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

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


Janet Varney

Never Not Funny #1614May 14, 2015

Freezing the frame with Janet Varney.


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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