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

Lauren Lapkus
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Lapkus after a Comedy Bang! Bang! live show in May 2016
Born Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus[1]
(1985-09-06) September 6, 1985 (age 33)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater DePaul University
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s)
Chris Alvarado
(m. 2014; div. 2016)
Mike Castle (m. 2018)
Website LaurenLapkus.com

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Early lifeEdit

Lapkus was born in Evanston, Illinois, of half Lithuanian and half Greek/Serbian descent.[7] At an early age she would film sketches with her older brother and later at Evanston Township High School[8] she participated in the annual student revue and variety show YAMO.[8]

During her senior year of high school, she began taking improv classes at the iO Theater.[8] She would attend DePaul University graduating in 2008 with a degree in English, while she continued performing improv most nights.[8] Lapkus credits watching a lot of television sitcoms and Saturday Night Live while young with giving her the education to become a comedian.[9]

Upon graduation, she moved to New York City for a year where she got involved with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[8] After living in New York City for 15 months,[8] she relocated to Los Angeles in 2010.[4]

CareerEdit

After almost a year in Los Angeles, Lapkus began landing roles in a number of commercials, including Snickers and Jack in the Box[8] as well as a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[8] From these successes, she got herself representation and during pilot season landed a supporting role in the short lived Are You There, Chelsea?.[8]

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.[10] 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.[11] She has said that she "never expected to get into podcasts at all" and to her it is funny she has one.[8]

In mid-2014, Lapkus was cast in Jurassic World, which she filmed in both Hawaii and New Orleans.[8] Many of her scenes with Jake Johnson were improvised.[8] 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.[12]

Lapkus performs improv regularly. She is a cast member of UCB's flagship show Asssscat.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Lapkus married actor and improviser Chris Alvarado on May 3, 2014.[14] They separated on February 14, 2016.[15] Lapkus married Mike Castle on October 5, 2018.[16]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

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[17] Malory
Dog Days Daisy
Holmes and Watson Millie Post-production

TelevisionEdit

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 Orange Is the New Black Susan Fischer 13 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"
2016–17 American Dad! Various voices 2 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–present Crashing Jess 6 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 Craig of the Creek Mackenzie (voice) Episode: "The Final Book"
2018 The Big Bang Theory Denise 4 episodes
2018–present Harvey Street Kids Lotta (voice) 13 episodes
2018 Big City Greens Val (voice) Episode: "Rated Cricket/Homeshare Hoedown"
2018 DIY Jack (voice)

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Jurassic World Vivian

PodcastsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2018 improv4humans Various •35 episodes
2012–2018 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various •45 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
2015–2018 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 Bitch Sesh Herself •Episode 69: "Reunion, Part 3: Live from Largo"
2017 High and Mighty Herself •Episode 101: "Raised by TV"
2017 Get Up On This Herself •Episode 306: "Lauren Lapkus"
2017–present Raised by TV Co-host •30 episodes
2018 Throwing Shade Herself •Episode 323
2018 The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project Various •2 episodes
2018 Threedom Co-host •26 episodes
2018 Womp It Up! Traci Reardon •2 episodes
2018 Hello from the Magic Tavern Crystal the Genie •Season 2 Episode 63: "Genie"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Laime, Elizabeth (September 19, 2014). "242 - Lauren Lapkus!". Totally Laime (Podcast). Earwolf. Event occurs at 20:53. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  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, Todd (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. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Lauren Lapkus on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "BA #088: Lauren Lapkus". the Box Angeles podcast. July 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Lapkus, Lauren, "I sleep so well here," Chicagoly Magazine, summer 2016, pp. 16-19, p. 17.
  10. ^ "Podcast Pick of the Week: With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus".
  11. ^ Ryan, Kyle (June 15, 2015). "Lauren Lapkus on podcasts, Jurrasic World and Landing another TV Series". The A.V. Club.
  12. ^ "Netflix Orders Innovative Sketch Series 'The Characters' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Asssscat". UCB Theatre.
  14. ^ "Orange is the New Black star Lauren Lapkus's Chicago Wedding". Salvatore's. August 1, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  15. ^ "OITNB Star Lauren Lapkus Valentines Day Separation Message". TMZ. February 14, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Orange Is the New Black Actress Lauren Lapkus Marries Mike Castle — Inside Her 'Romantic' and 'Intimate' Wedding Day". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  17. ^ 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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