What Happened to Me

Comedian Janeane Garofalo on speaking out, censorship, and being a fat kid

| September / October 2003

Looking through the café, I didn't recognize her at first. I didn't expect the tattoos on her forearms and the Joan Jett haircut, or the well-worn T-shirt and jeans. She looked like a student-nose in a book, wielding a highlighter to mark important passages.

Most people are familiar with actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo from The Truth about Cats and Dogs (1996), in which she plays a radio talk-show host who falls in love with a guy who, because they haven't met face-to-face, comes to believe she looks like Uma Thurman. Garofalo is also known for her self-deprecating stand-up comedy shows.