Janet Varney

Janet Varney is pretty and great (not “pretty great” because she’s SUPER great). If you were just a normal person you would probably know her from Dinner and a Movie or Entourage. But since you’re probably a cool comedy nerd, you know her from co-founding SF Sketchfest or from Back on Topps or her improv or her work with Hard ‘n Phirm.

Guest Appearances

Season 2, Ep 37 - Crone (w/ Janet Varney)

We’re joined by a withered old crone that makes delicious baked goods and steals water. Credits: Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Crone Bakeress: Janet Varney Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Craig: Ryan DiGiorgi Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Evan Jacover, Ryan DiGiorgi Editor: Chris Rathjen Theme Music: Andy Poland Magic Tavern Logo: Allard…

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Family Owned Bike Shop

Paul F. Tompkins uses the sound of his voice to welcome listeners back to Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special return guest is Matt Besser of improv4humans! Matt chats about what his favorite ancient civilization is and why, the thrill of looking…

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Catwoman with Janet Varney

I Was There Too #71September 27, 2017

Actress and improviser Janet Varney joins Matt to discuss her role as Party Girl in the 2004 superhero film Catwoman. Janet tells us whether shooting party scenes are as bad as being at a party with people you don’t know, crying on…

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Tommy Bahama Store

Paul F. Tompkins slowly eases listeners into this week’s Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special guest is Arden Myrin of MADtv, Shameless, and Will You Accept This Rose! They chat about the last time Arden pretended to know something, just starting to…

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A Bank Heist

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes ladies and gentleman back to Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special guest is Clea DuVall of HBO’s Veep! They chat about how Clea feels about her eye color, the worst haircut she had that she loved at the…

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Janet Varney

Never Not Funny #2105September 7, 2017

Signing in with Janet Varney. This episode is brought to you by Bombfell (www.bombfell.com/PARDO), Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/NEVER), and Harry’s (www.harrys.com/PARDO).

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Season 2, Ep 25 - Sit in a Circle (w/ Todd Barry, Janet Varney, Cole Stratton, Matt Besser & Danielle Schneider live from Outside Lands Fest)

An especially lively night in the tavern with visits from a raven, a warrior elf, an ill child, a giant dwarf and a fairy decorator. Credits: Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Kermit the Raven: Todd Barry Braidwynn: Janet Varney Timbo: Cole Stratton Matt Dabbin’: Matt…

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Jury Deliberations

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone who can hear his voice on this week’s Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special guest is This American Life host and producer Ira Glass! They chat about what memory from Ira’s childhood he wishes he could change,…

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Labyrinth

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone to the beginning of a new episode of Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special return guest is Kristian Bruun of Orphan Black! They chat about what Kristian's worst encounter with a stranger was, what clever nicknames the kids at…

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Burmese Therapist Office: Live from SF SketchFest

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes ladies and gentlemen of San Francisco and the world to a LIVE episode of Spontaneanation, recorded at San Francisco SketchFest 2017! This week, Paul’s special return and first 3-time guest is Busy Philipps of HBO’s Vice Principals! They chat…

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A Shoe Store: Live from Largo

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes the audience for the 100th episode of Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a LIVE audience at the world-famous Largo at The Coronet! This week, Paul’s special guest is actress Constance Wu of Fresh Off the Boat! They chat…

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Janet Varney

Join Kevin as he sits down with actor and producer Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra, Stan Against Evil). Janet chats about being raised on sketch comedy, acting opposite monsters, and constantly wowing her 13-year-old self. This episode is brought to you…

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Under A Big Rain Storm

Paul F. Tompkins does NOT exclude entrance to anyone in the world to this week’s episode of Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guests AND improvisers are SPONT regulars Little Janet Varney & Jean Villepique, aka The Jayvees! They chat about what fulfills them,…

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Madrid: Live from Outside Lands 2016

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all back to Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a LIVE audience at Outside Lands in San Francisco! This week, Paul’s special guest is Fred Armisen of Portlandia and Saturday Night Live! They chat about whether a cheeseburger is…

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Minnesota State Fair

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all with his impressive vocal range to this week’s episode of Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guest is Cedric Yarbrough of Reno 911! and HBO's Ballers! They chat about how Cedric pronounces "data," getting into a fist fight as…

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IKEA in Narnia: Live from The Atlantic Ocean

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all of ye-- seekers, suckers, and more-- to a LIVE episode of Spontaneanation, recorded in front of a live audience on board JoCo Cruise 2016! This week, Paul’s special guest is rapper/actress/writer Jean Grae! They chat about the…

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Storm Drain/Live from San Francisco Sketchfest

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes ladies or gentlemen to a LIVE episode of Spontaneanation, recorded at San Francisco SketchFest 2016! This week, Paul’s special guest Jon Hamm of Mad Men! They chat about what book inspired Jon as a child, questionable babysitting tactics, and being…

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Call Center Christmas Party: Live from Largo

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes you all, whether puny, shy or high, to a LIVE episode of Spontaneanation, recorded at the world-famous Largo at The Coronet! This week, Paul’s special guest is comedian Ron Funches of Undateable Live on NBC! They chat about whether it's possible to…

