Lauren Lapkus

Lauren Lapkus is a SAG Award-winning actress and comedian best known for her role as Susan Fischer on Netflix’s original series, “Orange is the New Black”. Her credits include Jurassic World and a bunch of other stuff.

You can see her performing weekly in Los Angeles with Bangarang! and ASSSSCAT, and monthly with Wild Horses, all at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Host Information

With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus

With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus: where the guest is the host. Take a seat with Lauren as she passes off her hosting duties to a new funny friend every week. Lauren is always the guest, as an original character--or one her host holds secret until they've announced her. You never know who will show up. It's the host's show, Lauren's just along for the ride.

Guest Appearances

Wild Horses vs. Big Grande: LIVE at UCBsunset

improv4humans #214November 19, 2015

It's a two-team spectacle as Lauren Lapkus, Erin Whitehead, and Stephanie Allynne of Wild Horses and Dan Lippert, Ryan Rosenberg, Drew Tarver, and Jon Mackey of Big Grande join Matt Besser for a LIVE improv4humans from the UCB’s Sunset theater in Hollywood…


The Beatles of Cults

Comedy Bang Bang #385November 9, 2015

Stand-up comedian extraordinaire John Mulaney is back on this week's Comedy Bang Bang! John and Scott break down the Ebenezer Scrooge costume, reflect on why weird rumors are not circulated about modern celebs, and talk about John's starring role in his new…


Dan Deacon and the Mighty Mighty Bosses

improv4humans #212November 5, 2015

American composer Dan Deacon joins Seth Morris, Lauren Lapkus, and Jon Gabrus for a very special musical edition of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Dan performs songs from his latest album "Gliss Riffer" live in-studio that will inspire scenes about finding a tiny…


Good Night In The Morning

Comedy Bang Bang #377September 21, 2015

A couple of Canucks, Tatiana Maslany and Kristian Bruun give us the 'sclusies on the upcoming fourth season of their hit TV series Orphan Black on this week’s Comedy Bing Bong! They’ll also share the stylish ways they’ve been getting around LA…


Wompler's REAL 17th B-Day Womptacular

Comedy Bang Bang #375September 14, 2015

Finally, the highly anticipated CBB episode you've been waiting for is here! LIVE from the Marina Del Ray American Legion Hall, it's Marissa Wompler's REAL 17th Birthday Womptacular! Joining in the celebration is Scott, Miss Listler, Marissa’s step dad Dr. Seth Wompler,…


Hump The Gun

Sklarbro Country #267September 4, 2015

Randy and Jason explain why the only way to deal with your problems is to punch them in the face, as well as the best ways for a racist to die. Then, Lauren Lapkus joins the show to talk about the joy…


You Got PreDICted!

Comedy Bang Bang #371August 24, 2015

Do you believe in psychic abilities? The Flagen sisters, Juniper, Peony, Hyacinth, and Shrub stop by the studio on their carnival tour to predict Scott’s future as well as the future of Fresno. Have you ever thought what it would be like…


The Marm of Smarm Returns

Comedy Bang Bang #364July 23, 2015

Comedy’s own Michael Ian Black aka The Marm of Smarm returns along with Scott’s nephew Todd on a special B-B-BONUS episode of Comedy Bing Bong! Why is MIB in everything from Smosh: The Movie to Another Period to Wet Hot American Summer:…


Kid Detectives

Comedy Bang Bang #355June 8, 2015

Lauren Lapkus and Thomas Middleditch go way back to their days of performing together in Chicago and now they’re back at it again on a new Comedy Bing Bong! We’ll hear if Lauren will be playing a dinosaur in Jurassic World, the…


Lauren Lapkus

Never Not Funny #1615May 21, 2015

Specializing with Lauren Lapkus.


Wild Horses III: Gossipy Elephants

improv4humans #187May 14, 2015

The Wild Horses cannot be tamed! Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Erin Whitehead are back on improv4humans with Matt Besser! They’ll go on a road trip with an annoying honker, share a romantic handkerchief story reminiscent of Grease, and use…


The 6th Anniversary Show!

