Lapkus after a Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast in May 2016
|Born||Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus
September 6, 1985
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||DePaul University|
|Chris Alvarado (m. 2014; div. 2016)|
Dorthea Lauren Allegra Lapkus (born September 6, 1985) is an American actress and comedian who portrayed Dee Dee in the NBC sitcom Are You There, Chelsea? and Susan Fischer in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. She has also made appearances on such television shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Middle, Hot in Cleveland, and @midnight. She has appeared on many podcasts, including Comedy Bang! Bang!, improv4humans, and her own podcast With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus. She was a main cast member on the TBS original sitcom Clipped.
Lapkus was born in Evanston, Illinois, of half Lithuanian and half Greek descent. At an early age she would film sketches with her older brother and later at Evanston Township High School she participated in the annual student revue and variety show YAMO.
During her senior year of high school, she began taking improv classes at the iO Theater. She would attend DePaul University graduating in 2008 with a degree in English, while she continued performing improv most nights. Lapkus credits watching a lot of television sitcoms and Saturday Night Live while young with giving her the education to become a comedian.
Upon graduation, she moved to New York City for a year where she got involved with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. After living in New York for 15 months, she relocated to Los Angeles in 2010.
After almost a year in Los Angeles, Lapkus began landing roles in a number of commercials, including Snickers and Jack in the Box as well as a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. From these successes, she got herself representation and during pilot season landed a supporting role in the short lived Are You There, Chelsea?.
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. 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. She has said that she "never expected to get into podcasts at all" and to her it is funny she has one.
In mid-2014, Lapkus was cast in Jurassic World, which she filmed in both Hawaii and New Orleans. Many of her scenes with Jake Johnson were improvised. 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.
|2011||Dog DNA||Short film|
|Secrets, Secrets||Short film|
|Plastic Heart||Lauren||Short film|
|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|
|2016||Opening Night||Alex Bean|
|2017||Girlfriend's Day||Cardie #2|
|2018||Holmes and Watson||Millie||Post-production|
|2007||Carpeted Afterhours||Becky||Television film|
|2010||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Various||2 episodes|
|2010-2011||Parent Project, TheThe Parent Project||Angie||4 episodes|
|2011||Video Game Reunion||Luigi's Stalker||3 episodes|
|2011||Back Room, TheThe 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|
|2013-2014||Orange Is the New Black||Susan Fischer||13 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2013-2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||5 episodes|
|2013||You're Whole||Ellie||Episode: "Lemonade/Fishing/Cupcakes"|
|2014||House of Lies||Benita Spire||3 episodes|
|2014-2016||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|
|2015-2016||Another Period||Penelope||2 episodes|
|2015-2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Matilda / additional voices||4 episodes|
|2016-2017||Animals.||Various voices||5 episodes|
|2016||Netflix Presents: The Characters||Various||Episode: "Lauren Lapkus"|
|2016||Bob's Burgers||Krissy Davis / Mrs. Davis (voice)||Episode: "Bye Bye Boo Boo"|
|2016-2017||American Dad!||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2016-2017||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||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: "Story One" & "Story Ten"|
|2015||Lego Jurassic World||Vivian|
|2012-2017||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||o82 episodes|
|2013||The Reality Show Show||Herself||oEpisode 39: "There Is Ninjas"|
|2013, 2014||Totally Laime||Herself||oEpisode 160: "Let's All Pee"
oEpisode 242: "One Hundred Percent!"
|2014||Pop My Culture||Herself||oEpisode 154: "Lauren Lapkus and Chris Alvarado"|
|2014||Professor Blastoff||Herself||oEpisode 175: "Reality TV"|
|2014, 2017||Who Charted?||Herself||o2 episodes|
|2014, 2017||Hollywood Handbook||Herself||o2 episodes|
|2014-present||With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus||Various (guest)||o141 episodes|
|2015||The Hooray Show with Horatio||Herself||oEpisode 2: "Cereal"|
|2015||Gilmore Guys||Herself||oEpisode 60: "Lorelai Out of Water"|
|2015||Never Not Funny||Herself||oEpisode 1615: "Lauren Lapkus"|
|2015||The Nerdist Podcast||Herself||oEpisode 692: "Lauren Lapkus"|
|2015||Thrilling Adventure Hour||Various||o5 episodes|
|2015||Box Angeles||Herself||oEpisode 88: "Lauren Lapkus"|
|2015||The Dead Authors Podcast||Beatrix Potter||oAddendum vi: Beatrix Potter|
|2015||Psychic Pshow with Lauren Lapkus||Host||o4 episodes|
|2015||Wild Horses: The Perspective||Co-host||o5 episodes|
|2015||Sklarbro Country||Herself||oEpisode 267: "Hump The Gun"|
|2015-2017||SPONTANEANATION with Paul F. Tompkins||Herself||o3 episodes|
|2015, 2016||Will You Accept This Rose?||Herself||o2 episodes|
|2016||You Made It Weird||Herself||oEpisode 297: "Lauren Lapkus"|
|2016||If I Were You||Herself||oEpisode 209: "Friend Group (w/ Lauren Lapkus!)"|
|2016||The Longest Shortest Time||Herself||oEpisode 78: "Lauren Lapkus Answers Kids' Unanswerable Questions"|
|2016, 2017||Doughboys||Herself||o2 episodes|
|2016||WTF with Marc Maron||Herself||oEpisode 732: "Lauren Lapkus"|
|2016||I Was There Too||Herself||oEpisode 45: "Jurassic World with Lauren Lapkus"|
|2017||How Did This Get Made?||Herself||oEpisode 159: "Sleepwalkers"|
|2017||Bitch Sesh||Herself||oEpisode 69: "Reunion, Part 3: Live from Largo"|
|2017||High and Mighty||Herself||oEpisode 101: "Raised by TV"|
|2017||Get Up On This||Herself||oEpisode 306: "Lauren Lapkus"|
|2017||Raised by TV||Co-host||o1 Episode|
Today's Birthdays: ... Actress Lauren Lapkus is 31.