June Diane Raphael
- January 04, 1980 (age 41)
- Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter
- Paul Scheer
- Diane Raphael, John Raphael
June Diane Raphael (born January 4, 1980) is an American actress, comedienne, and screenwriter. She is best known for starring in the Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV:: and in the web series Burning Love.
Raphael was born and raised in Rockville Centre, New York to parents Diane and John Raphael, where she graduated from South Side High School in 1998. After high school, she attended New York University (NYU), where she studied acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. She has two older sisters, Lauren Raphael and New York-based actress Deanna Raphael. After graduating New York University in 2002, Raphael and her best friend from college, Casey Wilson, began studying improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City, where they would eventually run their two-woman sketch show for a number of years. Performing the long-running stage show opened doors for them as writers, after performing the show at the "U.S. Comedy Arts Festival" in 2005, they were hired by New Regency Pictures to write the film Bride Wars and landed a development deal with UPN to create a sitcom pilot.
Raphael began her comedy career writing and performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB) in New York and later in Los Angeles. Among her best known work at UCB, was the long-running sketch show Rode Hard and Put Away Wet, written and performed alongside her comedy partner and best friend Casey Wilson; the stage show ran from 2003 to 2006 in New York and Los Angeles and was an official selection at 2005's US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The two women, who had first met in a clown class during their sophomore year at NYU, went on to win the ECNY Award for "Best Comedy Duo" in 2005. They also performed as members of the UCB improv teams "Mr. and Mrs. All-Star", "Sentimental Lady", and "Hey, Uncle Gary!". Raphael and Wilson's comedic partnership has since branched out into an active writing career in film and television, they co-wrote the screenplay for the 2009 comedy Bride Wars, which they also appeared in with supporting roles. They had a development deal with the UPN network in 2005 to create a half-hour comedy pilot and in 2007 they worked as writers and story editors on the Americanized version of Creature Comforts on CBS. They also continue to contribute comedic videos to the humor website Funny or Die.
Raphael lives in Los Angeles and is married to actor/comedian Paul Scheer. They began dating in January 2004, after first meeting when the artistic director of Manhattan's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre brought Scheer in to offer advice to Raphael and her comedy partner Casey Wilson on making improvements to their two-woman sketch show. They moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2005. In 2009, they married in a smallish affair at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.