Mo Gaffney

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Mo Gaffney
Maureen E. Gaffney

(1958-11-05) November 5, 1958 (age 65)
San Diego, California, United States
  • Actress
  • activist
Years active1990–present

Maureen E. Gaffney (born November 5, 1958, in San Diego, California) is an American actress and activist.[1]


Gaffney hosted two of her own television talk shows: Women Aloud! (which was shown on the Comedy Central network) and The Mo Show.[2]

She and friend Kathy Najimy wrote and starred in two Off-Broadway shows, The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives (1989)[3] and The Kathy and Mo Show: The Dark Side,[4] both of which won Obie Awards.

She appeared in Seasons 4 and 5 of That '70s Show as Joanne Stupak, Bob Pinciotti's girlfriend, had a recurring role in Mad About You and guest starred in Friends and Veronica's Closet. In addition, she appeared in the black comedy about beauty pageants, Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Gaffney appeared on the British television talk show The Full Wax starring Ruby Wax, in which she portrayed American correspondent "Taffy Turner", in the recurring segment "Taffy Turner: Inside America". Gaffney teamed up with Jennifer Saunders in a recurring role as Bo in the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous; in 2004, talks of a spin-off show began but nothing surfaced. She is co-host of the "Women Aloud" radio program on Greenstone Media.

Personal life[edit]

Gaffney is an activist for same-sex marriage and has officiated at same-sex marriages as a certified marriage celebrant.[5]



Year Title Role
1990 State of Grace Maureen
1991 Other People's Money Harriet
1994 Days Like This Margo
1996 Bogus Travellers Aide – New Jersey
1998 Inconceivable Rachel
1999 Happy, Texas Mrs. Bromley
My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception Sybil Radzinsky
The Out-of-Towners Paranoid Woman
Drop Dead Gorgeous Terry Macy, State Pageant
The Basement and the Kitchen
2000 Jailbait Lydia Stone
2001 Ca$hino Kimmy Delance
2004 Adventures to Homeschool Gloria Hemple
2010 Head Over Spurs in Love Innana
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Bo Chrysalis Turtle


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives Herself
The Full Wax Taffy Turner
1992–1996, 2001–2004, 2012 Absolutely Fabulous Bo Chrysalis Turtle 11 episodes
1993 The Mo Show Herself
1994 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Christina Todd
1995 The Kathy & Mo Show: The Dark Side Herself
1996 The Show Sheila Ricks
The Louie Show Louie's Supervisor
Roseanne Astrid Wentworth 2 episodes
1996–1999, 2019 Mad About You Dr. Sheila Kleinman 12 episodes
1997 The Naked Truth Fern, the Cat Lady
Veronica's Closet Karen 2 episodes
1997–1999 Tracey Takes On... Dusty Roads 7 episodes
1998 Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not! Bo Chrysalis Turtle Video of outtakes and deleted scenes
1999–2000 Ladies Man Mayvis Little 2 episodes
2000 Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Dr. Brice
Normal, Ohio Elizabeth 7 episodes
2001 Friends The Casting Director
2001–2003 That '70s Show Joanne Stupac 12 episodes
2002 Judging Amy Maxine's Dentist
2002–2003 8 Simple Rules Mrs. Connelly 2 episodes
2003–2004 Run of the House Marilyn Norris 18 episodes
2004 Adventures in Homeschooling Gloria Hemple
Without a Trace Joanna
2005 Ghost Whisperer Laie Fairfax
2007 State of Mind Kay
2011 Shameless Christine Dowling
2012 Absolutely Fabulous: Olympics Bo Chrysalis Turtle
2012–2013 House of Lies Principal Gita
2013 Mike & Molly Helen
2013 NCIS DCS Director Season 11, Episode 7
2014 Melissa and Joey Vice Principal Lucinda Dowell
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. Sussman
2015 Veep Deborah
2016 2 Broke Girls Elaine
2016 Heartbeat Lawyer
2016 Adam Ruins Everything Patty
2017 The Mick Rita
2018 Heathers Margie Kane
2018 The Good Doctor Uber Driver Season 2, Episode 14
2023 Clone High Ms. Grumbles Voice[6]


  • 1995: The Kathy & Mo Show: The Dark Side (TV) (writer)
  • 1994: She TV (1 episode, 1994) – Episode #1.2 (1994) TV episode (head writer)
  • 1991: The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives (TV) (writer)


  • 1994: Days Like This (TV) (executive producer)
  • 1992: Women Aloud! TV series (co-producer) (unknown episodes)


  1. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Theater Review. Women Acting Their Age, and Everybody Else's, The New York Times, June 18, 2004
  2. ^ Yant, Monica. "'Mo Show' Pledge", Los Angeles Times, September 28, 1993
  3. ^ " 'The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives' " Retrieved November 28, 2016
  4. ^ [1], Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ Gaffney, Mo (December 26, 2011). "Standing on Ceremony Scribe Mo Gaffney on Officiating at Weddings and the Importance of Marriage Equality".
  6. ^ Clarendon, Dan (March 25, 2023). "'Clone High' First Look: See Who's Joining the Cast and Which Character Is Gone". TV Insider. Retrieved April 7, 2023.

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