6 years ago and no score today a comedy podcast was born. My, oh, my how time has flown by! IT’S BEEN 6 years of Comedy Bang! Bang! The Podcast and old friends and new friends stop by to celebrate. Expect to…


LIVE from SXSW 2015 II

Comedy Bang Bang #340March 19, 2015

This week's B-B-B-ONUS-S-S Comedy Bing! Bong! was recorded LIVE from the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas with Professor Blastoff's own Tig Notaro! Tig shares a story with us that is sure to keep Austin weird and tells us about her…


LIVE from SXSW 2015

Comedy Bang Bang #339March 16, 2015

Comedy Bing! Bong! makes its way back to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas and Scott brings along his nephew Todd to serve as today's co-host! They welcome two of America's finest actors, Colin Hanks & Nick Kroll to the…


Allison Weiss' Secret Sad Dance Party

improv4humans #178March 12, 2015

Singer-songwriter Allison Weiss joins Tim Meadows, Lauren Lapkus, and Eugene Cordero in her secret sad dance party in musical episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Allison plays songs that inspire scenes about how the way people eat is the exact way they…


Be My Guest, Literally!

Comedy Bang Bang #338March 9, 2015

It’s a special co-host edition of Comedy Bing Bong with our favorite German film director Werner Herzog! Werner & Scott welcome guest of honor Michael Ableson, a NYC corporate litigator AND Origin Story documentary donator to tell us all about being the…


Kiss Cup: LIVE from SF Sketchfest

improv4humans #176February 26, 2015

Scott Adsit, Lauren Lapkus, Colton Dunn, and Charlie Sanders receive kisses from the people of San Francisco on this week’s improv4humans with Matt Besser recorded LIVE from SF Sketchfest! They’ll follow some parents who think their baby has abandoned them, create a…


Secret Superlatives

Comedy Bang Bang #331January 26, 2015

Comedian extraordinaire Patton Oswalt is back to tell us all about his new book Silver Screen Fiend which goes into his classic film obsession of the late 90s on today’s Comedy Bing Bong! Patton & Scott talk about the time they improvised…


What's Your Profession?

improv4humans #171January 22, 2015

Lauren Lapkus, Mary Holland, Gil Ozeri, and Will Hines are all participants on Survivor in a special improv5humans with Matt Besser! They’ll also visit an awful joke telling dentist’s office, experience the worst road rage, and explore what happens when a witness…



Lauren Lapkus courageously steps up to the plate at Bro-Bro Studio and answers the tough questions, such as "what movie were you in?" - Emmy winning comedy writer, and long-time friend, Kevin Dorf takes us deep inside the writer's room and everyone…


2014 Holiday Spectacular

Comedy Bang Bang #326December 15, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's the year end holiday episode of Comedy Bean Bag with music from The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and guests galore! Director of the Underworld series, Len Wiseman is back for the CBB festivities that will include…


Golden Duchess Cruise Lines

Comedy Bang Bang #324December 1, 2014

Returning champion Colin Hanks of FX's Fargo is here to talk about his humble beginnings on Comedy Bean Bag! Colin tells us all about one of his first acting roles on Roswell, the status of his Tower Records documentary, and the record…


Lauren Lapkus, Our Close Friend

Hollywood Handbook #55October 21, 2014

Sean and Hayes start the show with a discussion on about the book Freakingnomics and how the concepts translate to the world of moviemaking. Then, LAUREN LAPKUS is in the studio to talk about scary dinosaurs, Jurassic spoilers, Ernest, and the difference between books and movie…


Big Ass Meals

Who Charted? #202October 15, 2014

Actress, comedian, improviser, and the first Whooch guest to be a part of the Jurassic Park franchise, Lauren Lapkus stops by this week’s WHO CHARTED! Lauren, Ku-Ku, & Wie-Wie chat about Ariana Grande, which reality TV show they’d be on, the Top…


Wild Horses Return

improv4humans #155October 9, 2014

Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Erin Whitehead all return as Wild Horses on this week's improv4humans with Matt Besser! Listen as they show us what being apart of their book club would be like, search for the world's fastest toilet…


