The Buggies. Yep, I'll host anything.
—Jane Lynch

Jane Marie Lynch (born July 14, 1960) is a 56-year-old American writer, actress, comedian, and singer. She has been starring on Glee as Sue Sylvester since 2009 and made a Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie in 2013.[1] Her performance as Sue is highly praised, a role for which she won a Golden Globe in 2011.

Lynch portrays herself as the host of the 67th Annual Buggie Awards ceremony in the Girl Meets World episode "Girl Meets Farkle's Choice."


Girl Meets Farkle's Choice

Stepping On Stage

Host Jane Lynch

From the Chanticleer Hotel in Weehawken, New Jersey, famed entertainer, Jane Lynch (the only person in attendance not wearing a jiggling set of golden buggie antennae atop their head) once again hosts the live telecast of the National Junior Entomology Society's (67th) Annual Buggie Awards. She opens by joking about the conspicuous lack of genuine celebrities present, but does take the time to recognize familiar faces among the crowd such as Milton, Isadora Smackle, and perennial hopeful, Farkle Minkus, (whom she voices supports for) who playfully addresses Ms. Lynch as "Giant Lady." The host then begins awarding the Buggies. Five hours
In Memoriam

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"

later, Lynch sings a touching rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" to an accompanying video montage of the unfortunate creatures comprising the list of scientific specimens which did not survive into the next year. After a final commercial break, Lynch is ready to present the final award of the night, the Golden Buggie for Highest Achievement in Research, being contested yet again by Smackle and Farkle. However, before she
Opening The Envelope

Smackle Wins

does, the host asks if Smackle's guest is her father, but the girl reveals that he is actually her uncle, as her father declined to attend. Meanwhile, as Farkle sadly opines that he really is alone, two elegantly dressed, yet unfamiliar girls enter the ballroom and definitively declare that he is not. The host is impressed that Farkle now has two dates, and acknowledges him as a "Playah." Lynch opens the envelope, announcing the winner is Smackle. As the excited girl genius ascends the stage to claim her latest Buggie, a disappointed Farkle turns away to depart in the comforting company of his two companions.
Dumping Smackle

Unceremoniously Dumping Smackle

Accepting her trophy, the shorter Smackle must be lifted to the microphone by the host. She proclaims that the abrupt intrusion of the "two girls of middling intellect," in crashing the ceremony has completely spoiled what should have been the
Throwing A Kiss

Kiss Goodbye

greatest moment in Smackle's life. The subjects of her ire turn around and identify themselves as Farkle's "Canada," his greatest allies who will always be there for him. To underscore that statement, they sing the final lyric of the Canadian National Anthem. This inspires the host to unceremoniously dump Smackle and start singing herself. After Host Jane Lynch wishes everyone good night, she throws a final kiss to the audience.


Lynch was born in and raised in Dolton, Illinois to Eileen Carney and Frank Lynch.[2][3] She was raised in a Catholic family and attended Thornridge High School.[4] She has two brothers, Bob and John, and a sister, Julie.[5] Her niece, Meg Doyle, is a production assistent on Glee.

Lynch had been married to Dr. Lara Embry for three years before announcing that they would be getting a divorce in 2013.[6] Embry is seeking more than $1.1 Milion per year in spousal support from Lynch, according to court documents.[7]

Lynch will be honored with the Trevor Hero Award for her unwavering support of equality for LGBTQ people on December 8, 2013.[8][9]

Lynch has played roles in comedy films such as Best in Show, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Role Models, and is also known for her recurring roles on television as lawyer Joyce Wischina on The L Word, Dr. Linda Freeman, Charlie's sarcastic therapist on Two and a Half Men and as Spencer Reid's mother Diana Reid on Criminal Minds. She has appeared on iCarly as Sam's mom, Pam Puckett. She was also a regular on the comedy-drama series Party Down as Constance Carmell; the role garnered her positive critical response.

Lynch received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2013 for her work as an actress.[10]

