Lauren Lapkus

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Lauren Lapkus
Lapkus in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2016
Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus[1]

(1985-09-06) September 6, 1985 (age 35)
Alma materDePaul University
OccupationActress, voice actress, comedian, impressionist
Years active2005–present
Chris Alvarado
(m. 2014; div. 2016)
(m. 2018)

Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus[1] (born September 6, 1985)[2] is an American actress, voice actress, comedian and impressionist known for portraying Susan Fischer in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black[3] and Jess in the HBO series Crashing. She has also made appearances on such television shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Middle, Hot in Cleveland, The Big Bang Theory, and @midnight and films such as Jurassic World.[4] She has appeared on many podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, improv4humans, and her own podcasts With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus and Laptime with Lauren Lapkus.[5][6] She was a main cast member on the TBS original sitcom Clipped.[7] She also played the voice of Lotta in Harvey Girls Forever!

Early life[edit]

Lapkus was born in Evanston, Illinois, of half Lithuanian and half Greek/Serbian descent.[8] At an early age she filmed sketches with her older brother and later at Evanston Township High School[9] she participated in the annual student revue and variety show YAMO.[9]

During her senior year of high school, she began taking improv classes at the iO Theater.[9] She attended DePaul University graduating in 2008 with a degree in English, while she continued performing improv most nights.[9] Lapkus credits watching many television sitcoms and Saturday Night Live while young for educating her to become a comedian.[10]

Upon graduation, she moved to New York City for a year where she became involved with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[9] After living in New York City for 15 months,[9] she relocated to Los Angeles in 2010.[4]


After almost a year in Los Angeles, Lapkus began landing roles in a number of commercials, including Snickers and Jack in the Box[9] as well as a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live![9] From these successes, she got herself representation and during pilot season landed a supporting role in the short lived Are You There, Chelsea?.[9]

After self-taping her audition, Lapkus was cast as security guard Susan Fischer on the first and second seasons of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.[11] In 2015, Lapkus and the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

In 2014, Lapkus launched her own podcast on the Earwolf network, called With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus. The show's premise is that each week her guest is the host of their own podcast, and she is appearing as a character on their show. Her guests have included Paul F. Tompkins, Betsy Sodaro, Andy Daly, Nick Kroll, and Scott Aukerman.[12] She has said that she "never expected to get into podcasts at all" and to her it is funny she has one.[9]

In mid-2014, Lapkus was cast in Jurassic World, which she filmed in both Hawaii and New Orleans.[9] Many of her scenes with Jake Johnson were improvised.[9] In 2015, she portrayed Joy the receptionist in TBS's Clipped. In 2016, Lapkus wrote and starred in her own 30-minute episode of the sketch show Netflix Presents: The Characters.[13]

Lapkus performs improv regularly. She is a cast member of UCB's flagship show Asssscat.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Lapkus married actor and improviser Chris Alvarado on May 3, 2014.[15] She announced their separation on February 14, 2016.[16] Lapkus married actor Mike Castle on October 5, 2018.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Movie Boy Pamela
2011 Dog DNA Short film
Secrets, Secrets Short film
Plastic Heart Lauren Short film
2012 Dreamworld Sushi
Cleve Dixon: Terrible Detective Barbara Dietrichson
Manhattan Mixup Agent Smith Short film
2013 3D Printer Short film
Are You Here Delia Shepard
The To Do List Girl Heckler
2014 Bread and Butter Deirdre Newsome
Blended Tracy the Babysitter
2015 Jurassic World Vivian
2016 Opening Night Alex Bean
2017 Girlfriend's Day Cardie #2
2018 The Unicorn[18] Malory
Dog Days Daisy
Good Girls Get High Patty
Holmes & Watson Millie
2019 Between Two Ferns: The Movie Carol Hunch
2020 The Wrong Missy Missy


