Ike Barinholtz

Isaac Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American comedian, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his role as a cast member on the comedy series MADtv (2002–2007), Eastbound & Down (2012), and The Mindy Project (2012–2017).

Ike Barinholtz
Barinholtz in 2018
Isaac Barinholtz

(1977-02-18) February 18, 1977
OccupationComedian, actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Erica Hanson

In film, he is known for his roles in Neighbors (2014) and its sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Sisters (2015), Suicide Squad (2016), and Blockers (2018). He also co-wrote the comedy Central Intelligence (2016), and directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the comedy The Oath (2018).

Early life and education

Barinholtz was born in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in its Lake View neighborhood,[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] Barinholtz is Jewish,[4] and attended Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, and then The Latin School of Chicago for high school. He 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.[5]

Barinholtz 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.[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 and seeing several other comedians.[1] Afterwards, he started taking comedy classes at The Second City, ImprovOlympic and Annoyance Theatre, and was not successful at first, but chose to stick with it.[5] His younger brother Jon Barinholtz is also an actor; he plays a recurring character on Superstore.


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 Hulu 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.


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


The Mindy Project

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

Personal life

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

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



2001DownAssistant Milligan
2006The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little FriendBar JerkShort film
2007Bunny WhippedJoe
Twisted FortuneDave Armstrong
2008Meet the SpartansDane Cook look-alike
Bond Villain
Disaster MovieWolf
Javier Bardem look-alike
Police Officer
Prince Caspian
Lock and Roll ForeverLomax
2010How to Make Love to a WomanDavid
Vampires SuckBobby WhiteUncredited
For Christ's SakeBuster Chery
2013The SidekickLightning MikeShort film
Inventing AdamTelly
2014NeighborsJimmy Blevins
2016Neighbors 2: Sorority RisingJimmy Blevins
The Angry Birds MovieTiny (voice)
Central IntelligenceWriter
Suicide Squad[12]Griggs
StorksMiscellaneous Stork (voice)
2017SnatchedJeffrey Middleton
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White HouseAngelo Lano
The Disaster ArtistHimselfCameo
Song of Back and NeckNurse
The OathChrisAlso director, writer, and producer
2019Late NightDaniel Tennant
The Lego Movie 2: The Second PartLex Luthor (voice)
TBAThe HuntPost-production


2002Gilmore GirlsUncreditedEpisode: "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving"
2002–2007, 2016MADtvCast memberVarious characters116 episodes
2005E! Hollywood Hold'emHimselfEpisode: "Laura Prepon"
2008Family GuyDane CookVoice role; Episode: "I Dream of Jesus"
2008–2009Rita RocksFly6 episodes
2010WeedsDarylEpisode: "Fran Tarkenton"
2010–2015The LeagueFrank Gibiatti4 episodes
2011Childrens HospitalPeter PrincipatoEpisode: "Newsreaders"
2012Eastbound & DownIvan Dochenko6 episodes
NTSF:SD:SUVMaitre'DEpisode: "Sabbath-tage"
Executive producer
Cliff PlankerTV movie
2012–2017The Mindy ProjectWriter
Executive story editor
Morgan Tookers115 episodes
2013Drunk HistoryAugust SpiesEpisode: "Chicago"
High School USA!Cyber BullyVoice role; Episode: "Bullies"
The SoupHimselfOctober 23 episode
The Pete Holmes ShowEpisode: "Ike Barinholtz"
2013–2015The AwesomesMusclemanVoice role; 30 episodes
2014Kroll ShowZach SwordEpisode: "Oh Armond"
ChozenHunter (voice)4 episodes
MarriedBruceEpisode: "The Old Date"
Garfunkel and OatesFirst Door on the Right DirectorEpisode: "Hair Swap"
@midnightHimselfJanuary 8 episode
American Dad!(voice)Episode: "Blonde Ambition"
2016Animals.Alan (voice)Episode: "Pigeons."
2017Friends from CollegeDegrasso2 episodes
Neo YokioJeffrey (voice)Episode: "Hamptons Water Magic"
2019Brooklyn Nine-NineGintars IrbeEpisode: "Gintars"
The Twilight ZoneMikeEpisode: "Not All Men"
What Just Happened??! with Fred SavageHimselfEpisode: "Elevator"
Bless the HartsWayne Edwards (voice)Series regular
Live in Front of a Studio AudienceMichael StivicEpisode: "Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons"

Video games

2016Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareA.J.

Awards and nominations

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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