Riki Lindhome is an American actress and comedian best known for her roles in films such as "Million Dollar Baby" and 2009's "The Last House on the Left." She's also a founding member of the musical comedy duo, "Garfunkel and Oates."
Although born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Erika "Riki" Joan Lindhome grew up in Portville, New York, near Buffalo. After graduating from Syracuse University in 2000, where she was also part of a sketch comedy group known as "Syracuse Live," Riki embarked on a journey to make a name for herself as an actress. Even though she didn't have an agent at the time, this didn't stop her from booking roles on TV shows "Titus" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in 2002.
In 2003, Riki caught what is considered her fist big break when she was cast by actor Tim Robbins in his hit play, "Embedded," which played in New York City at the Public Theater , London at the Riverside Studios and Los Angeles at the Actor's Gang Theater. She was then one of four actors from the play to be cast in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film, "Million Dollar Baby." Since then, her career in acting has included roles in such other films as "Changeling," "The Last House on the Left" (2009), and Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing," and TV shows like "Gilmore Girls," "The Big Bang Theory," and "Super Fun Night."
Of course, Riki is so much more than an actress. She is also a founding member of the musical comedy duo, Garfunkel and Oates, as well as an aspiring writer-director. She even wrote, co-produced, and directed an award-winning short film in 2006, titled "Life is Short." If that isn't enough, she's also starred in music videos, commercials for brands such as McDonald's and Saturn, and hosts the Nerdist podcast, "Making It."