Lindhome at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
March 5, 1979
|Alma mater||Syracuse University|
|Occupation||Actress, musician, comedian|
Erika 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 also hosts the Nerdist podcast Making It. She starred alongside Natasha Leggero in the Comedy Central series Another Period.
Lindhome was born on March 5, 1979, in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Portville, New York. She is primarily of Swedish ancestry. In 1997, Riki Lindhome won first prize in the JFK Profiles in Courage essay contest awarded by the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Lindhome's winning subject was about the courage and resilience of US representative Carolyn McCarthy, whose outrage at the murder of her husband and five others by a gunman on a Long Island train compelled her to challenge and win the seat held by her congressman, who had voted to repeal the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.  Lindhome studied at Syracuse University and was part of the sketch comedy group known as Syracuse Live. After graduating in 2000, she embarked on an acting career.
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After graduating from university, despite not having an agent, Lindhome was able to land a small role on the sitcom Titus and a minor role in the season seven episode "Him" of the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 2003, Lindhome got her first big break, earning a spot in Tim Robbins' 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 the main character.
In 2005, Lindhome had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls as Juliet, a friend and classmate of Logan Huntzberger and then Rory. In 2006, she wrote, produced, and co-directed the 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 public figures to appear in the music video for Nickelback's "Rockstar".
In 2008, Lindhome had a minor role in the 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.
During the 2007 writer's strike, Lindhome pursued more writing and directing opportunities. She performs as "Garfunkel" in the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates, with her friend and fellow songwriter Kate Micucci.
In 2011, she co-wrote a video with Glee cast member Heather Morris for Funny or Die called Nuthin' But a Glee Thang, a parody of the Dr. Dre song "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang". She also hosts a Nerdist Industries podcast called "Making It".
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 starred in together. She also played the girlfriend of Fozzie Bear on the series The Muppets.
In October 2019, she was featured in a 30-minute YouTube documentary created by SoulPancake, in collaboration with Funny or Die, wherein a variety of comedians discuss mental health called Laughing Matters.
|2001||Backseat Detour||Catie||Short film|
|2004||Seeing Other People||Girl Kissing Ed||Uncredited|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||Mardell Fitzgerald|
|2005||Embedded||Gondola / Journalist||Video|
|2006||Life is Short||Lilly||Short film|
|2008||My Best Friend's Girl||Hilary|
|2009||The Last House on the Left||Sadie|
|2009||Say Hello to Stan Talmadge||Polly Talmadge|
|2009||Imaginary Larry||Betsy||Short film|
|2011||A Good Funeral||Polly|
|2012||Much Ado About Nothing||Conrade|
|2012||Fun Size||Denise / Galaxy Scout|
|2014||Search Party||Singer at Weddings|
|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Popsicle (voice)||Cameo|
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Poison Ivy (voice)|
|Wicked Witch of the West (voice)||Uncredited|
|2018||Under the Silver Lake||The Actress|
|2019||Knives Out||Donna Thrombey|
|2020||The Werewolf||Julia Robson||Post-production|
|2002||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Cheryl||Episode: "Him"|
|2002–2006||Gilmore Girls||Girl #2 / Juliet||5 episodes|
|2006||Heroes||Car Rental Girl||Episode: "Chapter Three: 'One Giant Leap'"|
|2007||The Minister of Divine||Sally||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||Raines||Tammy||Episode: "Reconstructing Alice"|
|2008||Pushing Daisies||Jeanine||Episode: "Dummy"|
|2008, 2017||The Big Bang Theory||Ramona Nowitzki||3 episodes|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Vanessa Holden||Episode: "52 Pickup"|
|2009||Bones||Mandy Summers||Episode: "The Bond in the Boot"|
|2009||Three Rivers||Beth||Episode: "The Kindness of Strangers"|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||McKenzie||Episode: "Willow Banks"|
|2010||Drop Dead Diva||Marjorie Little||Episode: "Begin Again"|
|2011||$h*! My Dad Says||Laura Griffin||Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"|
|2011||United States of Tara||Daisy||Episode: "Dr. Hatteras' Miracle Elixir"|
|2011||Traffic Light||Amy||Episode: "Credit Balance"|
|2011||Happy Endings||Angie||Episode: "The Code War"|
|2012||Garfunkel and Oates||Riki||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2012||Sketchy||Female Announcer||Episode: "Junk Pump"|
|2012||Staged||Ryda||Episode: "Flo Rida"|
|2013||King of the Nerds||Herself||Episode: "Nerdy Dancing"|
|2013||House of Lies: Flight Club||Melanie||Episode: "Rom Com"|
|2013, 2015||Adventure Time||Island Lady / Ice Cream (voices)||2 episodes|
|2013||New Girl||Kylie||Episode: "The Captain"|
|2013–2014||Super Fun Night||Hayley||3 episodes|
|2013–2014||Monsters vs. Aliens||Susan Murphy / Ginormica||Voice|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Garfunkel||8 episodes; also creator, executive producer, writer|
|2015||The Muppets||Becky||3 episodes|
|2015||Fresh Off the Boat||Arielle||Episode: "Family Business Trip"|
|2015||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Agneta Carlsson||Episode: "The Swedes"|
|2015–2018||Another Period||Beatrice Bellacourt||32 episodes; also creator, executive producer, writer|
|2016||House of Lies||Joy||Episode: "One-Eighty"|
|2016||Ask the StoryBots||The Molecules||Episode: "Why Is the Sky Blue?"|
|2017||Difficult People||Hostess||Episode: "The Silkwood"|
|2018||Modern Family||Poet||Episode: "In Your Head"|
|2018||Take My Wife||Clerk||Episode #2.8|
|2018||Big Hero 6: The Series||Wendy Wower (voice)||Episode: "Small Hiro One"|
|2018||Kidding||Shaina||Episode: "Every Pain Needs a Name"|
|2019||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Hungry cat||Episode: "I Need Some Balance"|
|2007–2009||Girltrash!||LouAnne "Trouble" Dubois||8 episodes|
|2010||Tea Party Macabre||Herself||5 episodes|
|2013||Jon Davis Gets a Sex Robot||Layla Davis||4 episodes|
|2016||Con Man||Janet Carney||2 episodes|
- Yell At Me From Your Car EP (2011)
- "Making It with Riki Lindhome #27 Timecode 0:02:32". Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- "Making It with Riki Lindhome". Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
- "Coudersport native hits the 'big time'". Endeavor News. December 26, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
- "Portville's Lindhome gets laughs on Leno". Olean Times Herald. December 15, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2015.
- "Making It Podcast: Episode 17". The Nerdist. November 8, 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
Lindhome mentions she's Swedish at the one minute mark
- "John F. Kennedy Library Newsletter Summer 1997" (PDF). JFK Library. May 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
Lindhome wins JFK Library Profile in Courage Essay Contest
- The Last House on the Left official site; accessed April 25, 2018.
- Conversations with Ross: Featuring Riki Lindhome Rosscarey.com
- Lauer-Williams, Kathy (June 5, 2014). "'Garfunkel and Oates' show with Nazareth's Kate Micucci to premiere Aug. 7". The Morning Call.
- "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang with Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison & Sofia Vergara". Funny Or Die. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- McKay, Chris [@buddboetticher] (Feb 12, 2017). "@TheEvanora Riki Lindhomme is Wicked Witch. Laura Kightlinger = Orca. Croc = Matt Villa. David Burrows = Freeze. Lauren White = medusa" (Tweet). Retrieved March 1, 2017 – via Twitter.
- "Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary". Retrieved 2019-10-30.