Ike Barinholtz

Ike Barinholtz

Born: February 18, 1977
Age: 47
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Isaac "Ike" Barinholtz (born February 18, 1977) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and screenwriter. He was a cast member on MADtv from 2002 to 2007 and currently has a regular role on The Mindy Project.


Personal life

Barinholtz was born in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in its Lake View neighborhood, the son of Peggy and Alan Barinholtz, an attorney. 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". Barinholtz is Jewish, and attended Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, before attending The Latin School of Chicago for high school. He had planned on becoming a politician, 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.

Barinholtz also attended Boston University and after dropping out, he worked for the Chicago Transit Authority before starting his comedy career. In a 2013 interview, he said he dropped out of school because he hated it and was doing poorly.

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. 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. His younger brother Jon Barinholtz is also an actor and comedian.

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


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.

On April 8, 2015, Barinholtz was cast in the DC Comics film Suicide Squad.

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.

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.

In 2009, he performed at the Chicago Improv Festival alongside former MADtv cast member Jordan Peele. In 2012, Barinholtz performed at another Chicago Improv Festival event with his brother, Jon.

He has frequently worked with comedian Dave Stassen, with whom he also went to high school, including a SPIKE pilot in which Barinholtz also starred, Mega Winner and an Ed Helms film Central Intelligence.


Character Sketch Notes
Adam Bice QVC: Quacker Factory
Eli The B.S.
Duncan Kruskal The Silver Fox
Dutch Abercrombie & Fitch
Jeffrey "Jeff" DeShazer Coach Hines
oops Knobs
Mitchel "Mitch" Ruffin
Principal Lankenstein Coach Hines He is the principal of St. Francis High and Coach Hines' nemesis.
Roy Schenk Feuding 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.



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Felt Angelo Lano Filming
Mother/Daughter Pre-production
2016 Suicide Squad
Central Intelligence Only writer
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Jimmy Blevins
The Angry Birds Movie Tiny (voice)
2015 Sisters James
2014 Neighbors Jimmy Blevins
2013 The Sidekick Lightning Mike Short film
Inventing Adam Telly
2010 Vampires Suck Bobby White Uncredited
How to Make Love to a Woman David
2009 Shrink Steve Uncredited
2008 Disaster Movie Wolf
Javier Bardem look-alike
Police Officer
Prince Caspian
Meet the Spartans Dane Cook look-alike
Bond Villain
Lock and Roll Forever Lomax
2007 Bunny Whipped Joe
Twisted Fortune Dave Armstrong
2006 The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend Bar Jerk Short film
2001 Down Assistant Milligan


Year Title Credit Role Notes
2016 Animals. Alan (voice) Pigeons. (#1.2)
2014 Married Bruce The Old Date (#1.8)
Garfunkel and Oates First Door on the Right Director Hair Swap (#1.5)
Kroll Show Zach Sword Oh Armond (#2.3)
@midnight Himself January 8 episode
2013-2015 The Awesomes Muscleman Voice role
2013 The Soup Himself October 23 episode
The Pete Holmes Show Ike Barinholtz (#1.5)
High School USA! Cyber Bully Voice role; Bullies (#1.1)
Drunk History August Spies Chicago (#1.2)
2012-present The Mindy Project Writer
Executive story editor
Morgan Tookers
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV Maitre'D Sabbath-tage (#2.3)
Eastbound & Down Ivan Dochenko 6 episodes
Megawinner Writer
Executive Producer
Cliff Planker TV Movie
2011 Childrens Hospital Peter Principato Newsreaders (#3.14)
2010-2012 The League Frank Gibiatti 3 episodes
2010 Weeds Daryl Fran Tarkenton (#6.12)
2008-2009 Rita Rocks Fly 6 episodes
2008 Family Guy Dane Cook Voice role; I Dream of Jesus (#7.2)
2005 E! Hollywood Hold'em Himself Laura Prepon (#1.1)
2002-2007, 2016 MADtv Writer Various characters 116 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Writers Guild of America Award New Series The Mindy Project Nominated

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