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Jason Mantzoukas (/mænˈzkəs/; born December 18, 1972) is an American comedic actor best known for his recurring role as Rafi in the FX comedy series The League and as Nadal in The Dictator.

Jason Mantzoukas
Jason Mantzoukas performing at UCB.jpg
Mantzoukas in January 2013
Born (1972-12-18) December 18, 1972 (age 44)
Nahant, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1998–present

Mantzoukas has appeared in such films as Sleeping with Other People, They Came Together, and Conception. He had a recurring role on Parks and Recreation as Dennis Feinstein, and has appeared on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Adrian Pimento. He also co-hosts the popular film discussion podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael.

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Early lifeEdit

Mantzoukas was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Cynthia and William Mantzoukas.[1] He has described himself as being of "100 percent Greek" descent.[2][3] Mantzoukas was an accomplished drummer in high school, anchoring a band named Slygoul. He attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.[4] Mantzoukas lived in the Middle East for a few years after graduation, studying musicology as a Watson Fellow.[2][5]

CareerEdit

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, 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.[6] 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, 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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
2009 Splinterheads The Amazing Steve
2010 Please Give Shopper
2011 Conception Brian
2012 The Dictator "Nuclear" Nadal
2014 Ride Along N/A Writer
2014 They Came Together Bob
2014 Neighbors Doctor Theodorakis
2014 Adult Beginners Herman
2014 Stretch Manny the Valet
2014 Search Party The Amazing Hugo
2015 Sleeping with Other People Xander
2015 Regular Show: The Movie Mr. Ross (voice)
2015 The Night Before Bad Santa #1
2016 Dirty Grandpa Tan Pam
2016 Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Homeless Man
2016 How to Be Single George
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow (voice)
2017 The Disaster Artist Peter Anway
2017 The House Frank Theodorakis
2018 The Long Dumb Road Post-production

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 (voice) 3 episodes
2010–2015 The League Rafi 30 episodes; also writer
2010 Lee Mathers Victor Dekmajian Television film
2011 Traffic Light Dimitry Episode: "En Fuego"
2011 Childrens Hospital Mole Man Episode: "Newsreaders"
also writer and consulting producer
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 Modern Family Kenny Episode: "Party Crasher"
2013 Bob's Burgers Mr. Manoogian (voice) Episode: "The Unnatural"
2013 The Greatest Event in Television History Director Episode: "Too Close for Comfort"
2013 The Jeselnik Offensive Himself Episode 1.8
2013 Hole to Hole! Ashleigh Dangerhole Television film
2013–2015 Kroll Show Various 9 episodes
2013–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Chef Luigi Lugosi 4 episodes
2014 Broad City Creepy DJ #2 Episode: "Fattest Asses"
2014 Review Crazed Driver Episode: "Road Rage; Orgy"
2014 Playing House C.J. Wolfe Episode: "Drumline"
2014–2017 Transparent Dr. Steve 5 episodes
2014–2015 Drunk History Eddie Aikau / Popé 2 episodes
2015 Regular Show Sad Sax Guy / Scabby Grossman (voice) 3 episodes
2015 Community Matt Lundergard Episode: "Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing"
2016 Animals. Fink (voice) Episode: "Rats."
2016–2017 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Adrian Pimento Recurring role; 8 episodes
2016 American Dad! Theodore / Cuban Soldier in Dream (voice) Episode: "N.S.A. (No Snoops Allowed)"
2016–2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Jerry 2 episodes
2016–2017 Lady Dynamite Karl Grisham 2 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Robert Castellanos Episode: "Spring"
2016–2017 We Bare Bears Scientist (voice) 2 episodes
2016 Mr. Neighbor's House N/A Executive producer, creator, writer
2017 Workaholics Isaac Lubetkin Episode: "Party Gawds"
2017 I'm Sorry Kyle 5 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Dragos (voice) 6 episodes
2017–present Big Mouth Jay Bilzerian / various voices 10 episodes
2017 The Good Place Derek Hoffstetler 2 episodes

PodcastsEdit

Year Name Role Notes
2010–present How Did This Get Made? Himself (co-host) •175 appearances
2010–2017 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various •33 appearances
2012–2015 Who Charted? Himself •4 appearances
2012 Sklarbro Country Himself •1 appearance
2012–2017 improv4humans Various •7 appearances
2012–2015 Affirmation Nation with Bob Ducca Mitchell •10 appearances
2012–2013 You Made It Weird Himself •2 appearances
2012, 2014 Totally Laime Himself •2 appearances
2012 Earwolf Presents Eric "Gutterballs" Gutterman •1 appearance
2013 Kevin Pollak's Chat Show Himself •1 appearance
2013 The Dead Authors Podcast Plato •1 appearance
2014 The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project Falcon •1 appearance
2014, 2017 Hollywood Handbook Himself •2 appearances
2014 Never Not Funny Himself •1 appearance
2014–2015 Reading Aloud Himself •2 appearances
2015 WOMP It Up! Eric "Gutterballs" Gutterman •2 appearances
2015 Black List Table Reads Himself •6 appearances
2015–2017 Gilmore Guys Himself •7 appearances
2015 Crybabies Himself •1 appearance
2016 Reply All Himself •2 appearances
2016 Anna Faris is Unqualified Himself •1 appearance
2016 SPONTANEANATION with Paul F. Tompkins Himself •1 appearance
2016 With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus Alex Papas •1 appearance
2016 OMFG! Himself •1 appearance
2017 WTF with Marc Maron Himself •1 appearance

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jason Mantzoukas Biography". TV Guide. 
  2. ^ a b Rottenberg, Jason (May 18, 2012). "'The Dictators Jason Mantzoukas". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ Jones, Patty (May 9, 2012). "The Dictator wields a comic arsenal". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Arts | Middlebury". Middlebury College. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ Young, Dana (December 28, 2014). "KPCS: Jason Mantzoukas #174". Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Shashoua, Michael. "The Jester Interview: Jason Mantzoukas". The Jester Journal. 
  7. ^ Jones, Patty (May 10, 2012). "The Dictator wields a comic arsenal". Straight.com. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Mantzoukas Brothers". Best New York Comedy. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jason Mantzoukas". SF Sketchfest. 2012. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014. 

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