LIVE from LA Podfest 2014

improv4humans #154October 2, 2014

Ian Roberts, Lauren Lapkus, and Horatio Sanz join Matt Besser for a spectacular improv4humans recorded LIVE from the LA Podfest 2014! Equating sex to chinese food, encountering cocaine users in a bathroom, a live theatre experience complete with real dead bodies, and…


Reality TV

Professor Blastoff #175September 30, 2014

Do you love The Bachelorette? Do you follow all of the Real Housewives? Well, you're in luck - today's topic is the magic that is reality television. Tig, David, and Kyle are joined by the wonderful improviser and human Lauren Lapkus to…


Grounded Me@

Comedy Bang Bang #312September 22, 2014

Fall TV premieres are back baby! Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg returns to Comedy Bean Bag along with Scott’s nephew Todd to talk all things Hollywood, Todd & Scott’s potential sitcom, the new season of B-99, and eating pee popsicles. Then, a…


One Hundred Percent!

Totally Laime #242September 19, 2014

She's the charming and adorable (& confident and 100%%%) Correctional Officer from of one of our favorite shows, Orange Is The New Black, the hilarious LAUREN LAPKUS is back to talk to us about what she had (got?) to do to obtain…


Ruth's Ross Dress For Loss

Comedy Bang Bang #307August 25, 2014

The masters of their craft, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D join the first timers club on this week's Comedy Bing Bong! They talk about their life expectancy, hanging out in the Mr. Show days, and give us a 'sclusy…


LIVE from Just For Laughs and Outside Lands Festival

improv4humans #148August 21, 2014

It's a double header of improv4humans with Matt Besser this week as we travel to Montreal for the Just For Laughs Festival with special guests Zach Woods, Horatio Sanz, Chris Gethard, and John Gemberling! Take a listen as they learn about the…


Marissa Wompler's Six Flags Birthday Womptacular

Comedy Bang Bang #304August 11, 2014

WOMP IT UP! LIVE from high above the Log flume ride in Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, it's Marissa Wompler's Birthday Party Womptacular with Miss Listler, Marissa's step dad Dr. Seth Wompler, Eric "Gutterballs" Gutterman, and possibly old friends, new…


Bonus: Best of Vol. 5: The Nasty Hits

improv4humans #141.5July 8, 2014

All the way from shitting robots to smegma cheese shops and beyond! It's the bonus best of improv4humans with Matt Besser aka the nasty hits featuring Ian Roberts, Lauren Lapkus, Joe Wengert, Tim Meadows, Charlie Sanders, Betsy Sodaro, John Gemberling, Stephanie Allynne,…


Best of improv4humans Vol. 5

improv4humans #141July 3, 2014

That time has come once again humans! The best of improv4humans with Matt Besser volume 5 is here featuring an amazing roster of the greatest improvisers in the universe including Joe Wengert, Sean Clements, Dominic Dierkes, Jason Mantzoukas, Lennon Parham, Jessica St.…


I Turned It On For The Dog Penis

Comedy Bang Bang #295June 19, 2014

The impresarios behind the hit web-series "Next Time on Lonny," Alex Anfanger & Dan Schimpf are here along with today's co-host Traci Rearden on a bonus Comedy Bing Bong! We’ll hear about the new season of Next Time on Lonny, the process…


Hallelujah the Hills

improv4humans #136May 29, 2014

Lauren Lapkus, Mike Still, and Jeff Hiller are here along with special musical guest Hallelujah the Hills for a magical musical episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser! For the first time ever, the entire band Hallelujah the Hills have set themselves up…


Stinky Chips

Comedy Bang Bang #287May 19, 2014

Portland comedian Shane Torres bursts his way into the first timers club on today’s Comedy Bang! Bang! Shane talks about his start in comedy in the land of Portland, his life after his previous appearance on the LIVE from Portland CBB ep,…


The 5th Anniversary Show!

