LARAINE NEWMAN (Actor—Rabbis Near-Retirement) is a native of Los Angeles and began her career at the age of 15 as part of an improv group hired to perform in the parks of South Central LA. She went on to study mime with Marcel Marceau in Paris and, at the age of 19, appeared in the New Theatre For Now at the Mark Taper. Laraine and her sister, Tracy, were among the founding members of The Groundlings. In 1973 she appeared in a Lily Tomlin special produced by Lorne Michaels, who later hired her to be in the first cast of Saturday Night Live. Laraine has worked for directors ranging from Woody Allan to Rob Zombie. Her more notable movie roles have been Problem Child 2, Stardust Memories, American Hot Wax and Perfect. Laraine’s most recent Television appearances include: Entourage, Brothers and Sisters, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Friends, According to Jim, and 7th Heaven. Laraine has enjoyed a thriving animation career and can be heard in such current series as: Metalocalypse, Fairly Odd Parents, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Batman and Superman. Her animated features include: Toy Story 3, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Up, Wall-E, Cars, Monsters Inc. and Horton Hears A Who. She has written for the LA Times Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Believer, McSweeney’s, Esquire and is a contributing editor for Oneforthetable; an online food magazine. Laraine lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 21 years and her two teenage daughters.