D'Arcy Carden
Carden in July 2018
Darcy Beth Erokan

(1980-01-04) January 4, 1980 (age 44)
Years active2009–present
Jason Carden
(m. 2010)

D'Arcy Beth Carden (born Darcy Beth Erokan; January 4, 1980) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for portraying Janet in the NBC sitcom The Good Place (2016–2020), for which she earned a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and Greta Gill in the Prime series A League of Their Own (2022). She also played Gemma in Broad City (2014–2019) and Natalie Greer in the HBO dark comedy series Barry (2018–2023).

Carden began her career performing improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She went on to make appearances in several television series, including Inside Amy Schumer (2015), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2016), and Veep (2017). She has also acted in films such as Other People (2016), Let It Snow (2019), and Bombshell (2019). She made her Broadway debut in The Thanksgiving Play (2023).

Early life

Carden was born Darcy Beth Erokan in Danville, California,[1] on January 4, 1980,[2][3][4] the daughter of an American mother and Turkish father. Her father, Dennis Erokan, left Istanbul for California with his family when he was a child.[5] He acted in local community theater productions, and later founded the music magazine BAM and its computer-focused spinoff MicroTimes.[1][6] Carden has two sisters named Miranda and Laney and one brother named Will.[1] Inspired by The Smashing Pumpkins' bassist D'arcy Wretzky, she added an apostrophe to the spelling of her name when she was in junior high.[7][8] She graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 1998, and later received a BFA in Theater from Southern Oregon University.[6]


After graduating from college, Carden moved to New York City.[6][9] She joined musical comedy company Venus Rising and appeared in Seven Hearts (2001), a musical about friends living in San Francisco.[10] The following year, she directed, produced, and starred in a holiday show in which the main character is upset that her family is obsessed with her selfish sister's wedding rather than keeping up their Christmas spirit.[11] Early on while pursuing her acting career, Carden also worked as a nanny for Bill Hader.[12][13]

A friend invited Carden to an improvisational sketch comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB),[6][14] which she enjoyed the show so much that she signed on for classes and kept progressing with the group.[14] She started with UCB in 2004 and later toured with the UCB Touring company.[15] By 2010, she was using her married surname Carden professionally when she was a cast member for The Ride, an interactive show performed on New York City tour buses.[16] In 2013, Carden co-created and co-starred in Terrible Babysitters, a Web original about two parents who want to find a babysitter.[17][18]

Carden had a recurring role as Gemma in the Comedy Central comedy series Broad City (2014–2019),[14] a series created by fellow UCB alumnae Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.[9] Carden also appeared in guest roles in the comedy series Inside Amy Schumer (2015), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2016), and Veep (2017).[6] Following small roles in the parody film iSteve (2013) and the romantic comedy The To Do List (2013), she appeared as Jessica in the acclaimed comedy-drama film Other People (2016).[9]

In 2016, Carden began starring as live virtual assistant Janet in the NBC comedy series The Good Place,[14][19][20][21] which also stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.[6] For her performance in the series, she received critical acclaim and earned nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Since 2018, Carden has had a recurring role as Natalie Greer in the HBO dark comedy-crime series Barry, starring Hader.[13][22] Along with her fellow cast members, she was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2018 and 2019.[23][24]

In 2019, she appeared in the dark comedy film Greener Grass, the romantic comedy film Let It Snow, and the drama film Bombshell. She also appeared in the Netflix comedy series Bonding and the Adult Swim animated comedy series Robot Chicken.

In 2020, Carden had a recurring role on the Quibi mystery-comedy series Mapleworth Murders.[25]

Carden made her Broadway debut on April 20, 2023, as Alicia in The Thanksgiving Play, written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Rachel Chavkin.[26]

In 2024, SmartLess Media debuted WikiHole, a podcast fronted by Carden and featuring "a panel of comedians who fall down a Wikipedia rabbit hole of bizarre and intriguing connections."[27]

Personal life

Carden met producer Jason Carden on a trip to Disneyland with mutual friends,[28] and they were married on July 31, 2010.[29] In 2013, they moved from New York City to Los Angeles.[29][30]

