Erik Charles Nielsen (born May 8, 1981 in West Sayville, NY) is an American actor and comedian best known for his recurring role as Garrett Lambert in the television comedy series Community since 2009. Acting credits also include Bad Milo (2013) and the first episode of IFC's Maron. He also starred in Erik the Librarian,a web series created by Simpsons writer Brent Forrester for the now defunct 60 Frames.
Nielsen graduated from Palm Bay High School in 1999. While attending Boston University, he was named the funniest comedian on campus. After continuing to hone his act at The Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, but dropped out of his Ph.D. program. Turning to comedy full-time, he got his first big break at the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festivalin Aspen, Colorado. He's also appeared at Just For Laughs, on Conan, and on HBO Canada's stand-up series Funny as Hell.
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