Janet Varney is a multifaceted comedian, actor, writer, and producer. In the animation world, she starred as the award-winning voice of Korra on Nickelodeon’s critically-acclaimed standout hit The Legend of Korra, a follow-up to the immensely popular series Avatar: The Last Airbender. She can currently be seen as Becca on FXX’s You’re the Worst, Denie in Christy Stratton Mann’s Everyone’s Crazy But Us and recurring as her semi-snarky self on @midnight With Chris Hardwick. She also stars opposite John C. McGinley in IFC’s horror-comedy series, Stan Against Evil, which returns for a second season this year.
Janet is a regular performer on Paul F. Tompkins’ podcast Spontaneanation in addition to hosting her own podcast, Nerdist Network’s popular The JV Club with Janet Varney. Onstage, Janet performs with Rachel Dratch, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Oscar Nunez, and others in their improv supergroup “Theme Park,” and was a WorkJuice Player for the beloved Thrilling Adventure Hour production. Additionally, she is a writer and performer for RiffTrax along with Mystery Science Theatre 3000’s Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy. She hosted and produced the Geek & Sundry show Escape!, which features celebrity guests solving puzzles in escape rooms. For seven years, Janet hosted TBS’s Dinner and a Movie and was a series regular on the beloved E! and Yahoo series Burning Love. She recurred on HBO’s Entourage and has appeared on hit shows including How I Met Your Mother, Maron, Shameless, Key and Peele, Kroll Show, Psych, Childrens Hospital, Bones, and Chelsea Lately. She has appeared in films such as Still Waiting, Drillbit Taylor, and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.
On the development and production side, Janet co-created, co-wrote, and co-produced Neil’s Puppet Dreams, a series featuring Neil Patrick Harris for The Nerdist Channel. She co-programs comedy for Outside Lands music festival and is co-founder/creative director/producer of one of the largest and most acclaimed comedy festivals in North America, SF Sketchfest: the San Francisco Comedy Festival, which recently completed its 16th year.