Mantzoukas performing at "Shut Up I Hate You" at UCB in Los Angeles, January 20, 2013
|Born||) December 18, 1972
Nahant, Massachusetts, U.S.
Jason Mantzoukas (born December 18, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his recurring role as Rafi in the FX comedy series The League and co-starring alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.
Mantzoukas is originally from Nahant, Massachusetts. He is of Greek descent. During his May 2012 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mantzoukas revealed that he is severely allergic to eggs. He states during every episode of the podcast How Did This Get Made? that he does not have a Twitter account. Mantzoukas is known to frequently wear a white Oxford shirt and blue jeans.
He began performing improvisational comedy while attending Middlebury College in Vermont as a part of the Otter Nonsense Players. After college, Mantzoukas studied music and lived abroad for several years, 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 and 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, Kroll Show, and Modern Family. He currently co-hosts the Earwolf podcast How Did This Get Made? along 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, they were named "Best Improv Duo" by Time Out New York magazine in 2006.
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