Comedy Bang Bang #283April 28, 2014

IT'S BEEN 5 years of Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast and all your favorites have returned for a bro out sesh! Get ready to experience our unbelievable open door policy as friends of the show Marissa Wompler, Miss Listler, Jason Mantzoukas, and…


Bug Out Bag

improv4humans #127April 3, 2014

Join Gil Ozeri, Lauren Lapkus, Johnny Meeks, and Alex Fernie for this week's episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser. Tune in to hear Lauren Lapkus' cure for cancer, how to make it in Hollywood using the prison system, vagina possums, and how to use…


Reverse April Fools

Comedy Bang Bang #279March 31, 2014

This week's Comedy Bing Buh has Scott & co-host Traci Rearden welcome back Patton Oswalt to answer some burning questions in honor of his new special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time. How many guns should a person own? What exactly is a…


Bonus Cut: Male Mom

improv4humans #120.5February 18, 2014

Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Erin Whitehead aka Wild Horses are back this week to deal with baby leashes and a male mom on a bonus episode of improv4humans with Matt Besser! Make sure to get the UCB Comedy Improv Manual, Matt…


Wild Horses

improv4humans #120February 13, 2014

Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Allynne, Mary Holland, and Erin Whitehead are all friends, make up the improv group Wild Horses, and have been specially requested for your listening pleasure on this week's improv4humans with Matt Besser! Join them as they take us to…



Comedy Bang Bang #265January 16, 2014

Recorded LIVE from the Downtown Independent Theater as part of the RIOT LA festival, it’s a b-b-b-onus episode of Big Bang Theory Comedy! IT’S BEEN quite a while since high school student Traci Rearden has been on the show as she catches…


LIVE from RIOT LA 2014

improv4humans #116January 16, 2014

Lauren Lapkus, Andy Daly, and Seth Morris join Matt Besser to find out what happens a prank phone call goes too far, become a boy band for a blimp captain, and explore why proposing on a ferris wheel could be the worst…


Charlotte's Website

Comedy Bang Bang #259December 2, 2013

It's a Comedy Bing! Bong! for the ages as accomplished actor, comedian, and yes and-er David Alan Grier makes his debut appearance! We also get a blast from the past as the short haired singer Regina Crimp drops by to perform some…


LIVE from LA Podfest

improv4humans #103October 17, 2013

Put on your best sun pants and join Ian Roberts, Lauren Lapkus, and Joe Wengert for a spectacular improv4humans recorded LIVE from the LA Podfest! Infestations of forgotten junk, puppy pools, gifted children, and shitting robots are all covered in an episode…


Todd's Life 2.0

Comedy Bang Bang #248October 10, 2013

It's the meeting of the fake talk show hosts as Eric Andre makes his makes his first appearance on this week's b-b-b-bonus-s-s-s episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! After a chat about cross over episodes, ska, and bass lines, Scott’s missing nephew Todd…


There Is Ninjas

the reality SHOW show #39September 24, 2013

Sean and Hayes bid listeners farewell on the last episode of the Reality show Show. They give us a glimpse into the ugly business of podcasting as they discuss Big Brother, get into the season premiere of Survivor, and wrap up the…


Hands In The Air

improv4humans #94August 15, 2013

Paul Rust, John Gemberling, Lauren Lapkus, and Brandon Johnson are here to give us their take on The Bachelorette, watch a professional ice cream taster at work, and test out the female version of the “popcorn trick” on a special improv5humans! Plus,…


Bonus Cut: Fair Weather Fans

improv4humans #88.5July 9, 2013

Lauren Lapkus, Neil Campbell & Tim Meadows are fair weather fans on this week's bonus improv4humans! Don’t forget to that you can now get Matt Besser’s new comedy album “Woo Pig Sooie: Comedy for Atheists” at and Dragoon’s new album “This Galaxy…


Rubber Band Stand

improv4humans #88July 4, 2013

Celebrate Christmas in July with Tim Meadows, Neil Campbell, and Lauren Lapkus! Listen as they figure out who gets to go on a secret mission to Mars, feel uncomfortable with Jesus doing funny voices, and answer life changing questions as part of…


Bonus Cut: Getting Gronk

improv4humans #79.5May 7, 2013

Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, and Lauren Lapkus join Matt Besser for a bonus improvised scene inspired by the drunk shenanigans of professional athletes. Pick up Matt Besser’s new comedy album “Woo Pig Sooie: Comedy for Atheists” at and Dragoon’s new album…


The 4th Anniversary Extravaganza!

