Jason Mantzoukas (, Greek: Ιάσων Μαντζούκας; born December 18, 1972) is an American character actor, comedian, writer, and podcaster. He is best known for his recurring role as Rafi in the FX comedy series The League, and as one of the three co-hosts of the podcast How Did This Get Made? alongside Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael. Mantzoukas has also appeared in the films The Dictator, Sleeping with Other People, They Came Together, Conception, and John Wick: Chapter 3. He has had recurring roles on 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 Hostedtler). He also voices the characters Jay Bilzerian in the Netflix animated series Big Mouth, and Alex Dorpenberger in the HBO Max animated series Close Enough. He is known for often playing "crazy, funny weirdos."
Mantzoukas was born with an egg allergy and experiences anaphylaxis if ingested. He has credited this allergy as the cause of his hypochondriac tendencies.He was previously in a relationship with actress Connie Britton.
Mantzoukas was born in Nahant, Massachusetts, and is the eldest child of Cynthia (née Mourousas) and William Mantzoukas, second generation Greek-Americans. He has one younger sister, Melissa. He has described himself as "100 percent Greek."He began taking drum lessons at age 10 and studied under Steve Barrett for over 8 years. In interviews, he has cited Stewart Copeland, Stephen Perkins from Jane's Addiction, and Jimmy Chamberlin from The Smashing Pumpkins as his biggest influences as a young musician. He participated in jazz and marching bands in high school, as well as playing in a cover band called Slygoul. He continued with jazz drumming in college and also played for a bebop group.Mantzoukas attended Swampscott High School, graduating in 1991. While attending, he was named captain of Swampscott's boys' soccer and track teams and was also president of the marching band. He then attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont; majoring in religion. He attempted to defend a "terribly written" honors thesis on religious iconography (which he admits to starting a week prior to his defense date) but was not given credit to graduate with honors.After graduating college in 1995, Mantzoukas was granted a Watson Fellowship, traveling throughout North Africa and the Middle East studying religious and transcendental music for nearly two years. He has admitted to having a "horrible [grant proposal] but was charming in the room; so [he earned the grant]." At the time he left for Morocco for the Watson Fellowship, he had already had six auditions and callbacks for the Blue Man Group, but he ultimately decided to travel before the audition process was complete. He lived in Morocco for about 7½ months while studying and recording Gnawa music. While abroad, he also traveled to Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Syria. During his time abroad, he was arrested numerous times; once in Morocco for having an expired tourist visa and again in Turkey to prevent him from traveling through an active war zone.
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The dad is a superhero.
America: The Motion Picture
George Washington is in an R-rated revisionist history tale about the founding of the country.
Ultra City Smiths
An investigation into the disappearance of a fictional metropolis Mega City's most famous magnate hinges on the stop-motion animation of baby dolls as a grown-up cast of characters. In the pursuit of ...
The Bleepin' Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special
Archie and the Pussycats are in a movie. The writers of Robot Chicken can tell the origin story of Archie.
A therapy dog named Honey uses her knowledge of Psychiatry to lead a group of other animals.
A troubled young man haunted by memories of two past lives stumbles upon a centuries-old secret society of similar individuals and dares to join their ranks.
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A married couple juggling everyday challenges such as parenthood, friendship, ham theft, stripper clowns and choosing the right day care is transitioning from 20-something to 30-something.
The George Lucas Talk Show
George Lucas and Watto were on the show. The guests are being interviewed.
The eccentric Dr lost his wife seven years before that. John Dolittle, renowned doctor and vet of Queen Victoria's England, lives behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his exotic animals f...
A Parks and Recreation Special
Pawnee's most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.
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Emily's name is Emily. A poet. A girl. The total rebel. Emily wants to become the world's greatest poet.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
A price tag on JohnWick's head is fourteen million dollars and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the High Table, Joh...
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Video game bad guy and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in order to find a replacement part for their video game, Sugar Rush. The citizens of th...
Mr. Neighbor's House 2
Mr. Neighbors House 2 comically blurs the innocence of Mr. Rogers with the dark surrealism of David Lynch in a half hour, live action kids show that is too disturbing for kids. Mr. Neighbor (Brian Hus...
The Long Dumb Road
Two guys meet at a time when they both find themselves at a crossroads and decide to embark on a road trip across the American Southwest.
