeus / Automated Voice (voice)||Episode: "Blinded by Science"|
|The George Lucas Talk Show||Self||2 episodes|
|2021||Country Comfort||Summer||8 episodes|
|Bless the Harts||(voice)||Episode: "Betty's Birthday"|
|2023||The Legend of Vox Machina||Vilya (voice)||Episode: "Pass Through Fire"|
|Harley Quinn||Mera (voice)||Episode: "A Very Problematic Valentine's Day Special"|
|2014||The Legend of Korra||Korra|
|2021||Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl||Voiceover added in the June 2022 update|
|2022||Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway|
Awards and nominations
|2016||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series||Everyone's Crazy But Us||Nominated|
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I've been woefully lax in celebrating Pride this month on social media! So I'm ending this month listing 10 movies that made me feel less weird about my feelings for ladies as a young person. #pride
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- ^ "DC's 'Injustice' Sets Cast for Animated Movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. July 21, 2021.
- Official Website
- Janet Varney at IMDb
- Dinner and a Movie website on tbs.com
- Rifftrax Presents website at Rifftrax.com
- Podcast Interview on The Gentlemen's Club with Caleb Bacon
- 1970s births
- Living people
- 21st-century American actresses
- 21st-century American comedians
- Actresses from Tucson, Arizona
- American agnostics
- American film actresses
- American former Christians
- American people of English descent
- American people of Scottish descent
- American podcasters
- American television actresses
- American television hosts
- American voice actresses
- American women comedians
- American women podcasters
- Bisexual actresses
- Former Latter Day Saints
- Bisexual comedians
- LGBT people from Arizona
- San Francisco State University alumni
- American women television presenters
- American bisexual actors
- American LGBT comedians