Riki Lindhome

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Riki Lindhome
Riki Lindhome 2013 WonderCon (cropped).jpg
Lindhome at the 2013 WonderCon
Born Erika Lindhome
(1979-03-05) March 5, 1979 (age 37)
Coudersport, Pennsylvania, United States[1]
Occupation Actress, musician, comedian
Years active 2001–present

Erika[2] "Riki" Lindhome (born March 5, 1979) is an American actress, comedian and musician. She is best known for roles in television shows including Garfunkel and Oates, Gilmore Girls, House, The Big Bang Theory and United States of Tara, and for the comedy music duo Garfunkel and Oates, which she formed with Kate Micucci. She hosts the Nerdist podcast Making It.[3] She currently stars alongside Natasha Leggero in the Comedy Central series Another Period.

Early life[edit]

Lindhome was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania in 1979 and grew up in Portville, New York.[4] She is primarily of Swedish heritage.[5] She studied at Syracuse University and was part of the sketch comedy group "Syracuse Live". After graduating in 2000, Lindhome embarked on an acting career and, without an agent, was able to land a small role on the sitcom Titus and a minor role in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


In 2003 Lindhome got her first big break, earning a spot in Tim Robbins's Actor's Gang theater group and appearing in the play Embedded. She was one of four actors from the play to then be cast in the Academy Award-winning film Million Dollar Baby, where she played Mardell Fitzgerald, the sister of main character Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank).

In 2005 Lindhome played a recurring role on Gilmore Girls as Juliet, a friend and classmate of Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry), and then Rory's (Alexis Bledel). In 2006 she wrote, produced and co-directed an award-winning short film, Life is Short, starring herself, Alexis Bledel, Samm Levine and Seth MacFarlane. She also appeared in the 2006 film Pulse and in 2007 was one of many actresses to appear in the music video for Nickelback's "Rockstar".

In 2008 Lindhome had a minor role in the Angelina Jolie film Changeling playing an Examination Nurse. She continued to guest star on several popular television series including The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds and Pushing Daisies. In 2009, she starred in the feature film remake of the Wes Craven classic The Last House on the Left.[6]

During the 2007 writer's strike, Lindhome pursued more writing and directing opportunities.[7] She performs as "Garfunkel" in the Los Angeles area comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates,[8] with her friend and fellow songwriter Kate Micucci.[8] In 2011 she co-wrote a video with Glee castmember Heather Morris for Funny or Die called "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang", a parody of the Dr. Dre song "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" featuring Snoop Dogg, co-starring Sofia Vergara and Glee castmembers Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Harry Shum, Jr. and Naya Rivera.[9] She also hosts a Nerdist Industries podcast called "Making It".[3]

In 2012, Lindhome turned her hand to Shakespeare, appearing as a villain in Joss Whedon's adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.

In 2015, Lindhome and Natasha Leggero created the Comedy Central series Another Period, which they also star in together. She also played the girlfriend of Fozzie Bear on the series The Muppets.


Yell At Me From Your Car EP (2011)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Beige Curtains"   2:27
2. "Accidental Slut"   2:28
3. "Self Esteem"   2:12
4. "Pretty in Buffalo"   2:37
5. "Just Because You're Not"   1:31
Total length: 11:15


Lindhome in February 2010


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Backseat Detour Catie Short
2004 Seeing Other People Girl Kissing Ed Uncredited
2004 Million Dollar Baby Mardell Fitzgerald
2005 All In Marsha
2005 Embedded Gondola & Journalist Video
2005 Berkeley Fighting Girl
2006 Pulse Janelle
2006 Life is Short Lilly Short
2007 Girltrash! LouAnne Dubois Video
2008 Wednesday Again Carli
2008 Changeling Examination Nurse
2008 My Best Friend's Girl Hilary
2009 The Last House on the Left Sadie
2009 Powder Blue Nicole
2009 Say Hello to Stan Talmadge Polly Talmadge
2009 Imaginary Larry Betsy Short
2011 A Good Funeral Polly
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Conrade
2012 Fun Size Denise
2013 Hell Baby Marjorie
2014 Search Party Singer at the weddings
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Popsicle Voice
2016 Nerdland Linda Voice
2017 Under the Silver Lake In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Titus Charlie 1 episode ("Errrr")
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cheryl 1 episode ("Him")
2002–2006 Gilmore Girls Girl #2 / Juliet 5 episodes
2006 Heroes Car Rental Girl 1 episode ("Chapter Three 'One Giant Leap'")
2007 The Minister of Divine Sally 1 episode ("Pilot")
2007 Raines Tammy 1 episode ("Reconstructing Alice")
2008 Pushing Daisies Jeanine 1 episode ("Dummy")
2008 The Big Bang Theory Ramona Nowitzki 1 episode ("The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem")
2008 Criminal Minds Vanessa Holden 1 episode ("52 Pickup")
2009 Bones Mandy Summers 1 episode ("The Bond in the Boot")
2009 Three Rivers Beth 1 episode ("The Kindness of Strangers")
2009 Nip/Tuck McKenzie 1 episode ("Willow Banks")
2010 House Sarah 1 episode ("Lockdown")
2010 Drop Dead Diva Marjorie Little 1 episode ("Begin Again")
2011 $h*! My Dad Says Laura Griffin 1 episode ("Who's Your Daddy?")
2011 United States of Tara Daisy 1 episode ("Dr. Hatteras' Miracle Elixir")
2011 Traffic Light Amy 1 episode ("Credit Balance")
2011 Happy Endings Angie 1 episode ("The Code War")
2011 Enlightened Harper 5 episodes
2012 Garfunkel and Oates Riki 1 episode ("Pilot")
2012 Sketchy Female Announcer 1 episode ("Junk Pump")
2012 Staged Ryda 1 episode ("Flo Rida")
2013 King of the Nerds Herself 1 episode ("Nerdy Dancing")
2013 House of Lies: Flight Club Melanie 1 episode ("Rom Com")
2013–2014 Monsters vs. Aliens Susan Murphy/ Ginormica Series regular (voice)
2013 Adventure Time Island lady (voice) 1 episode ("Party's Over, Isla de Señorita")
2013 New Girl Kylie 1 episode ("The Captain")
2013 Super Fun Night Hayle recurring character
2014–2015 @midnight Herself 4 episodes (1 win)
2014 Garfunkel and Oates Riki (Garfunkel) Main cast; also creator
2015–present Another Period Beatrice Main cast; also creator
2015 The Muppets Becky 3 episodes
2015 Fresh Off the Boat Arielle (The Masseuse) 1 episode ("Family Business Trip")
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Agneta 1 episode ("The Swedes")
2016 House of Lies Joy 1 episode ("One-Eighty")


  1. ^ "Coudersport native hits the 'big time'". Endeavor News. December 26, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Making It with Riki Lindhome #27 Timecode 0:02:32". Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Making It with Riki Lindhome". Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Portville's Lindhome gets laughs on Leno". Olean Times Herald. December 15, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Making It Podcast: Episode 17". The Nerdist. November 8, 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2015. Lindhome mentions she's Swedish at the one minute mark 
  6. ^ The Last House on the Left official site
  7. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Riki Lindhome Rosscarey.com
  8. ^ a b Lauer-Williams, Kathy (June 5, 2014). "'Garfunkel and Oates' show with Nazareth's Kate Micucci to premiere Aug. 7". The Morning Call. 
  9. ^ "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang with Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison & Sofia Vergara". Funny Or Die. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 

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