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Garofalo Joins 'West Wing' Campaign

(Posted August 17, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Janeane Garofalo, who's not shy about airing her real-life political views, will enter the fictional political world of "The West Wing" this fall.

The "Reality Bites" star will appear in three episodes of the NBC drama this season, playing a media strategist hired by Democratic presidential hopeful Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). Her advice to move away from political gamesmanship and start speaking directly to voters ruffles feathers within the Santos campaign, including those of Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford).

Her first episode is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2 ("The West Wing" is moving away from its long-time Wednesday home this season to 8 p.m. ET Sundays).


Garofalo, who first gained notice as part of "The Ben Stiller Show," earned two Emmy nominations for her role as Paula on "The Larry Sanders Show" and also did a short stint on "Saturday Night Live" in the mid-1990s. This spring, she starred in an NBC comedy pilot called "All In," which wasn't picked up.

In addition to "Reality Bites," her movie credits include "Cop Land," "The Truth about Cats & Dogs," "The Matchmaker" and "Wonderland." She also co-hosts a show on the liberal Air America radio network.



Source: Zap2it
 


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