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Carpeted Afterhours Becky Television film
2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Various 2 episodes
2010–11 The Parent Project Angie 4 episodes
2011 Video Game Reunion Luigi's Stalker 3 episodes
2011 The Back Room Various 2 episodes
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Dee Dee 12 episodes
2012 Hot in Cleveland Oscar Episode: "A Box Full of Puppies"
2013 Joe, Joe & Jane Melissa TV pilot
2013–14, 2019 Orange Is the New Black Susan Fischer 14 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2013–16 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 5 episodes
2013 You're Whole Ellie Episode: "Lemonade/Fishing/Cupcakes"
2014 House of Lies Benita Spire 3 episodes
2014–16 Drunk History Herself / Normal Woman 3 episodes
2014 The Hotwives of Orlando Bank Rep Episode: "Staycation"
2014 Friends with Better Lives Deena Episode: "The Lost and Hound"
2014 Key & Peele Marion Glass 2 episodes
2015 Kroll Show Candace Episode: "The In Addition Tos"
2015 Clipped Joy Series regular; 10 episodes
2015–16 Another Period Penelope 2 episodes
2015–17 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Matilda / additional voices 4 episodes
2016–18 Animals. Various voices 7 episodes
2016 Netflix Presents: The Characters Various Episode: "Lauren Lapkus"
2016 Bob's Burgers Krissy Davis / Mrs. Davis (voice) Episode: "Bye Bye Boo Boo"
2016–20 American Dad! Various voices 7 episodes
2016–17 Adventure Time Patience St. Pim / Blue Tranch / Ted (voice) 5 episodes
2016 TripTank Clarine (voice) Episode: "TripTank 2025"
2016 The Earliest Show Samantha Newman 6 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
2016 Hell's Kitchen Herself Episode: "Let the Catfights Begin"
2017–19 Crashing Jess 9 episodes
2017 Clarence Lauren / Kim / Square Mom (voice) Episode: "Rock Show"
2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Nadine Episode: "A Divided House"
2017 Ginger Snaps Calista (voice) 10 episodes
2017 The Guest Book Sandy 2 episodes
2018 Life in Pieces Cindy Episode: "Reading Egg Nurse Neighbor"
2018 Lucifer Bree Garland / Abel Episode: "Infernal Guinea Pig"
2018–20 Craig of the Creek Mackenzie (voice) 4 episodes
2018–19 The Big Bang Theory Denise 8 episodes
2018 DIY Jack (voice) Television film
2018–20 Harvey Girls Forever! Lotta (voice) 52 episodes
2018–20 Big City Greens Val / Rich Lady / Bella (voice) 3 episodes
2018 Nailed It! Herself Episode: "Jingle Fails"
2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Higgs (voice) Episode: "The Knight Shift"
2019 Lights Out with David Spade Herself Episode: "Wayne Brady, Tim Dillon, Lauren Lapkus"
2020 Good Girls Phoebe Donnegan 4 episodes
2020 Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Herself (celebrity contestant) 2 episodes; total winnings: $500,000
2020 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Red Fox (voice) Episode: "Sidekick Ahoy"
2020 Close Enough Quinn (voice) Episode: "So Long Boys/Clap Like This"
2020 Corporate Debby Deberson Episode: "Good Job"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Lego Jurassic World Vivian


