Ike Barinholtz

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Ike Barinholtz
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Barinholtz in 2018
Isaac Barinholtz

(1977-02-18) February 18, 1977 (age 45)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • director
  • producer
Years active2001–present
Erica Hanson
(m. 2009)
RelativesJon Barinholtz (brother)

Isaac Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. He is best known for his starring roles in the comedy series MADtv (2002–2007), Eastbound & Down (2012), The Mindy Project (2012–2017), Bless the Harts (2019–2021) and The Afterparty (2022).

Barinholtz also appeared in films, such as Disaster Movie (2008), Neighbors (2014), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Snatched (2017), Blockers (2018), Late Night (2019), and The Hunt (2020). He co-wrote the action comedy film Central Intelligence (2016), and directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the comedy film The Oath (2018).

Early life, family and education[edit]

Barinholtz was born in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in its Lakeview neighborhood,[1] the son of Peggy and Alan Barinholtz, an attorney. His brother Jon is also an actor, playing the recurring character Marcus on Superstore, and acted together with his brother in The Mindy Project.[2] Barinholtz has described his parents as "liberal people with great senses of humor," and has said that he was raised in a "very funny home."[3] Barinholtz is Jewish.[4]

He attended Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, then The Latin School of Chicago for high school.

He worked at a telemarketing company and as a busboy before starting a career in comedy.[5]

Barinholtz attended Boston University. After dropping out of college, he worked for the Chicago Transit Authority before starting his comedy career.[1] In a 2013 interview, he said he dropped out of school because he hated it and was doing poorly.[5]

In a 2012 phone interview, Barinholtz said he was inspired to pursue a career in comedy after attending a comedy show at The Vic Theatre.[1] Thereafter, he took comedy classes at The Second City, ImprovOlympic and Annoyance Theatre.[5] He had planned on becoming a politician[3] but decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to be an actor instead.


Barinholtz spent two years in Amsterdam with the famed comedy troupe Boom Chicago, along with Jordan Peele, Josh Meyers and Nicole Parker. Barinholtz hosted the 'Worst of Boom Night' during a 10-year anniversary of the improv troupe Boom Chicago, where they performed their worst material from previous shows.

He has appeared in the films The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend (2005), Love, Fear and Rabbits (2005) and Down (2001). Barinholtz currently lives in Los Angeles. Barinholtz is a founding member of The Lindbergh Babies, an improv group directed by Del Close, who worked with John Belushi, Bill Murray, Mike Myers and Chris Farley.

In 2012, Barinholtz joined the cast of the third season of the HBO series Eastbound & Down, playing the role of Ivan Dochenko, Kenny Powers' Russian rival.

He starred alongside Seth Rogen in the 2014 comedy Neighbors, as well as its 2016 sequel. Also in 2016, Barinholtz played prison guard Griggs in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad.

Barinholtz appeared in a regular role as nurse Morgan Tookers on the comedy series The Mindy Project. He was also a writer and story editor on the series. He also has a role in Friends from College, a Netflix original.

In 2022, Barinholtz was in the main cast of the Apple TV+ mystery comedy series The Afterparty.


Barinholtz officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2002 as a featured performer for the eighth season. He was later promoted to a repertory performer status the following season. Barinholtz would often pair up with fellow cast member Josh Meyers in various sketches for the eighth and ninth seasons similar to the Mike Myers/Dana Carvey and Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sanz duos on Saturday Night Live. Barinholtz also paired up with fellow cast member Bobby Lee in some of his sketches in the later seasons. Some of his famous characters included Abercrombie & Fitch model Dutch and Principal Lankenstein from the Coach Hines sketches.

Barinholtz performs celebrity impressions, including Alex Trebek, Andy Dick, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ashton Kutcher, Bo Bice, Dane Cook, Felicity Huffman, Fidel Castro, Howard Dean, Howie Long, Kevin Federline, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Nick Lachey, Nick Nolte, Pat Sajak, and Ralph Nader.

In 2007, he decided not to renew his contract for the 13th season of MADtv. His contract, like most other MADtv cast members, was for five seasons which was up for renewal at the conclusion of the show's 12th season. Barinholtz has commented that he started getting "restless" and did not see eye to eye with some of the MADtv bosses about how decisions were being made.[5]

In 2009, he performed at the Chicago Improv Festival alongside former MADtv cast member Jordan Peele.[6] In 2012, Barinholtz performed at another Chicago Improv Festival event with his brother, Jon.[7]

He has frequently worked with comedian Dave Stassen, with whom he also went to high school.[1] They co-wrote a SPIKE pilot in which Barinholtz also starred, Mega Winner,[8] and the 2016 film Central Intelligence.[9]


Character Sketch Notes
Adam Bice QVC: Quacker Factory
Eli The B.S.
Duncan Kruskal The Silver Fox
Dutch Abercrombie & Fitch
Jeffrey "Jeff" DeShazer Coach Hines
Marty Knobs
Mitchel "Mitch" Ruffin
Principal Lankenstein Coach Hines He is the principal of St. Francis High and Coach Hines' nemesis.
Roy Schenk Feuding Parents
Steven "Steve" Wellington

The Mindy Project[edit]

In 2012, Barinholtz began working as a writer on The Mindy Project and was cast as Nurse Morgan Tookers.

