Archive for the ‘Ike Barinholtz’ Category
If you, like this reporter, are thankful this holiday season for The Mindy Project and the comedy gold it delivers each week, the following is for you. And if for some reason you aren’t tuning into Fox’s rom-com-drenched sitcom, well… for shame (and you should read on as well).
Mindy found its funny footing by the end of its first season, but its sophomore run has taken the laughs to another level — something co-star and writer Ike Barinholtz attributes to good ol’ fashioned timing.
“Honestly, I think for all shows, it just take a little time,” he tells TVLine. “When I watch Season 1Seinfeld or the early Simpsons — or even early 30 Rock — they’re very different from the second season. It takes a little while to establish characters and their views, what they want and need… It’s just being given the opportunity to grow a little bit.”
The permanent additions of a pair of scene-stealers, Barinholtz says, helped greatly. “Picking up[Adam] Pally and Xosha [Roquemore] was big for us; it gave us two more big comedic voices on the show.”
It’s been the great debate among Mindy Project fans since midway through Season 1: Should the Fox charmer (airing Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c) pull the trigger on a rom-com-worthy love story between platonic pals Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano?
While series mastermind Mindy Kaling herself is still up in the air when it comes to officially “going there” with her alter ego and Chris Messina‘s adorable curmudgeon of a doc (“I’m not even 100 percent sure that they should be a romantic couple”), she certainly has some thoughts on the topic.
“It’s not like Danny and Mindy are Jim and Pam, where they are destined to be together because they’re each other’s true loves and soulmates,” she muses to TVLine, referring to her old Office stomping grounds and its epic lovebirds.
Ever wonder what it would look like if The Mindy Project‘s Ike Barinholtz conducted a one-man interview as his co-stars Chris Messina and James Franco? No? Just us? Well, jump on the bandwagon this instant because TVLine has obtained a video of that very thing — and it’s just as spot-on (and hilarious) as fans of the trio should expect.
Clearly a master impressionist, Barinholtz — who co-stars on the Fox comedy (airing Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c) as loveable office weirdo and No. 1 Mindy fan Morgan Tookers — plops himself in front of the camera in the exclusive video below and then, upon learning that the same crew had just chatted with Messina and Franco, reenacts what he believes to be their conversation.
Check out the video on TVLine here.
The Tireless Talent
The Mindy Project‘s Ike Barinholtz pays tongue-in-cheek tribute — at THR‘s request — to his boss, 33, a writer-producer, actress and author
When I read the e-mail that told me I was being included in The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Class of 2013, I was blown away. Yes, the last year has been quite a ride, and the centerpiece of it has been working on The Mindy Project. But, humbled as I am by this award, I have to split the cash prize with my friend and one of the funniest people I’ve ever come across, Mindy Kaling, or, as I call her, “Miss Kaling.”
If we’re being honest, it’s kind of insane that Mindy wasn’t included on this list in the first place. She had a huge year. Coming off the success of her New York Times best-seller, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, she left The Office to start her own series, The Mindy Project (now airing in North Korea under the title The Supreme Leader Is a Father to Us All). Once the show aired, it was evident that Mindy strikes a chord with young people, specifically women. On Twitter (where Mindy has as many followers as Jamaica has citizens), I constantly see tweets that say, “I AM Mindy!” or “Mindy gets me” or “Meet horny singles in your area click here.”
When Conan O’Brien addressed his fans on his last night as host of “The Tonight Show”, he said to us: “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
If you know Ike Barinholtz and have followed his career, you’d agree that this quote fits him well.
From his initial move to L.A. all the way to a role (and writer) on the FOX comedy, “The Mindy Project“, Ike has gone through the ups and downs that Hollywood hands many young and aspiring comedians. Through it all, Ike continued to work hard, keep his head up and be kind. As a result, some pretty amazing things have happened to him, including the upcoming birth of his first child with wife, Erica Hanson, this summer.
Ike was kind enough to allow us to ask him some questions about some of these things and more. Enjoy.
You studied improvisation at famed Chicago improvisational theaters like The iO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic), The Second City, and The Annoyance. How has Improvisation affected your personal and or professional life?
My time at these places has been my spine. In every project I’ve ever worked on, I’ve leaned heavily on improvisation. All three of them taught me how to play a scene honestly, which is the most important thing. Whether it was Del (Close), or Mick (Napier) or Martin De Maat, if what I was doing on stage wasn’t genuine, they would let me know. Also a lot of the people I’ve met while doing it have been friends for life. And I still perform at iO West whenever I can.
You spent two years at Amsterdam’s legendary improv theater, “Boom Chicago” before moving to L.A. with your friend and fellow ‘Boom’ performer, Josh Meyers. After some time in L.A., you and Josh got hired by MADtv at the same time. How did that come about?
I was doing very little as a busboy at Morton’s steakhouse and Josh was a “manny”, so we decided to do a two man show together. We did this show and our friend, Nicole Sullivan, who had been on MADtv saw it and told the producers to check it out. They did, and invited us to audition for the show. It was your standard sketch show audition: 4 characters and 4 impressions.
I remember doing a terrible impression of the late Steve Irwin and one of the producers said “Okay, that’s enough.” I walked out of there pretty sure that I wouldn’t get hired. But I got the call a few days later that they were into it. It was pretty fun to be on a tv show with a close friend.