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The Line For The Circular Saw In The Lumber Department at Home Depot

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all-- including the bros-- back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is singer-songwriter and composer Michael Penn! They chat about public restroom precautions, glamping in a tiny house, and Michael's collection of unusual musical instruments. Paul is then joined…

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Pediatrician's Office

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone who took the time to stream, download, or overhear SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Midroll CEO and The Wolf Den host Adam Sachs! They chat about baseball, how much brain space is needed to know three languages, and "the rules…

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Freeport, Illinois

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone to unwrap the Christmas gift of a new SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul's special guest is Ravi Patel of Grandfathered and Meet the Patels! They chat about Ravi's secret girlfriend, what's going on with Mario Lopez, and the difficulty of taking…

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Saltwater Tuffy Shoppe: Live from LA Podfest

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes the beautiful people of Beverly Hills AND the internet to a LIVE episode of Spontaneanation recorded at the 2015 LA Podfest! This week, Paul’s special guest is Andy Daly of Comedy Central's Review! They chat about Andy's on-camera experience with lizards,…

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Wine Tasting

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes longtime listeners, first time listeners, and Halloweeners back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall! They chat about the history of Tuesday, Bruce's complicated birth & extensive pajama collection, and which color would be assigned…

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Garden of Eden

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone around the world back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Tymberlee Hill from The Hotwives of Las Vegas! They chat about talking to cat therapists, being afraid of sex, and Tymberlee’s friend, the (perhaps) psychic. Paul is…

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A Top Chef Finale Afterparty

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes fans of repeating words to this thing called SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton! They chat about phone etiquette,  thank-you notes, and what Jonathan's grandparent nickname would be. Paul is then joined by Janet Varney,…

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A Dental Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona: Live from Largo

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes Los Angeles AND the internet to the first LIVE episode of Spontaneanation recorded at the world-famous Largo at The Coronet! This time Paul’s special guest is actor Colin Hanks of Orange County & Fargo! They chat about why Colin chose to wear the outfit he had on that…

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The Waiting Room at An Oil Change Place

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all his brothers he hasn’t met yet, including women, back to Spontaneanation! This week Paul’s special guest is hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle! They chat about social anxiety, merch booths guidelines, and pizza day in high school. Paul is…

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Janet Varney

Never Not Funny #1614May 14, 2015

Freezing the frame with Janet Varney.

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Savannah, Georgia

Paul F. Tompkins invites all you wondrous humans to Spontaneanation, and this week he is joined by special guest Melanie Lynskey of HBO's Togetherness! They chat about dropping out of college, what New Zealand looks like from space, and being humiliated in…

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A Denny's Parking Lot

Welcome all in podcasting land to Spontaneanation with Paul F. Tompkins! Paul chats with his special guest Busy Philipps (Cougar Town, Thrilling Adventure Hour) about her favorite snack as a latchkey kid in Arizona. Then, special guests Craig Cackowski, Matt Gourley and…

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Barney's Shopping Spree!

Totally Laime #231July 4, 2014

Elizabeth's friend, actress and host of The JV Club, the fantastic JANET VARNEY is back after way too long to discuss stolen identities, finding a gun while hiking, the hope that people are inherently good, and oh yeah - is she a…

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Viking Tennis

Ronna & Beverly #78April 25, 2014

Fabulous actress/comedian/podcaster Janet Varney joins Ronna & Beverly inside the Earwolf studios to chat about starting the SF Sketchfest Festival with her comedy sketch group, her podcast The JV Club that exclusively features only female guests, being recently cast in a tennis…

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Animal IQ

Professor Blastoff #131November 19, 2013

You'll be having fun once you hear Tig debut her new hit song (we'll know because you'll be smiling)! After catching up with Tig's double dizzy antics, actress Janet Varney joins the Blastronauts to discuss the intelligent levels of animals. They'll talk…

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Monkey Trumpet

Sklarbro Country #103July 13, 2012

Konichiwa! Between the bath salts diet and strip club lap sores, we're keeping it health concious on the calming shores. Janet Varney joins us to discuss online gambling, cherry spitting, and topless TV scenes. Plus, a Sklarbro Country first! We have Steven…

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Burning Love

Comedy Bang Bang #163June 18, 2012

Today's audio sound recording of Comedy Bang Bang is the perfect companion to everyone's favorite reality show, Burning Love! Mark Orlando and two of his lovely lady suitors, Carly and Tamara G, are joining Scott to answer the tough questions: Can a…

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Summah Preview 2012

Who Charted? #76May 16, 2012

If you listen to this episode in anything other than swim trunks and sunglasses, you're doing it wrong! We've got a not-bummah guest with Janet Varney who is helping Wie and Ku with a summah appetizer platter of the Top Summah Team-Up…

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Pottery Barn Prodigy!

Totally Laime #78July 31, 2011

Not only is she gorgeous and funny and, oh... just the co-creator of San Francisco Sketchfest (!), but she was also the manager of Pottery Barn at the tender age of 19! JANET VARNEY's talent is no joke - and we seriously…

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