Personal life[edit]

Barinholtz is married to Erica Hanson, an accountant,[10] with whom he has three daughters. His younger brother Jon Barinholtz played a recurring character in the NBC comedy Superstore.[11]

Barinholtz was shooting his film The Pact when he suffered an accident during a fall stunt. The accident left him with two fractured cervical vertebrae in his neck.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Down Assistant Milligan
2006 The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend Bar Jerk Short film
2007 Bunny Whipped Joe
Twisted Fortune Dave Armstrong
2008 Meet the Spartans Various
Disaster Movie Various
2009 Shrink Steve Uncredited
Lock and Roll Forever Lomax
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman David
Vampires Suck Bobby White Uncredited
For Christ's Sake Buster Chery
2013 The Sidekick Lightning Mike Short film
Inventing Adam Telly
2014 Neighbors Jimmy Blevins
2015 Sisters James
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Jimmy Blevins
The Angry Birds Movie Tiny Voice only
Central Intelligence None Writer only
Suicide Squad[13] Griggs
Storks Miscellaneous Stork Voice only
2017 Snatched Jeffrey Middleton
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Angelo Lano
The Disaster Artist Himself Cameo
Bright Pollard
2018 Blockers Hunter Lockwood
Song of Back and Neck Nurse
The Oath Chris Montana Also writer/producer/director
2019 Late Night Daniel Tennant
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Lex Luthor Voice only
2020 The Hunt Moses / Staten Island
2021 Moxie Mr. Davies
2022 The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Martin Etten
TBA Maximum Truth


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2007, 2016 MADtv Various characters 116 episodes
2005 E! Hollywood Hold'em Himself Episode: "Laura Prepon"
2008 Family Guy Dane Cook (voice) Episode: "I Dream of Jesus"
2008–2009 Rita Rocks Fly 6 episodes
2010 Weeds Daryl Episode: "Fran Tarkenton"
2010–2015 The League Frank "The Body" Gibiatti 4 episodes
2011 Childrens Hospital Peter Principato Episode: "Newsreaders"
2012 Eastbound & Down Ivan Dochenko 6 episodes
NTSF:SD:SUV Maitre'D Episode: "Sabbath-tage"
Megawinner Cliff Planker Television film; also writer and executive producer
2012–2017 The Mindy Project Morgan Tookers 115 episodes; also writer and executive story editor
2013 Drunk History August Spies Episode: "Chicago"
High School USA! Cyber Bully (voice) Episode: "Bullies"
The Soup Himself Episode dated October 23
The Pete Holmes Show Episode: "Ike Barinholtz"
2013–2015 The Awesomes Muscleman (voice) 30 episodes
2014 Kroll Show Zach Sword Episode: "Oh Armond"
Chozen Hunter (voice) 4 episodes
Married Bruce Episode: "The Old Date"
Garfunkel and Oates First Door on the Right Director Episode: "Hair Swap"
@midnight Himself Episode dated January 8
American Dad! DJ Iron Monkey (voice) Episode: "Blonde Ambition"
2016 Animals. Alan (voice) Episode: "Pigeons."
2017 Friends from College Degrasso 2 episodes
Neo Yokio Jeffrey (voice) Episode: "Hamptons Water Magic"
2019 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Gintars Irbe Episode: "Gintars"
The Twilight Zone Mike Episode: "Not All Men"
What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage Himself Episode: "Elevator"
Live in Front of a Studio Audience Michael Stivic Episode: "Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons"
2019–21 Bless the Harts Wayne Edwards (voice) 34 episodes
2020 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Himself Episode: "In The Hot Seat: Anthony Anderson, Ike Baronholtz And Hannibal Buress"
Mapleworth Murders Richard Belt 3 episodes
2021 Chicago Party Aunt Mark (voice) 8 episodes; also executive producer
2022 The Afterparty Brett 7 episodes[14]
2022 American Auto Landon Payne Episode: "Charity Dinner"
TBA The White House Plumbers Jeb Magruder Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare A.J.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Writers Guild of America Award New Series Shared with Jeremy Bronson, Linwood Boomer, Adam Countee, Harper Dill, Mindy Kaling, Chris McKenna, B. J. Novak, David Stassen, and Matt Warburton The Mindy Project Nominated


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  9. ^ Lussier, Germain (2010-02-25). "GALAXY QUEST Director Dean Parisot to Helm Helms Comedy CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE". collider.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
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  12. ^ "'Mindy Project' Star Ike Barinholtz Recovering From Broken Neck After Movie Stunt Accident". Variety. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  13. ^ "Suicide Squad Photo of Cast Table Reading". Variety. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (November 11, 2020). "Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao Among 9 Cast In Apple's 'The Afterparty'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 11, 2020.

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