Jason Mantzoukas

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Jason Mantzoukas
Jason Mantzoukas performing at UCB.jpg
Mantzoukas performing at "Shut Up I Hate You" at UCB in Los Angeles, January 20, 2013
Born (1972-12-18) December 18, 1972 (age 41)
Nahant, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1998–present

Jason Mantzoukas (born December 18, 1972)[1] is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his recurring role as Rafi in the FX comedy series The League and co-starring alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.

Mantzoukas also co-hosts the popular movie discussion podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael.

Personal life[edit]

Mantzoukas was born in Nahant, Massachusetts. He was an accomplished drummer in high school, anchoring a band named Slygoul. He is of Greek descent.[2] During his May 2012 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mantzoukas revealed that he is severely allergic to eggs. He states during every episode of the podcast How Did This Get Made? that he does not have a Twitter account. Mantzoukas is known to frequently wear a white Oxford shirt and blue jeans.[3]

Career[edit]

He began performing improvisational comedy while attending Middlebury College in Vermont as a part of the Otter Nonsense Players. After college, Mantzoukas studied music and lived abroad for several years, traveling to North Africa and the Middle East. After moving to New York in 1998, he began performing comedy regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT) where he was a member of the improv team "Mother", one of the UCBT's earliest house teams. He continues to perform in the weekly show "Soundtrack", an improvised show based on iPod playlists from audience members.[4] Mantzoukas continues to perform and teach at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. Mantzoukas has appeared in movies such as Baby Mama and I Hate Valentine's Day and The Dictator and has made guest appearances in comedy programs such as The Life & Times of Tim, Parks and Recreation, Enlightened, Broad City, Kroll Show, and Modern Family. He currently co-hosts the Earwolf podcast How Did This Get Made? along with Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael. Although he is often cast as characters of Middle Eastern ethnicity, Mantzoukas is of Greek descent.[5] Mantzoukas and comedian Ed Herbstman performed as comedy duo "The Mantzoukas Brothers" for a number of years, and they were named "Best Improv Duo" by Time Out New York magazine in 2006.[6]

Mantzoukas appears in the recurring roles of Rafi on the FX comedy The League and Eagle Wing in the "Gigolo House" sketches on Comedy Central's sketch series Kroll Show.

Mantzoukas co-wrote the screenplay for the 2014 Ice Cube and Kevin Hart comedy Ride Along. He has also served as a consulting writer and producer on comedy programs such as Childrens Hospital and Portlandia.

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Various voices Recurring
2010–present The League Rafi Recurring
2011 Childrens Hospital Mole Man 1 episode
2011–2013 Parks and Recreation Dennis Feinstein Recurring
2011–2013 Enlightened Omar Ali Recurring
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Hank Schiller 1 episode
2013–present Kroll Show Various characters Recurring
2013 Modern Family Kenny 1 episode
2013 Bob's Burgers Mr. Manoogian 1 episode
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Chef Luigi Lugosi 1 episode
2014 Broad City Creepy DJ #2 1 episode
2014 Review Crazed Driver 1 episode
2014 Playing House C.J. Wolfe 1 episode

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Obtaining Birthdays in One Step". Stevemorse.org. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  2. ^ Jones, Patty (2012-05-09). "The Dictator wields a comic arsenal | Georgia Straight". Straight.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Jason Mantzoukas Fashion". Mantzoukaswhiteshirtjeans.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  4. ^ Shashoua, Michael. "Jestor http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1090565376/nm1727621journal". The Jester Interview: Jason Mantzoukas. 
  5. ^ Jones, Patty (2012-05-10). "The Dictator wields a comic arsenal | Vancouver, Canada". Straight.com. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 
  6. ^ "The Mantzoukas Brothers". Best New York Comedy. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  7. ^ http://sfsketchfest.com/x/performers/jason-mantzoukas/

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