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David Haller, also known as Legion, is a troubled young man. David has been in and out of hospitals for a long time. After a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he was confronted with the possibi...
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Set against the backdrop of a major drug cartel bust, the series follows two low-level cops who have spent far too much time in a car together, two criminals who are largely kept in the dark, two disp...
Millions of people in the country watched Comrade Detective, a cop show that was popular in the 1980s and was dubbed into English for the first time.
The lives of teenage friends are upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in a comedy from real-life friends.
The Lego Batman Movie
A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule the city, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wants to be his sidekick.
When Scott and Kate's daughter gets into the college of her dreams, it's a cause for celebration. Scott and Kate have to pay for tuition because the scholarship they were counting on didn't come throu...
The Disaster Artist
An aspiring actor in Hollywood meets an enigmatic stranger by the name of Tommy Wiseau, the meeting leads the actor down a path that nobody could have predicted, creating the worst movie ever made.
She is a comedy writer, wife and mom who exposes her inner immaturity through unexpected life situations.
5 Movies · 4 TV shows
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
A decade after the finale of the original series, the revival follows the Gilmores through four seasons of change.
The Good Place
Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise...
Frank leads a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they leave the grocery store.
A half-hour comedy based on what Maria has accepted to be her life.
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Donald Trump has it all. Money, power, respect, and an Eastern European bride. His success was not for nothing. After taking millions of dollars from his father, he grabbed New York City. The art of n...
One week from now, Kelly will marry his boss's daughter, which will put him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul...
Mr. Neighbor's House
Mr. Brian Huskey leads viewers through his world of puppets, songs, educational discoveries, and deep seeded emotional issues as he prepares for his 31st Annual 5th Birthday party. The half hour take ...
The location of an animated comedy is New York City. Whether it's lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity a...
How to Be Single
New York City is full of lonely hearts looking for the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever...
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We Bare Bears
Three brother bears attempt to find their place in civilized society, whether they're looking for food, trying to make human friends, or scheming to become famous on the internet. The siblings will ha...
Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon
Del Close has an impact on comedy fans. He is a mentor to many comedians. Thousands of comedy fans, actors, and successful comedians gather to celebrate Del Close, the most important person in modern ...
Sleeping with Other People
After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey and Jake meet by chance twelve years later and discover they both have the same problem: because of their monogamy challenged ways, neither can m...
Thank You and Sorry
Jack Antonoff deals with problems at home, including hiring a new manager and pleasing his girlfriend back in New York, when he tours with his band, Bleachers. Through documentary and comedy, we get a...
The Night Before
In New York City for their annual tradition of Christmas Eve partying, three lifelong best friends set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties, since their yearly reunion might be coming to an...
Regular Show: The Movie
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In this existential animated short, Museum curator Gordon Boonewell's world is falling apart. And his mind may be following.
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When a dramatic admission causes everyone's secrets to spill out, an LA family with serious boundary issues have their past and future unraveling.
They Came Together
A small business owner is about to lose her shop.
For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben has been trying to show decorated APD detective James that he's more than just a video-game junkie who's unworthy of James' sister. Ben thinks he...
Off Camera with Sam Jones
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
Two men are trying to save someone.
A hard-luck limo driver struggling to go straight and pay off a debt to his bookie takes on a job with a crazed passenger whose ledger implicates some seriously dangerous criminals.
There are challenges living next to a house with a newborn baby.
A youngentrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. He left Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and nephew in the suburbs, only to become ...
2 TV shows
Historical reenactments from A-list talent. A unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from America's great past as great moments in history are retold with unforgettable result...
A single-camera ensemble comedy follows the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.
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Amy, a self-destructive executive, tries to get her life back together after a very public breakdown in Enlightened.
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It is possible to follow the lives of a group of students at what is possibly the world's worst community college in the fictional locale of Greendale, Colorado.
I Hate Valentine's Day
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The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan has a large and blended family. The modern family is sometimes warm and sometimes twisted, but they give us an honest and often hilarious look into it.
Parks and Recreation
A hilarious ensemble comedy that follows a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit ...
The League is a comedy about a fantasy football league and its members.
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"Terrorists" is a comedy about life after 9/11 in America, where a small-town police chief is unhappy with his lowly status and eager to prove himself in the War Against Terror. The police chief's pri...
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