Lynch's voiced a character in the upcoming FOX series, Murder Police, which was picked up for thirteen episodes. The series was canceled by FOX on October 8, 2013.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Vice Versa Ms. Lindstrom
Taxi Killer
1992 Straight Talk Gladys
In the Best Interest of the Children Gwen Hatcher TV movie and as Jany Lynch
1993 Empty Nest Tammy ("The Girl Who Cried Baby")
Bakersfield P.D. Michelle Hathaway ("Bakersfield Madam")
Fatal Instinct Prison Reporter
The Fugitive Doctor Kathy Wahlund
1994 The John Larroquette Show Evaluator ("The Tutor")
Party of Five Dr. Pennant ("Much Ado")
Married with Children Greta ("Valentine's Day Massacre")
1995 NewsRadio Carol ("The Cane")
In the House Ruth ("Female Trouble")
1996 Frasier Cynthia ("A Lilith Thanksgiving")
3rd Rock from the Sun Mrs. Koppel ("Dick, Smoker")
Cybill Mrs. Sweeney ("Educating Zoey")
1997 Touch Me Counselor
1998 Caroline in the City Hostess ("Caroline and the First Date")
1999 Dharma & Greg Sheryl ("Play Lady Play")
Judging Amy ASA Perkins 1999 - 2000 ("Pilot," "Drawing the Line," "Waterworld")
2000 Gilmore Girls Nurse ("Forgiveness and Stuff")
Best in Show Christy Cummings
Color Me Gay Executive short
JAG Sandy's Friend ("The Witches of Gulfport")
Red Lipstick Final TV Newscaster
What Planet Are You From? Doreen
The West Wing Reporter / Reporter in Briefing Room 2000 - 2001 ("In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I," "Two Cathedrals")
2001 The King of Queens Dr. Foreman ("Ovary Action")
The X-Files Mrs. Anne T. Lokensgard ("Lord of the Flies")
Family Law Cheryl Bowman ("No Options")
Boston Public Jane Morrell ("Chapter Twenty-Four")
Arli$$ ("Giving Something Back")
The Division ("The First Hit's Free, Baby")
Martini Dr. Jane short
Nice Guys Finish Last Mom shory
Popular Suzi Klein ("I Know What You Did Last Spring Break")
The Weber Show Carla ("And Then Jack Had Two Dates")
Dawson's Creek Mrs. Witter ("The Te of Pacey")
Family Guy Dotty Campbell / French Teacher 2001 - 2002 (4 episodes)
7th Heaven Nurse 2001 - 2002 (4 episodes)
2002 MDs Aileen Poole, RN, Ph.D (10 episodes)
The Big Time Miss Rush TV movie
Felicity Professor Carnes ("The Paper Chase," Ben Don't Leave")
Collateral Damage Agent Russo
Titus Prosecutor ("The Trial")
Hiding in Walls Diane Moffet video short
2003 According to Jim Janice ("The Lemonade Stand")
Exposed Julie Gross
Spider-Man Oscorp Executive ("Heroes and Villains" and voice)
Stephen King's Dead Zone Flo McMurtry ("The Storm")
Watching Ellie Roman ("TV")
A Mighty Wind Laurie Bohner
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Realtor uncredited
Veronica Mars Mrs. Donaldson ("Return of the Kane")
Memoirs of an Evil Stepmother Blanche Monroe short
How to Be a Hollywood Player in Less Than Ten Minutes Hollywood Mogul short
Sleepover Gabby
Friends Ellen ("The One Where Estelle Dies")
Surviving Eden Maude Silver
Arrested Development Cindi Lightballoon ("Shock and Aww," "Altar Egos")
Las Vegas Helen Putasca ("You Can't Take It with You")
Monk Dr. Julie Waterford ("Mr. Monk Gets Married")
NYPD Blue Susanna Howe ("You Da Bomb")
Little Black Boot Grace short
Father of the Pride Gift Store Clerk/Lily 2004 - 2005 ("Possession," "The Siegfried and Roy Fantasy Experience Movie" and voice)
Two and a Half Men Dr. Linda Freeman 2004 - 2011 (13 episodes)
2005 The L Word Joyce Wischnia 2005 - 2009 (15 episodes)
The Californians Sybill Platt
Bam Bam and Celeste Darlene
Illeanarama Ann
Weeds The Candyman ("Fashion of the Christ")
The 40 Year Old Virgin Paula
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Madame Rothchild ("Magic Takes a Holiday" and voice)
Rodney Amy O'Brien ("Rodney Moonlights," "Rodney's Big Shot")
Blind Justice Dr. Taylor ("Four Feet Under," "Rub a Tub Tub")
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ranger ("Unbearable")
Unscripted Jane ("Episode #1.6," "Episode #1.7")
Promtroversy Mimi Nimby (Concerned Parent) short
2006 Eye of the Dolphin Glinton
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes Joan Hobbie/Minnie video short and voice
The Frank Anderson Dr. Emily Brice short
Lovespring International Victoria Ratchford (13 episodes)
For Your Consideration Cindy
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Lucy Bobby
Fifty Pills Doreen
Night Stalker Scientist ("Into Night" and uncredited)
Desperate Housewives Maxine Bennett ("Silly People")
Separated at Worth Jennifer
Help Me Help You Raquel Janes 2006 - 2007 (6 episodes)
Boston Legal Joanna Monroe 2006 - 2008 (4 episodes)
Criminal Minds Diana Reid 2006 - 2008 (5 episodes)
Handy Manny Jackie / Jackie Greenway 2006 - 2012 (4 episodes)
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Gail the Television Reporter
American Dad! Al/Doctor/Timmy's mom (4 episodes)
Alvin and the Chipmunks Gail
Holly Hobbie and Friends: Best Friends Forever Joan Hobbie/Minnie video and voice
Love Is Love Reverend Greeley short
The List Dr. Davina short
The New Adventures of Old Christine Ms. Hammond ("The Real Thing," "Friends")
The Hammer Woman Who Argues With Jerry uncredited
Suffering Man's Charity Ingrid Sorensen
Smiley Face Casting Director
Campus Ladies Professor ("Psych 101")
Area 57 Irene Maloof TV movie
I Do & I Don't Nora Stelmack
Untitled Christine Taylor Project Janet TV movie
2008 Easy to Assemble Manager Swenka / Manager Gjorna (15 episodes)
Role Models Sweeny
Alex's Halloween Mother short
Web Therapy Claire Dudek ("Psycho Analysis: Part 1," "Psycho Analysis: Part 2," "Psycho Analysis: Part 3")
Another Cinderella Story Dominique video
Psych Commander Barbara Dunlap ("There Might Be Blood")
Space Chimps Dr. Poole voice
The Rocker Lisa
Man Maid Sabena
My Name Is Earl Sissy ("I Won't Die with a Little Help from My Friends: Part 1")
The Toe Tactic Honey Strumpet
Tru Loved Ms. Maple
Adventures of Power Joni
The Adventures of Captain Cross Dresser TV movie and voice
Never Better Linda TV movie
2009 Post Grad Carmella Malby
Julie & Julia Dorothy McWilliams
Reno 911! Therapist ("Wiegel's Couple's Therapy")
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Diatryma Mom voice
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust Denise Lemon voice and video game
Mr. Troop Mom Miss Hulka TV movie
The Spectacular Spider-Man Joan Jameson ("Gangland" and voice)
Weather Girl J.D.
Spring Breakdown Senator 'Kay Bee' Hartmann
Big Breaks M.J. short
Party Down Constance Carmell 2009 - 2010 (9 episodes)
Glee Sue Sylvester 2009–present
2010 The Cleveland Show Ms. Eck/Sue Sylvester 2010/2011 ("Love Rollercoaster," "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?")
Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet Nebula voice and video game
iCarly Pam Puckett ("iSam's Mom")
Neighbors from Hell Alex ("Country Club Hell," "Screw the EPA," "Fantastic 15" and voice)
The Super Hero Squad Show Nebula 2010 - 2011 ("Double Negation at the World's End!," "When Strikes the Surfer!")
2011 Small Fry Queen Neptuna voice
The Simpsons Roz ("Replaceable You" and voice)
Web Therapy Claire Dudek ("Public Relations")
The Lady with 700 Cats Narrator TV movie
Phineas and Ferb Mrs. Johnson 2011 - 2013 (4 episodes)
2012 Dino Time Sue
Wreck-It Ralph Calhoun voice
Delhi Safari Female Flamingo voice: English version
The Three Stooges Mother Superior
8 Maggie Gallagher video
WordGirl ("The Rise of Miss Power, Part 1/The Rise of Miss Power, Part 2")
Abominable Christmas Margaret Knowhow voice and TV movie
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Cobb/Jane the Peanut ("Pop Star," "An Orange Carol" and voice)
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Io voice
A.C.O.D. Dr. Judith
Afternoon Delight Lenore
2014 Girl Meets World Awards ceremony host Episode: "Girl Meets Farkle's Choice"


