Erik Charles Nielsen

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Erik Charles Nielsen
Born (1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 38)
Alma materBoston University
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active2007–present

Erik Charles Nielsen (born May 8, 1981) is an American actor and comedian.

Early life[edit]

Nielsen was born in West Sayville, New York. He is of Danish descent. Nielsen graduated from Palm Bay High School in 1999. While attending Boston University, he was named the funniest comedian on campus.[1] After continuing to hone his act at The Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he moved to Los Angeles, California to do a Ph.D. program at the University of California, Los Angeles, but dropped before completion. Turning to comedy full-time, he got his first big break at the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.[2]


Nielsen is best known for his recurring role as Garrett Lambert in the television comedy series Community from 2009 to 2015.[3] His other acting credits include Bad Milo (2013) and the pilot episode of IFC's Maron. He also starred in Erik the Librarian,[4] a web series created by Brent Forrester.[5]

Nielsen has appeared at Just for Laughs, on Conan, and on HBO Canada's stand-up series Funny as Hell. On December 10, 2014 he appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.


Year Title Character Notes
2007 iThunes TV Mini-series
2008 Comedy Gumbo Episode: "Smooth Taste"
History of the Joke Himself TV Movie Documentary
2009-2015 Community Garrett Lambert 43 Episodes
2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Merv Paynus Episode: "Crows"
2011 Talking Hedz Short
2012 Small Business Kevin Middlewater TV Movie
2013 Bad Milo Allistair
Maron Darryl Episode: "Internet Troll"
Conan Himself Comic Guest
2014 Crazy House TV Movie
The Muffs: Weird Boy Next Door Weird Boy Next Door Short
2015 The Middle Wizard Episode: "Flirting With Disaster


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