Join us as we celebrate the Four Year Anniversary of Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast! Acclaimed director David Wain returns with co-host Traci Rearden to experience the high capacity of our open door policy as a furious Marissa Wompler & a disinterested…


Psychedelic Sign Twirling

improv4humans #79May 2, 2013

Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, and Lauren Lapkus joined Matt Besser for another amazing livestreamed episode of improv4humans! Listen as they hear from some humans to inspire scenes that involve recording a dating service video, awful smelling library books, and drug tests. Check…


A Spiritual Journey

Comedy Bang Bang #210March 25, 2013

Be brave as you join The OC’s Adam Brody and today’s co-host/high school junior Traci Rearden as they go on a spiritual journey to the far off land of Comedy Bang Bang! They’ll talk about piercings, surfing, and what their 50 year…


Let's All Pee!

Totally Laime #160February 22, 2013

You know this bubbly gem from Are You There, Chelsea and the LA improv scene, LAUREN LAPKUS came by and we talked travel nightmares, bathroom scenarios, and why one should NEVER body pack drugs. Enjoy!


Philip Traumatic Seymour Disorder

Comedy Bang Bang #202February 21, 2013

Oscar season is upon us so who better to join us than Oscar-nominated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and fan favorite Nick Thune on this week’s bonus episode of Comedy Bang Bang! Philip gives us a preview of his upcoming Orson Welles project…


Bonus Cut: Leave Tebow Alone: Besser's New Year's Resolution

improv4humans #62.5January 15, 2013

Matt Walsh, Jon Gabrus, and Lauren Lapkus are apart of a Tim Tebow edition of Case Closed on today’s bonus cut of improv4humans. They get into a discussion about ass kissing on Twitter, talk with a Tebow fan about Besser’s tweet toward…


Presidential Marriage Proposal

improv4humans #62January 10, 2013

Wedding bells are in the air as humans Matt Walsh, Jon Gabrus, and Lauren Lapkus join Matt Besser to share their stories of marriage proposals on today’s improv4humans! Listen as they create improvised scenes about the worst marriage proposal, secret drinking songs,…


Pussy Snacks

improv4humans #55November 22, 2012

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with a helping of improv from Matt Walsh, Lauren Lapkus, and Sean Conroy! They join Matt Besser to light shit on fire, get fined in smiles, and enjoy some pussy snacks. Be sure to pick up an improv4humans shirt…


Repeat Your Keyword

Comedy Bang Bang #182October 24, 2012

It’s more Bang Bang for your buck buck on today’s special Wednesday episode of Comedy Bang Bang! Friend of the show and star of the upcoming film The Comedy, Tim Heidecker returns to tell us about the failed pilot of his popular…


Friends Without Words

Comedy Bang Bang #180October 15, 2012

Community’s Gillian Jacobs returns to bury the hatchet with Scott on today’s Comedy Bang Bang! Gillian brings awareness to the fact that the Zynga corporation is out to get her and wedding bells are heard when she falls for co-host Garry Marshall.…


Bonus Cut: Bump It

improv4humans #44.5September 18, 2012

It’s time to get warmed up for this week’s bonus episode of improv4humans! Our guests Lauren Lapkus, Dave Theune, and Eugene Cordero go to work with a scene inspired by a story about a rival town.


Straight Holes

improv4humans #44September 13, 2012

You’ll want to give someone a Christian Hug after listening to this week’s improv4humans! Lauren Lapkus, Dave Theune, and Eugene Cordero join Matt Besser to make purple with a special Lauren Lapkus Birthday episode filled with scenes about tripping on mushrooms, the…


Darker Than Nougat

improv4humans #20March 29, 2012

Today's improv4humans will be with you for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health, even if you have your genitals ripped off, and even if you have your eyes replaced with baby eyes. Isn't that what love really is? Our…

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