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Erika Lindhome, professionally known as Riki Lindhome, is an American actress, comedian, and musician.

Early life[]

Erika Lindhome was born on March 5, 1979 (Coudersport, Pennsylvania), but was raised in Portville, New York. She graduated from Portville High School in 1997. She majored in communications and film at Syracuse University, where she graduated in 2000.


She played Ramona Nowitzki, a graduate student (later doctor) who was attracted to Sheldon, in three episodes of The Big Bang Theory ("The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem," "The Long Distance Dissonance," and "The Proposal Proposal"). Her television credits include roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, Criminal Minds, Bones, House, United States of Tara, New Girl, Fresh Off the Boat, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, and the Netflix horror/comedy series Wednesday. Her film credits include roles in 2004's Million Dollar Baby, 2009's The Last House on the Left, 2017's The Lego Batman Movie (as the voices of Poison Ivy and the Wicked Witch of the West), and 2019's Knives Out.

Lindhome also portrayed Becky, the girlfriend of Fozzie Bear, in the 2015 television series The Muppets. She took over the role from actress Margo Harshman (Sheldon's assistant Alex Jensen in several episodes of The Big Bang Theory), who played Becky in the 10-minute "first look presentation" that was shown at the ABC upfront at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. (The 10-minute episode was never broadcast as part of the regular series.)

Lindhome is one half of the comedy/musical duo "Garfunkel and Oates," alongside fellow actress and songwriter Kate Micucci (Raj's love interest Lucy in several episodes of The Big Bang Theory). According to the duo, the name is derived from "two famous rock-and-roll second bananas," Art Garfunkel and John Oates (who are better known for performing with musicians Paul Simon and Darryl Hall, respectively). Lindhome and Micucci later developed a television series based on their act, which only lasted for one season.

According to a tweet from Simon Helberg, the song "If I Didn't Have You" that Howard wrote for Bernadette in the episode "The Romance Resonance" was composed by Lindhome and Micucci.


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