Jason Mantzoukas (//; 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.
Mantzoukas in 2013
|Born||December 18, 1972|
Nahant, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Other names||Zouks, Hey Nongman|
|Alma mater||Middlebury College|
Early life and educationEdit
Mantzoukas was born in Nahant, Massachusetts, the son of Cynthia (née Mourousas) and William Mantzoukas. He describes his ancestry as "100 percent Greek." Mantzoukas was an accomplished drummer during his time at Swampscott High School, anchoring a band named Slygoul. He attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Mantzoukas has a life-threatening egg allergy. 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.
|2007||American Loser||Luggage Channel Guy|
|2008||Baby Mama||Gay Couple|
|2009||I Hate Valentine's Day||Brian Blowdell|
|Splinterheads||The Amazing Steve|
|They Came Together||Bob|
|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|
|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"|
|2010–12||The Life & Times of Tim||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2010–15||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"|
|2011–13||Enlightened||Omar Ali||8 episodes|
|2011–15||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"|
|2013–15||Kroll Show||Various||9 episodes|
|2013–16||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"|
|2014–17||Transparent||Dr. Steve||5 episodes|
|2014–18||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|
|2016–17||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Jerry||2 episodes|
|Lady Dynamite||Karl Grisham||2 episodes|
|We Bare Bears||Scientist (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016–18||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Adrian Pimento||9 episodes|
|2016–19||American Dad!||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2017||Comrade Detective||Dragos (voice)||6 episodes|
|HarmonQuest||Grabble Gribble||Episode: "The City of Forlona"|
|Workaholics||Isaac Lubetkin||Episode: "Party Gawds"|
|2017–18||No Activity||Marco||12 episodes|
|2017–19||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)|
|Legion||Jerome Wolf||Episode: "Chapter 25"|
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