Jeff Garlin

Garlin has a style of comedy that has much in common with the comedians of the 60's and early 70's (among them, Woody Allen, Shelley Berman, Richard Pryor, and Mort Sahl). Garlin's comedic style is that of story-telling that explores his personal foibles and exposing his intermost secrets for all to hear.


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Actor, Comedian


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Garlin was born and raised in Chicago and then South Florida. He graduated from Nova High School in Davie, Florida in 1980. He then studied filmmaking, and began performing stand-up comedy as a student at the University of Miami in the 1980s. He left the university without completing a degree in order to pursue his comedy career.

Garlin has toured the country as a stand-up, is an alumnus of Chicago's Second City Theatre, and has written and starred in three critically-acclaimed solo shows, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Uncomplicated, and Concentrated.

Garlin's comic style has much in common with the stand-ups of the '60s and early '70s (among them, Woody Allen, Shelley Berman, Richard Pryor, and Mort Sahl). His style takes a story-telling approach, exploring his personal foibles and exposing his innermost secrets for all to hear.

On television, Garlin co-stars and executive produces the critically acclaimed HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show stars Larry David, the co-creator of Seinfeld.

Garlin spent three seasons on NBC's Mad About You in the role of Marvin. In addition to his acting career, Garlin has also directed both Jon Stewart (Unleavened) and Denis Leary (Lock-n-Load) in their respective HBO specials, as well as several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Garlin has also had his own HBO half-hour comedy special.

Garlin has a variety of television and film appearances to his credit, as an actor and a stand-up, including Dr. Katz, Arrested Development, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Show with David Letterman, Tom Goes to the Mayor, The Daily Show, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Garlin appeared with Eddie Murphy in the box office hit Daddy Day Care and appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal, starring Julia Roberts and David Duchovny.

His feature directorial debut, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (which he also wrote), premiered to favorable reviews at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. It opened in September, 2007. The film co-stars Sarah Silverman and Bonnie Hunt, with many memorable supporting turns, including appearances by Paul Mazursky, Dan Castellaneta, and Amy Sedaris.

In 2006, Garlin also directed This Filthy World, a one-man show performed by director John Waters. Garlin also appeared in WALL-E, an animated film by Pixar that was released June 27, 2008, as Captain B. McCrea of the Axiom spaceship.

He recently appeared in an episode of the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place.

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