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Jason Mantzoukas (/mænˈzkəs/; born December 18, 1972) is an American comedic actor best known for his recurring roles as Rafi in the FX comedy series The League and Nuclear Nadal in The Dictator. Mantzoukas has also appeared in the films Sleeping with Other People, They Came Together, and Conception. He has had recurring roles on the three TV shows created by Michael Schur: Parks and Recreation as Dennis Feinstein; Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Adrian Pimento; and The Good Place as Derek Hoffstetler. He also co-hosts the popular film discussion podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael.

Jason Mantzoukas
Jason Mantzoukas performing at UCB.jpg
Mantzoukas in 2013
Born (1972-12-18) December 18, 1972 (age 46)
Other namesZouks[1], Hey Nongman[2]
Alma materMiddlebury College
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1998–present

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Early life and educationEdit

Mantzoukas was born in Nahant, Massachusetts, the son of Cynthia (née Mourousas) and William Mantzoukas.[3] He describes his ancestry as "100 percent Greek."[4][5] Mantzoukas was an accomplished drummer during his time at Swampscott High School, anchoring a band named Slygoul. He attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.[6]

Mantzoukas began performing improvisational comedy while attending Middlebury College as a part of the Otter Nonsense Players. After college, Mantzoukas studied music and lived abroad for several years on a Watson Fellowship, traveling to North Africa and the Middle East.[4][7]

CareerEdit

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.[8] Mantzoukas continues to perform and teach at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles.

Mantzoukas has appeared in movies such as Baby Mama, 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, Modern Family, The Good Place, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He currently co-hosts the Earwolf podcast How Did This Get Made? 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.[9] Mantzoukas appeared 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.[10]

Since 2018, he has replaced T.J. Miller as the voice of Mr. Mucus for the Mucinex commercials.[11] In 2019, he played Tick Tock Man in the action thriller film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Mantzoukas has a life-threatening egg allergy.[13] While on the set of The League in Las Vegas, he had to be taken to the hospital on a stretcher because of hitherto-undisclosed egg whites in a parfait he ate.[13]

He was previously in a relationship with actress, Connie Britton.[14][15]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Terrorists John Stevens
2007 American Loser Luggage Channel Guy
2008 Baby Mama Gay Couple
2009 I Hate Valentine's Day Brian Blowdell
Splinterheads The Amazing Steve
2010 Please Give Shopper
2011 Conception Brian
2012 The Dictator Nadal
2014 Ride Along N/A Writer
They Came Together Bob
Neighbors Doctor Theodorakis
Adult Beginners Herman
Stretch Manny the Valet
Search Party The Amazing Hugo
2015 Sleeping with Other People Xander
Regular Show: The Movie Mr. Ross (voice)
The Night Before Bad Santa #1
2016 Dirty Grandpa Tan Pam
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Homeless Man
How to Be Single George
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Scarecrow (voice)
The Disaster Artist Peter Anway
The House Frank Theodorakis
2018 The Long Dumb Road Richard
Ralph Breaks the Internet Hey Nongman (voice)
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Tick Tock Man
2021 John Wick:

Chapter 4

Tick Tock Man

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Orgy Man Episode: "Sex"
2007 Human Giant Human Giant's #1 Fan Episode: "24 Hour Marathon"
2008 Squidbillies Pine Booby (voice) Episode: "Flight of the Deep Fried Pine Booby"
2010–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Various voices 3 episodes
2010–2015 The League Rafi 30 episodes; also writer
2010 Lee Mathers Victor Dekmajian Television film
2011 Childrens Hospital Mole Man Episode: "Newsreaders"
Also writer and consulting producer
Traffic Light Dimitry Episode: "En Fuego"
2011–2013 Enlightened Omar Ali 8 episodes
2011–2015 Parks and Recreation Dennis Feinstein 4 episodes
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Hank Schiller Episode: "Comic-Con-Flict"
2013 Bob's Burgers Mr. Manoogian (voice) Episode: "The Unnatural"
The Greatest Event in Television History Director Episode: "Too Close for Comfort"
Hole to Hole! Ashleigh Dangerhole Television film
Modern Family Kenny Episode: "Party Crasher"
2013–2015 Kroll Show Various 9 episodes
2013–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself / Chef Luigi Lugosi 4 episodes
2014 Broad City Creepy DJ #2 Episode: "Fattest Asses"
Playing House C.J. Wolfe Episode: "Drumline"
Review Crazed Driver Episode: "Road Rage; Orgy"
2014–2017 Transparent Dr. Steve 5 episodes
2014–2018 Drunk History Various 3 episodes
2015 Community Matt Lundergard Episode: "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing"
Regular Show Various voices 3 episodes
2016 Animals. Fink (voice) Episode: "Rats."
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Robert Castellanos Episode: "Spring"
Mr. Neighbor's House N/A Executive producer, creator, writer
2016–2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Jerry 2 episodes
Lady Dynamite Karl Grisham 2 episodes
We Bare Bears Scientist (voice) 2 episodes
2016–2018 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Adrian Pimento 9 episodes
2016–2019 American Dad! Various voices 2 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Dragos (voice) 6 episodes
HarmonQuest Grabble Gribble Episode 17 "The City of Forlona"
Workaholics Isaac Lubetkin Episode: "Party Gawds"
2017–2018 No Activity Marco 12 episodes
2017–2019 I'm Sorry Kyle 6 episodes
The Good Place Derek Hoffstetler 5 episodes
2017–present Big Mouth Jay Bilzerian / various voices 21 episodes
2018 Mr. Neighbor's House 2 N/A Executive producer, creator, writer
Nailed It! Himself Episode: "3...2...1, Ya Done!"
2019 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Carl Sando (voice) Episode: "The Evil League of Mutants"
Close Enough Alex (voice)
2020 Invincible TBA 8 episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Mantzoukas on 'Reply All'". Vulture. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ Eakin, Marah. "Hey Nongman, there's a Comedy Bang! Bang! joke in Ralph Breaks The Internet". The AV Club. Onion, Inc.
  3. ^ "Jason Mantzoukas Biography". TV Guide.
  4. ^ a b Rottenberg, Jason (May 18, 2012). "The Dictator's Jason Mantzoukas". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Jones, Patty (May 9, 2012). "The Dictator wields a comic arsenal". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Arts | Middlebury". Middlebury College. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  7. ^ Goldstein, Ian (June 28, 2017). "Improvising Through Life with Jason Mantzoukas". Vulture. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Shashoua, Michael. "The Jester Interview: Jason Mantzoukas". The Jester Journal.
  9. ^ "The Mantzoukas Brothers". BestNewYorkComedy.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  10. ^ "Jason Mantzoukas". SF Sketchfest. 2012. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014.
  11. ^ Desta, Yohana (February 7, 2018). "T.J. Miller Is Too Problematic to Play Talking Mucus in a Commercial". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Anita Busch (May 21, 2018). "Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Returning Cast For 'John Wick". Deadline. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Metz, Nina (November 13, 2018). "My Worst Moment: Jason Mantzoukas and the dangerous granola". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  14. ^ Dougherty, Margot (September 15, 2009). "Connie Britton: What 40 Feels Like". Red Book Magazine. I have a great man in my life — he's a comedy writer [Jason Mantzoukas], but I probably shouldn't say much more than that! — but that's awesome. And that happened after I turned 40.
  15. ^ Petersen, Anne Helen (November 9, 2014). "The Cult of Connie Britton". Buzzfeed. ...Britton’s been linked with comedian, Jason Mantzoukas...

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