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Mo Gaffney wrote and starred, with Kathy Najimy, in the Off-Broadway comedy sensation, "The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives." Her critically acclaimed performance earned her an Obie Award. After the show ended its sold-out engagement, HBO taped the comedy and aired it as an hour-long special which went on to win two Cable Ace Awards, "Best Comedy Special" and "Best Performance in a Comedy Special."
Mo wrote, produced and starred in her second HBO special, "Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side" which went on to win two Cable Ace Awards for "Best Comedy Special" and "Best Performance in a Comedy Special."
Mo has appeared in the films Drop Dead Gorgeous, Happy, Texas, Other Peoples' Money, State Of Grace, The Shot, Bogus, The Wedding Band, Inconceivable, The Out-Of-Towners, Jailbait, Christmas in L.A., God Bless America, A Better You , Ab Fab: The Movie, Three Days With Dad, Dog Days and Desperados among others.
On television Mo was a regular in the John Goodman sitcom Normal, Ohio on Fox, and on the WB sitcom Run of The House. She also had a recurring role as Bo in the BBC sitcom, Absolutely Fabulous (1992, 1994, 2000 and 2011), in the two hour special The Last Shout, and in the Absolutely Fabulous: New York 2003 Christmas special. Mo was seen as a regular on the BBC television show The Full Wax , writing and starring in her own segments, "Taffy Turner: Inside America." She played Paul and Jamie Buchman’s therapist for three seasons on NBC's Mad About You and reprised her role in the 2020 reboot. She also enjoyed recurring roles on Tracey Takes On, That 70's Show and House of Lies. She has been seen on Friends, Eight Simple Rules, Veronica's Closet, Roseanne, The Naked Truth, Judging Amy, Without A Trace, State of Mind, Justified, Shameless, Hart of Dixie, Super Fun Night, Mike and Molly, Bad Teacher, Melissa & Joey, Burning Love, Marry Me, 2 Broke Girls, Kevin From Work, Heartbeat, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Devious Maids, VEEP, Adam Ruins Everything, The Mick, Heathers and The Good Doctor among others.
Mo hosted and co-produced the ground breaking half-hour comedy/talk show, Women Aloud! on Comedy Central -- earning her two Cable Ace Award nominations, and produced and hosted the Fox talk show, The Mo Show. She was also co-host and producer of the syndicated radio show, Women Aloud, for Greenstone Media founded by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. She lost three times on Celebrity Poker Showdown, the first to ever do so.
On stage, in addition to the three incarnations of The Kathy and Mo Show, she also starred in the award winning off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel’s Minneola Twins with Swoosie Kurtz for the Roundabout Theater in NYC and The Vagina Monologues with Marsha Mason and Lynn Whitfield at the West Side Arts Theater in NYC. She appeared with Harvey Feinstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl, starred in Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Annenberg Theater with Coyote Stageworks and played Miss Lynch in Grease at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.