Before finding success in the entertainment industry, Carden worked as a full-time nanny for her future Barry co-star Bill Hader and his then-wife Maggie Carey; she maintains a close relationship with their three daughters.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Pet-O-Rama D'Arcy Short film
2011 Bachelorette Ashley Is Single Again Ashley
2011 Mob Wives Karen Gravano
2012 Mob Wives 2: The Christening
2013 iSteve News Anchor
2013 The To Do List Movie Patron
2013 Anna Kendrick Goes K-Pop with F(x) Jill Tigerman Short film
2014 I Know You Think I Farted Linda
2014 We Make That Lemonade Mom with Stroller
2015 Unengaged Liz
2016 Other People Jessica
2018 Papi Chulo Susan
2019 Greener Grass Miss Human
2019 Let It Snow Kira
2019 Bombshell Rebekah
2021 Ride the Eagle Audrey Also producer
2022 The People We Hate at the Wedding Martha
2022 Shotgun Wedding Harriet
2022 Wes Is Dying Chelsea Also executive producer
2023 Dicks: The Musical Neighbor
2024 The Gutter Skunk
TBA Turn Me On Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Homeschooled Betty Television film
2009–2013 UCB Comedy Originals Herself 20 episodes
2009–2011 Rhonda Casting Rhonda Basmati Lead role; 6 episodes
2010 Naked in a Fishbowl Lucy 3 episodes
2011 Diamonds Wow! Unknown Episode: "Oprahgeddon"
2011–2012 Jest Originals Various roles 4 episodes
2013 Inside Amy Schumer Emily Episode: "Meth Lab"
2013–2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Barbara Fleen / Assistant 3 episodes
2014–2019 Broad City Gemma 5 episodes
2015 Adam Ruins Everything Future Wife Episode: "Adam Ruins Giving"
2016 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Eyebrows Girl Episode: "I'm Going to the Beach with Josh and His Friends!"
2016–2020 The Good Place Janet Main role; 53 episodes
2017 Veep Congresswoman Episode: "Blurb"
2018–2023 Barry Natalie Greer 20 episodes
2018 An Emmy for Megan D'Arcy Carden Episode: "Finale"
2018–2022 American Dad! Sophia / various (voice) 5 episodes
2019 Bonding Daphne 3 episodes
2019 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Homeowner Episode: "Mobile Homes"
2019 Human Discoveries Leader Elk (voice) Episode: "And Then They Played a Game"
2019 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Bugs Keith in: I Can't Call Heaven, Doug"
2019–2020 The Rocketeer Polly Poly / AVA (voice) 4 episodes
2020 Single Parents Kay Episode: "Yarn and Pebbles"
2020 Mapleworth Murders Server 2 episodes
2020 Archer Hands (voice) Episode: "Helping Hands"
2021 No Activity Erika (voice) Episode: "Brother Eduardo"
2021 Creepshow Renee Sherman Episode: "Night of the Living Late Show"
2021 Poorly Drawn Lines Tanya (voice) 10 episodes
2021–2023 DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms Linda (voice) 13 episodes
2022 The Ghost and Molly McGee Pango (voice) Episode: “Scare Tactics/The Bad Boy Bobby Daniels”
2022 Killing It Sloane Faulkner Episode: “The Task Rabbit”
2022 A League of Their Own Greta Gill Main role; 8 episodes
2022 The Great American Baking Show: Celebrity Holiday Herself Holiday special
2023 History of the World, Part II Turkish Ambassador Episode: "VII"
2023 The $100,000 Pyramid Self - Celebrity Player Episode: "Deon Cole vs D'Arcy Carden and Ken Jennings vs Mario Cantone"
2023 Strange Planet Air Comfort Hero / Newsbeing #2 (voice) Episode: "The Flying Machine"
2023 Krapopolis Camille the Hydra (voice) Episode: "Tyrdra"
TBA Rhona Who Lives by the River Kayleigh (voice) Upcoming series

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Good Mythical Morning Herself 1 episode
2014–2016 CollegeHumor Originals Mom 3 episodes
2016 CollegeHumor - If Google was a Guy (5) Denier


Year Title Role Playwright Venue Ref.
2023 The Thanksgiving Play Alicia Larissa FastHorse Hayes Theater [32][33]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Barry Nominated [23]
2020 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominated [34]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Good Place Nominated [35]
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [36]
2022 Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy Barry Nominated [37]
2023 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Award The Thanksgiving Play Nominated [38]
Theatre World Awards Outstanding Debut Performance in a Broadway or Off-Broadway Production Won [39]


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