Janet Varney was born and raised in Arizona. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at San Francisco State University, where she first became acquainted with David Owen and Cole Stratton, with whom she formed a sketch comedy troupe.
In 2001, Janet Varney, along with David Owen and Cole Stratton, founded San Francisco Sketchfest in an effort to showcase the best sketch comedy groups in Northern California. The festival was an instant success, attracting talent from around the nation and bringing a sorely needed focus on sketch comedy as entertainment and art form. The 8th annual San Francisco Sketchfest will take place in January and February in 2009.
In 2004, Janet Varney relocated to Los Angeles and quickly landed work on Comedy Central, including a position as the cohost of The Hollywood Show with Brian Unger and the Norm MacDonald sketch series Back to Norm. She also landed guest spots on hit TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Psych and Entourage.
Janet Varney’s film credits include Drillbit Taylor, starring Owen Wilson, Catwoman with Halle Berry and Still Waiting with Justin Long, John Michael Higgins and Luiz Guzman.
In 2005, Janet Varney landed a spot cohosting Dinner & a Movie with Paul Gilmartin and celebrity chef Claud Mann. The popular, long-running TBS series runs big movies while threading in the cooking up of a companion recipe. Janet Varney is also one of the show’s writers.
On the October 12, 2008 episode of Entourage entitled ”ReDOMption,” Janet Varney played studio executive Amy Miller, who is clearly transfixed and infatuated with Vince — so much so that she buys the script being shopped by Charlie (Bow Wow), but with a provision — Vince has to appear in the pilot. Fans would be kidding themselves if they didn’t stop to think that Miller’s coercion won’t come back to haunt Vince and the boys later.
In fact, this episode is not the last in which Entourage fans will see Janet Varney, as she is set to return for another episode this season.
Janet Varney will be costarring in a TV sketch comedy show called Man Stroke Woman, produced by Sean Hayes of Will & Grace fame and based on a British series of the same name. She will also costar in the upcoming family feature comedy Nic & Tristan, starring 10-year-old skateboarding phenoms Tristan and Nic Puehse.