Lindhome at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
March 5, 1979
Coudersport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, musician, comedian|
Erika "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 also hosts the Nerdist podcast Making It. She currently stars 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. She 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.
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 star in together. She also played the girlfriend of Fozzie Bear on the series The Muppets.
|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|
|2014||Search Party||Singer at Weddings|
|2015||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water||Popsicle (voice)||Cameo|
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy (voice)|
|Wicked Witch of the West (voice)||Uncredited|
|2018||Under the Silver Lake||The Actress|
|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||Episode: "The Swedes"|
|2015-present||Another Period||Beatrice Bellacourt||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|
|2007-2009||Girltrash!||LouAnne "Trouble" Dubois||8 episodes|
|2013||Jon Davis Gets a Sex Robot||Layla Davis||4 episodes|
|2016||Con Man||Janet Carney||2 episodes|
Lindhome mentions she's Swedish at the one minute mark