Ike Barinholtz

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Ike Barinholtz
Ike Barinholtz at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Barinholtz at PaleyFest 2013's panel for The Mindy Project
BornIsaac Barinholtz
(1977-02-18) February 18, 1977 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Erica Hanson (1 child)
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Ike Barinholtz
Ike Barinholtz at PaleyFest 2013.jpg
Barinholtz at PaleyFest 2013's panel for The Mindy Project
BornIsaac Barinholtz
(1977-02-18) February 18, 1977 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Erica Hanson (1 child)

Isaac "Ike" Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and writer, best known for his role as a cast member on MADtv, from 2002–2007, and for his roles on The Mindy Project, and Eastbound & Down.

Personal life[edit]

Barinholtz was born in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, Illinois and raised in Lake View,[1] the son of Peggy and Alan Barinholtz, an attorney.[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] He attended Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School before attending The Latin School of Chicago for high school. Barinholtz had planned on becoming a politician,[3] but decided to move to Los Angeles, California, to be an actor instead. He worked at a telemarketing company and as a busboy before starting a career in comedy.[4]

He also attended Boston University and after dropping out, 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.[4]

In a 2012 phone interview, Barinholtz said he was inspired to pursue a career in comedy after attending a comedy show at the The Vic Theatre and seeing several other comedians.[1] Afterwards, he started taking comedy classes at the The Second City, ImprovOlympic and Annoyance Theatre, and was not successful at first, but chose to stick with it.[4] His younger brother Jon Barinholtz is also an actor and comedian.

Barinholtz is married to Erica Hanson, with whom he has a daughter.[5]


He 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.

Barinholtz has also 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.

Barinholtz currently appears with a recurring role as nurse Morgan Tookers on the FOX comedy series The Mindy Project. He is also a writer and story editor on the series.


Barinholtz officially joined the cast of MADtv in 2002 as a feature 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 Dane Cook, Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Federline, Howie Long, Nick Nolte, Fidel Castro, Matt Damon, Felicity Huffman, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, Andy Dick, Nick Lachey, Ashton Kutcher, Howard Dean, Bo Bice, and Ralph Nader, with Dane Cook, Nick Nolte, and Kevin Federline as his most popular.

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.[4]

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] including a SPIKE pilot in which Barinholtz also starred, Mega Winner[8] and an Ed Helms film Central Intelligence.[9]

The Mindy Project[edit]

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


Adam BiceQVC: Quacker Factory
EliThe B.S.
Duncan KruskalThe Silver Fox
DutchAbercrombie & Fitch
Jeffrey "Jeff" DeShazerCoach Hines
Lynette ScavoDesperate Housewives
Mitchel "Mitch" Ruffin
Principal LankensteinCoach HinesHe is the principal of St. Francis High and Coach Hines' nemesis.
Roy SchenkFeuding Parents
Steven "Steve" Wellington



2015The NestJamesFilming
2013The SidekickLightning MikeShort film
Inventing AdamTelly
2010Vampires SuckBobby WhiteUncredited
How to Make Love to a WomanDavid
2008Disaster MovieWolf
Javier Bardem Look-A-Like
Police Officer
Prince Caspian
Meet the SpartansDane Cook Look-a-Like
Bond Villain
Lock and Roll ForeverLomax
2007Bunny WhippedJoe
Twisted FortuneDave Armstrong
2006The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little FriendBar JerkShort film
2001DownAssistant Milligan


2014MarriedBruceThe Old Date (#1.8)
Garfunkel and OatesFirst Door on the Right DirectorHair Swap (#1.5)
Kroll ShowZach SwordOh Armond (#2.3)
@midnightHimselfJanuary 8th episode
2013-PresentThe AwesomesMusclemanVoice role
2013The SoupHimselfOctober 23rd episode
The Pete Holmes ShowIke Barinholtz (#1.5)
High School USA!Cyber BullyVoice role; Bullies (#1.1)
Drunk HistoryAugust SpiesChicago (#1.2)
2012-PresentThe Mindy ProjectWriter
Executive story editor
Morgan Tookers
2012NTSF:SD:SUVMaitre'DSabbath-tage (#2.3)
Eastbound & DownIvan Dochenko6 episodes
Executive Producer
Cliff PlankerTV Movie
2011Childrens HospitalPeter PrincipatoNewsreaders (#3.14)
2010-2012The LeagueFrank Gibiatti3 episodes
2010WeedsDarylFran Tarkenton (#6.12)
2008-2009Rita RocksFly6 episodes
2008Family GuyDane CookVoice role; I Dream of Jesus (#7.2)
2005E! Hollywood Hold'emHimselfLaura Prepon (#1.1)
2002-2007MADtvWriterVarious characters116 episodes


  1. ^ a b c d Metz, Nina (2012-09-11). "Dork and Mindy: Chicagoan Ike Barinholtz ready to throw his weight around on new project". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Catey (2007-04-25). "Funny sons of funny fathers". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b Isackson, Noah (2004-04-04). "Ike Barinholtz - Mad About Tv Comedy". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d Wagner, Curt (2013-01-07). "Ike Barinholtz finds time for laughs in 'The Mindy Project'". redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  5. ^ http://www.digitalspy.com/celebrity/news/a490742/ike-barinholtz-wife-erica-hanson-welcome-daughter.html
  6. ^ Jones, Chris (2009-02-18). "Chicago Improv Festival announces headliners, cuts prices". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  7. ^ Wagner, Curt (2012-03-25). "Chicago Improv Festival to honor Key and Peele". redeyechicago.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2011-09-01). "Eastbound & Down': 'Mad TV' Alum Takes the Mound (Exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  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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