Jeff Garlin, though more of a stand-up comedian than many of the Second City alum, still got his start at our Training Center. Garlin has had a long-lived career in both film and television, with credits dating back to 1989. Additionally, he continues to perform stand-up across the country, regularly participates in podcasts, produces specials for fellow comedians, directs, and more.
Starting his career in 1984, Garlin began pursuing a stand-up career in Chicago. He worked at The Second City alongside Stephen Colbert, and took classes, later performing with the troupe. He had a one-man show at The Second City, which he later used in creating the film I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. This film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and co-stars Sarah Silverman and fellow Second City alum Amy Sedaris, Bonnie Hunt, Tim Kazurinsky, and more, and was co-produced by Harold Ramis.
Along with I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Garlin has had roles in a multitude of films, including Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Daddy Day Care, After the Sunset, WALL-E, Toy Story 3, Safety Not Guaranteed, and many more. Though he had appearances in television shows Roseanne, Baywatch, Mad About You, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Arrested Development, he is likely best known for his role as Jeff Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
As one of the most irreverent comedies created, Garlin served as executive producer and co-star on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was nominated for seven Emmys in the course of the shows run, and won two Producer’s Guild Awards. He has made appearances as himself in Community and Repeat After Me, and stars in The Goldbergs. Additionally, he hosts a podcast “By The Way: in conversation with Jeff Garlin”. Past guests include Lena Dunham, Will Ferrell, Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, Amy Poehler, Bob Odenkirk, Maya Rudolph, Jenji Kohan, Stephen Merchant, and more. Garlin continues to direct, produce, perform stand-up, and act in a variety of projects.