Erika Lindhome[1] (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.[2] She starred alongside Natasha Leggero in the Comedy Central series Another Period.

Riki Lindhome
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Lindhome at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Erika Lindhome

(1979-03-05) March 5, 1979 (age 40)
Alma materSyracuse University
OccupationActress, musician, comedian
Years active2001–present

Early lifeEdit

Lindhome was born on March 5, 1979, in Coudersport, Pennsylvania,[3] and grew up in Portville, New York.[4] She is primarily of Swedish ancestry.[5] 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. [6] 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.


Lindhome performing as Garfunkel and Oates with Kate Micucci in 2009
Lindhome in February 2010

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.[7] In 2003, Lindhome earned a spot in Tim Robbins' Actor's Gang theater group and appeared in the play Embedded.[8] 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. [9]

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.[10]

During the 2007 writer's strike, Lindhome pursued more writing and directing opportunities.[11] She performs as "Garfunkel" in the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates,[12] with her friend and fellow songwriter Kate Micucci.[12]

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".[13] She also hosts a Nerdist Industries podcast called "Making It".[2]

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.[citation needed]

In 2017, Lindhome had a supporting role in The Lego Batman Movie, voicing supervillain Poison Ivy and The Wicked Witch of the West, though she did not receive billing for the latter role.[14]

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.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Backseat Detour Catie Short film
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 film
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 film
2011 A Good Funeral Polly
2012 Much Ado About Nothing Conrade
2012 Fun Size Denise / Galaxy Scout
2013 Hell Baby Marjorie
2014 Search Party Singer at Weddings
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Popsicle (voice) Cameo
2016 Nerdland Linda (voice)
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


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Titus Charlie Episode "Errrr"
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 House Sarah Episode: "Lockdown"
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"
2011 Enlightened Harper 5 episodes
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
2014–2017 @midnight Herself 5 episodes
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"
2020–present Duncanville Kimberly Harris (voice) Series regular


Year Title Role Notes
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)


  1. ^ "Making It with Riki Lindhome #27 Timecode 0:02:32". Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Making It with Riki Lindhome". Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Coudersport native hits the 'big time'". Endeavor News. December 26, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 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. ^ "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
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  9. ^ Lindhome, interview with Matt Courley, Feb. 13, 2018; available online at
  10. ^ The Last House on the Left official site; accessed April 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Conversations with Ross: Featuring Riki Lindhome
  12. ^ a b Lauer-Williams, Kathy (June 5, 2014). "'Garfunkel and Oates' show with Nazareth's Kate Micucci to premiere Aug. 7". The Morning Call.
  13. ^ "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang with Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison & Sofia Vergara". Funny Or Die. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary". Retrieved 2019-10-30.

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