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June Diane Raphael

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June Diane Raphael
Born (1980-01-04) January 4, 1980 (age 44)
EducationNew York University (BFA)
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active2002–present
(m. 2009)

June Diane Raphael (/ˈrfl/ RAY-feel; born January 4, 1980)[1] is an American actress, comedian, and screenwriter. She has starred in TV comedy programs Burning Love, Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV::, and Grace and Frankie. Notable film work includes supporting roles in Year One and Unfinished Business, as well as her 2013 Sundance film Ass Backwards, which she co-wrote and starred in with her creative partner Casey Wilson. She currently co-hosts both How Did This Get Made? alongside Jason Mantzoukas and her husband Paul Scheer, and The Deep Dive with Jessica St. Clair.

Early life[edit]

Raphael was born and raised in Rockville Centre, New York, to Diane and John Raphael, where she graduated from South Side High School in 1998. She is of Irish descent, and was raised Catholic.[2] She has two older sisters, Lauren and Deanna.

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, studied 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.


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;[3] 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. 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, in which they also appeared in supporting roles.[4]

As a film and television actress, Raphael has made appearances on shows such as Party Down, Happy Endings, New Girl, and Lady Dynamite[5][6] and in films such as Long Shot and Blockers.[7] 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.[6]

Raphael (right) and Casey Wilson (left) with Ass Backwards director Chris Nelson at the 2013 Outfest film festival

Raphael has collaborated with writing partner Casey Wilson on scripts for film and television. 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.[8] The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2013. In 2013 it was reported that Raphael and Wilson were working on a second film to star in together, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's company Gary Sanchez Productions.[9]

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.[10] Raphael and Casey Wilson created the comedic stage show The Realest Real Housewives, which they starred 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.[11] Raphael also contributed short stories to the 2010 book Worst Laid Plans, based on the long-running stage show, in which she frequently performed.[12]

Raphael co-starred in the Adult Swim action-comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV::, which aired for three seasons from 2011 to 2013.[5] 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."[13]

In 2015, Raphael took on a leading role as Brianna Hanson in the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie.[6] Together with Kate Black, Raphael authored Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World, a step-by-step guide for women who are considering a political career.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Raphael is married to actor-comedian Paul Scheer. They met 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. They moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2005. In October 2009, they married at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.[15] They have two sons, born 2014[16] and 2016.[17]

Raphael and 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".[18]

