Erica 'Riki' Lindhome (born March 5, 1979) is an American actress and musician. She is best known for television roles in shows including Gilmore Girls, House, The Big Bang Theory and United States of Tara and is also one half of the musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. She currently hosts the Nerdist podcast Making It. Riki Lindhome was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania in 1979 and grew up in Portville, New York. She is of Swedish heritage. Lindhome studied at Syracuse University and was part of the sketch comedy group 'Syracuse Live'. After graduating in 2000, Lindhome embarked on an acting career and without an agent was able to land a small role on the sitcom Titus and a minor role in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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