  • She is the second person to play themselves on GMW, after Herbie Hancock.
  • She has hosted the Buggies before.
  • She is fond of Farkle and Smackle.
  • She sings the spiritual, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
  • She shares her life with two dogs and two cats. She has a Lhasa Apso named Oliva, a Wheaten Terrier named Georgie, a Gray Tabby named Geta and a Red Tabby named Riley.
  • Her favorite Sue line is "That's what they said about a young man in Chicago in 1871, who thought he'd play a harmless prank on the dairy cow of one Mrs. O'Leary. He successfully ignited its flatulence, and a city burned, William. That young terrorist went on to become the first gay president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln."
  • She's deaf in her right ear.
  • She quit in the middle of her first play.
  • She loves coffee and the first pot in the morning needs to be perfect. She can do it over and over again.
  • Her dog wears a diaper.
  • She's afraid of elevators.
  • She sends her sheets to the cleaners.
  • She performed all her own singing and guitar playing in [13] (2003).
  • She penned and starred in the award winning play "Oh, Sister, My Sister!"
  • Her favorite films are The Crossing Guard (1995), Ninotchka (1939), The Big Lebowski (1998), Zoolander (2001), and Private Benjamin (1980).
  • She's the tallest of her castmates.
  • She made cameos on The Simpsons, iCarly, and Friends.
  • She voiced Al in the American Dad! episode, "Surro-Gate."
  • She voiced Sergeant Calhoun, a female action game character from the 2012 movie Wreck-It-Ralph.
  • She made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in a revival of the 1977's musical, Annie, from May 14 to July 14, 2013. 
  • People sometimes call Jane: "Janer" and "Janie."[12]


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