Raphael is also co-founder of The Jane Club, a coworking space in Los Angeles for professional women.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Wedding Weekend Ted's Tammy
Caffeine: A Love Story June Short film
2007 Zodiac Mrs. Carol Toschi
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Ann at the Bar
2009 Bride Wars Amanda Also writer
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 Also writer and executive producer
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Chani's Boss
2015 Unfinished Business Susan Truckman
Bad Night Ms. Goldstein
2017 Girlfriend's Day Karen Lamb
The Disaster Artist Robyn Paris
2018 Blockers Brenda
2019 Long Shot Maggie Millikin
2020 The High Note Gail
2021 Yes Day Aurora Peterson Uncredited
8-Bit Christmas Kathy Doyle
2022 Cheaper by the Dozen Anne Vaughn
2023 Scrambled Monroe
2026 Weapons TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ed Student Episode: "Memory Lane"
2007 Derek and Simon: The Show June Episode: "I Love You"
Flight of the Conchords Felicia Episode: "Girlfriends"
The Very Funny Show Cast Member Series regular
2007–2008 Human Giant Various 4 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Liz Episode: "It Takes a Village Idiot"
2010 Party Down Danielle Lugozshe 2 episodes
Players Barb Tolan Series regular; 10 episodes
Big Lake Miss Hauser Episode: "Fad Diet"
2010–2011 Funny or Die Presents Various Characters 5 episodes
2011 Happy Endings Melinda Shershow Episode: "The Shershow Redemption"
Free Agents Julie Episode: "Sexin' the Raisin"
2011–2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Piper Ferguson Series regular; 35 episodes
2011–2023 American Dad! Suze, various voices 17 episodes
2012 Animal Practice Dr. Jill Leiter 3 episodes
Electric City Eva Jacobs 2 episodes
2012–2013 Burning Love Julie Gristlewhite Series regular; 34 episodes
Whitney Chloe 2 episodes
2012–2018 New Girl Sadie Seasons 1–3, 6, 7 (recurring; 8 episodes)
2013 Drunk History Isabella Stewart Gardner Episode: "Boston"
Kroll Show Dina Bludd Episode: "Soaked in Success"
Inside Amy Schumer Mandy Episode: "Bridal Shower"
Parks and Recreation Tynnyfer Episode: "Doppelgängers"
2014 The Greatest Event in Television History Emily Scott Episode: "Bosom Buddies"
The Mason Twins Pender Mason NBC sitcom pilot; also creator, executive producer
BoJack Horseman Various voices Episode: "Later"
The Birthday Boys Barbara O'Shaughnessy Episode: "Women Are Funny"
2014–2015 The League Pam 2 episodes
2015 Marry Me Molly Episode: "Surprise Me"
The Hotwives of Las Vegas Jandice Episode: "Old Friends, New Enemies"
2015–2022 Grace and Frankie Brianna Hanson Series regular; 83 episodes
2016 The Muppets Lucy Royce 2 episodes
Lady Dynamite Karen Grisham 3 episodes
Another Period Eleanor Roosevelt Episode: "Roosevelt"
The Amazing Gayl Pile Mindy Walker-Fantino Episode #3.1
2017 Veep Helen Wright Episode: "Library"
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Sabra Episode: "The Wheelbarrows"
Playing House Vanessa Episode: "None of Your Business"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Bebe Episode: "The Accidental Text On Purpose"
2017–present Big Mouth Devin LeSeven (voice) 28 episodes
2018 Little Big Awesome Sheena (voice) Episode: "No Throwing Disc Left Behind/Happy Birthday, Here's a Goat!"
2019 Fresh Off the Boat Guru Sheela Episode: "Just The Two Of Us"
Splitting Up Together Tamryn Thomas Vandeloo Episode: "Baby's First Job Interview"
I'm Sorry Jill Episode: "Little Louse on the Prairie"
2020–2021 Black Monday Corky Harris 8 episodes
2021 The Goldbergs Pamela Episode: "Cocoon"
Nine Perfect Strangers Erin (voice) Episode: "Random Acts of Mayhem"; uncredited
Star Trek: Lower Decks Queen Paolana (voice) Episode: "Where Pleasant Fountains Lie"
2022 Home Economics Lauren 2 episodes
Everything's Trash Jax 3 episodes
Little Demon Amanda (voice) Episode: "Night of the Leeches"
2023 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Marcy Muzzler (voice) Episode: "Like Mother, Like Moon Girl"
Based on a True Story Lipinski Sister #1 4 episodes
The Morning Show Eagle News Anchor 2 episodes
The Loud House Bella "Big" Bucks (voice) Episode: "Can't Lynn Em All"
Frasier June Patrick Episode: "Blind Date"
2023–2024 Abbott Elementary Elizabeth Washington 2 episodes


  1. ^ "June Diane Raphael Biography, Celebrity Facts and Awards". TV Guide. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. ^ "You Made It Weird #181: June Diane Raphael". Nerdist.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  3. ^ Raphael, June Diane; Wilson, Casey (2013-11-08). "The Worst Road Trip Ever". Esquire. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  4. ^ "The oral history of Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway's 'Bride Wars'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  5. ^ a b Peele, Anna (2012-12-06). "Q&A: June Diane Raphael, The Funniest Woman on Adult Swim". Esquire. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  6. ^ a b c "Role Recall: June Diane Raphael Revisits the Shows That Led to 'Grace and Frankie'". Yahoo. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  7. ^ "'Long Shot's funniest star explains why the rom-com is cathartic". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  8. ^ "Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael Talk 'Ass Backwards,' Road Trip Goggles, And The Challenges of Indie Filmmaking". theplaylist.net. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  9. ^ Yamato, Jen (2013-11-18). "Gary Sanchez Springs For June Diane Raphael & Casey Wilson Feature Pitch". Deadline. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  10. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (2009-12-10). "New Cast Members Announced as 'Love, Loss and What I Wore' Recoups". ArtsBeat. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  11. ^ Trachta, Ali (2011-01-28). "The Realest Real Housewives at UCB: A Celebration of the Best Show Ever + Paul Scheer!". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  12. ^ ""Worst Laid Plans" at UCB review". www.jesterjournal.com. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  13. ^ Lindsey, Craig D. "Interview: Paul Scheer of "How Did This Get Made?" | Interviews | Roger Ebert". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  14. ^ Raphael, June Diane; Black, Kate (2019-09-03). Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World. Workman Publishing Company.
  15. ^ Westhoff, Ben (2013-02-06). "Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael: Comedians Who Bond Over Terrible Hollywood Movies". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  16. ^ Webber, Stephanie (2014-05-14). "June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer Welcome First Child, Baby Boy". US Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  17. ^ "June Diane Raphael on Dressing Her Baby Bump for Grace and Frankie Season 3, Mastering Motherhood". Etonline.com. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  18. ^ "The UCB Community Cares". Ucbcorps.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  19. ^ "The Jane Club - Team". The Jane Club. Retrieved 2020-12-14.

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