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2020 improv4humans Various •40 episodes
2012–2020 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various •52 episodes
2013 The Reality Show Show Herself •Episode 39: "There Is Ninjas"
2013, 2014 Totally Laime Herself •Episode 160: "Let's All Pee"
•Episode 242: "One Hundred Percent!"
2014 Pop My Culture Herself •Episode 154: "Lauren Lapkus and Chris Alvarado"
2014 Professor Blastoff Herself •Episode 175: "Reality TV"
2014, 2017 Who Charted? Herself •2 episodes
2014–2017 Hollywood Handbook Herself •3 episodes
2014–present With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus Various (guest) •150 episodes
2015 The Hooray Show with Horatio Herself •Episode 2: "Cereal"
2015 Gilmore Guys Herself •Episode 60: "Lorelai Out of Water"
2015 Never Not Funny Herself •Episode 1615: "Lauren Lapkus"
2015 The Nerdist Podcast Herself •Episode 692: "Lauren Lapkus"
2015 Thrilling Adventure Hour Various •5 episodes
2015 Box Angeles Herself •Episode 88: "Lauren Lapkus"
2015 The Dead Authors Podcast Beatrix Potter •Addendum vi: Beatrix Potter
2015 Psychic Pshow with Lauren Lapkus Host •4 episodes
2015–present Wild Horses: The Perspective Co-host •15 episodes
2015 Sklarbro Country Herself •Episode 267: "Hump The Gun"
2015–2018 SPONTANEANATION with Paul F. Tompkins Herself •4 episodes
2015, 2016 Will You Accept This Rose? Herself •2 episodes
2016 You Made It Weird Herself •Episode 297: "Lauren Lapkus"
2016 If I Were You Herself •Episode 209: "Friend Group (w/ Lauren Lapkus!)"
2016 The Longest Shortest Time Herself •Episode 78: "Lauren Lapkus Answers Kids' Unanswerable Questions"
2016, 2017 Doughboys Herself •2 episodes
2016 WTF with Marc Maron Herself •Episode 732: "Lauren Lapkus"
2016 I Was There Too Herself •Episode 45: "Jurassic World with Lauren Lapkus"
2017 How Did This Get Made? Herself •Episode 159: "Sleepwalkers"
2017 Big Grande's Teacher's Lounge Ms. Smuckers •Episode 9: "Great Grief with Home Economics Teacher Ms. Smuckers"
2017, 2019 Bitch Sesh Herself •2 episodes
2017 High and Mighty Herself •Episode 101: "Raised by TV"
2017 Get Up On This Herself •Episode 306: "Lauren Lapkus"
2017–2019 Raised by TV Co-host •71 episodes
2018–2020 Throwing Shade Herself •3 episodes
2018 The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project Various •2 episodes
2018–present Threedom Co-host •53 episodes
2018 Womp It Up! Traci Reardon •2 episodes
2018 Hello from the Magic Tavern Crystal the Genie •Season 2, Episode 63: "Genie"
2018 Mother May I Sleep With Podcast Herself •Season 3, Episode 12: "Wicked Moms Club"
2020 Newcomers Co-host •16 episodes
2020 Laptime with Lauren Lapkus Herself/various •48 episodes
2020 Mission to Zyxx Maxie Wiggs •Episode 415: "Dear Maxie"


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  2. ^ Staff (September 6, 2016). "Today In History: September 6". Associated Press. Retrieved March 15, 2017 – via The Gazette (Janesville, Wisconsin). Today's Birthdays: ... Actress Lauren Lapkus is 31.
  3. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (July 16, 2013). "Orange Is The New Black - The Complete First Season". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Madrid, Monique (April 12, 2013). "Lauren Lapkus Is One Crazy, Talented Woman". Serial Optimist Magazine. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  5. ^ Ryan, Kyle (June 15, 2015). "Lauren Lapkus on podcasts, Jurassic World, and landing another TV series". The A.V. Club.
  6. ^ "LAPTIME with Lauren Lapkus". Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 7, 2014). "TBS Orders 'Buzzy's,' 'Your Family or Mine,' Rashida Jones Comedies to Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Lauren Lapkus on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
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  10. ^ Lapkus, Lauren, "I sleep so well here," Chicagoly Magazine, summer 2016, pp. 16-19, p. 17.
  11. ^ "Podcast Pick of the Week: With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus".
  12. ^ Ryan, Kyle (June 15, 2015). "Lauren Lapkus on podcasts, Jurrasic World and Landing another TV Series". The A.V. Club.
  13. ^ "Netflix Orders Innovative Sketch Series 'The Characters' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Asssscat". UCB Theatre.
  15. ^ "Orange is the New Black star Lauren Lapkus's Chicago Wedding". Salvatore's. August 1, 2014. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  16. ^ "OITNB Star Lauren Lapkus Valentines Day Separation Message". TMZ. February 14, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Orange Is the New Black Actress Lauren Lapkus Marries Mike Castle — Inside Her 'Romantic' and 'Intimate' Wedding Day". Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (July 17, 2017). "Nick Rutherford, Lauren Lapkus to Star in Relationship Comedy 'The Unicorn' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2017.

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