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Old 01/15/2004, 1:36 AM
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Full Name: Isaac "Ike" Barinholtz [news]
Date of Birth: February 18th, 1977
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Height / Weight: 6'2" / <unknown>
Seasons on MADtv: 8 - 12 (2002 - 2007)

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Biography:
When Ike Barinholtz's brother, Jon, was asked how weird it is to have a brother who is both a star and a heartthrob, his response was typical of any other weary sibling's: "It all just got tiresome--hearing how famous my brother had become just made me feel like my accomplishments were being overshadowed." Jon, an aspiring actor himself, had good reason to feel this way; after all, Ike Barinholtz was a "MADtv" cast member for five seasons. Also, poor Jon had to endure numerous "Ike" chants at parties, not to mention the constant onslaught of "Ike freaks" who would constantly bombard him with praise for his famous brother. Still, that fame and attention from obsessed female fans did not come overnight for Ike. Through years of hard work and training, Ike had to hone his talent like any other comedic perfomer who covets that elusive showbiz break. Good looks may have helped Ike to some degree; but by the time he arrived at "MADtv," he was much more than a handsome face--he was a seasoned improv performer, ready to take the comedy world by storm.

Ike had the good fortune to grow up in Chicago, IL, which he describes as a "real person's city." As a child, he attended the Latin School of Chicago, an independent educational institution located on Chicago's Near North Side. After graduation, Ike decided to take advantage of the various improv comedy opportunities available to him in his hometown. He trained with several legendary groups: Second City; the Annoyance Theater; Schadenfreude; ImprovOlympic; and an iO offshoot, the Lindbergh Babies. Ike says that one of the most valuable lessons he learned in Chicago is that real-life situations tend to be the funniest: "People laugh at things they can identify with." Still, even though he loved the camaraderie he felt among his fellow performers, the Chicago native eventually decided to pursue another time-tested route for aspiring comedians.

After bidding a heartfelt farewell to his hometown, Ike moved to Amsterdam, Holland, to sharpen his improv skills with the celebrated comedy troupe Boom Chicago. During his two years in Amsterdam, he met three fellow budding comedians who would also later find success on "MADtv": Nicole Parker, Jordan Peele, and Josh Meyers. Of the three, Josh would factor most heavily into Ike's immediate comedy future. After leaving Boom Chicago, the two young performers moved to Los Angeles, CA. Ike accepted a small role in the 2001 thriller Down, but the brief film appearance was merely a detour on the road to bigger things. With his good friend Josh, he staged a two-man comedy show, which ultimately caught the eyes of "MADtv" producers. The two men passed their audition for the sketch comedy series, becoming featured players at the start of Season Eight. Although Josh left "MADtv" after Season Nine, Ike soldiered on for three more seasons.

For Ike, the best parts of the "MADtv" gig were a cast who kept him laughing constantly and the numerous opportunities to poke fun at "stupid people who think they're hot stuff." At home, he often came up with sketch ideas while watching the E! cable network and bad reality television; at work, the supreme payoff was getting to parody the "stupid people" he watched. Thus, Ike's working relationship with the "MADtv" writers and producers couldn't have been more ideal: "They not only encourage you to be that way, but they pay you for it." In short, the heartthrob had made the big time and was enjoying every minute of it.

Unfortunately for Ike, the fun would not last: after five seasons on "MADtv," he was released from his contract. Meanwhile, his brother, Jon, has found his own niche in comedic improv, frequently collaborating with Rob Belushi (Jim's son, John's nephew). Although Jon is quick to note that his own showbiz career actually began long before Ike's, he also admits (in a jokingly backhanded manner) that his brother's "MADtv" success, as well as the ensuing crazed reception from "Ike freaks," actually encouraged him to make his own serious bid for fame. Whether Jon will ever attain Ike's level of fame and thereby garner his own coterie of "Jon freaks" remains to be seen. Nevertheless, one thing remains certain: as Ike pursues various post-"MADtv" entertainment endeavors, he can rest assured that a friendly sibling rivalry persists to this day. So far, Ike appears to have quite a head start in the race.

Where are they now?
As of July 2009, Ike is still doing comedy. In 2009, he had his first starring role in the comedy Lock and Roll Forever. He will also be in a new Kevin Spacey film, set to open later this month. Later this year, he will also be appearing in the films How to Make Love to a Woman, and Inventing Adam with former MADtv cast member, and friend Josh Meyers.

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Television - Guest Roles:Film - Starring Roles:Film - Supporting Roles:Other Credits:
  • Improv show: Messing with Ike
Fun Facts:
  • Ike has performed with the Improv Olympic, Annoyance Theatre, Boom Chicago, and Second City
  • Ike was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois
  • Ike first started his career as a busboy in L.A
  • Ike did a 'Worst of Boom Night' during a 10-year anniversary of the improv troupe Boom Chicago, where they performed their worst material from previous shows
  • Ike is the son of Alan Barinholtz.
  • Ike had originally planned on becoming a politician, but decided to be a comedian.
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Old 01/15/2004, 8:08 PM
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Ike was Born in 1977 in Chicago.
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Old 01/15/2004, 11:28 PM
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He went to Latin, which is K-12. For comedy, he went to Second City, Annoyance Theater, and Boom Chicago.

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Old 01/16/2004, 12:28 AM
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I think he played football in high school, and his and josh Meyers (who he met while working for BoomChicago) "the Shizow" is what got the attention of Nichole Sullivan, who helped them get auditions for MAD.
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I knew I forgot to write something! It's because I wrote it in Josh's, I guess... Also, Ike was a busboy in a steakhouse for awhile there...

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Available Ike Sketches:
Ike as Sheldon Tikvah in: Father & Son Chat

Right Click> Save Target As> Save> Open
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Old 01/25/2004, 4:06 PM
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His birthday is February 18, 1977. His father is a Chicago lawyer named Alan Barinholtz and he has a brother named Jon (Jonathan) that runs track for Colgate College I believe.
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I is what got the attention of Nichole Sullivan, who helped them get auditions for MAD.
it is spelled n-i-c-o-l-e. no h.

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doesn any one know if Ike went ot college?
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Default Yeah...me and Ike went to school together...

He went to Penn State... I went to the State Penn...

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Default Re: Yeah...me and Ike went to school together...

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He went to Penn State... I went to the State Penn...

Did he really?
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Default LOL... NO

I just couldnt resist the line...
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I just couldnt resist the line...
I figured as much, but I had to ask because I'm such a dummy!
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Default LOL...

No, Im just a smart ass...
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No, Im just a smart ass...
Good, that makes two of us!

BTW, this is a good thread to ask this, what is it that makes you dislike Ike? Just the constant arrogance, the dependence on Josh, and being able to get this far with out having to do real work.. or is it something deeper?
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the constant arrogance, the dependence on Josh, and being able to get this far with out having to do real work..
Well I think I figured it out! These are all characteristics that make for a great Survivor! He's on the wrong show! I don't hate Ike, he just doesn't make me laugh. I don't want him to leave- unless him staying is standing in the way of say, Keegan, or Melissa staying- then I would would rather he left. He just doesn't add anything new to the cast dynamics in terms of talent. No offense because I know you like him

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Well I think I figured it out! These are all characteristics that make for a great Survivor! He's on the wrong show! I don't hate Ike, he just doesn't make me laugh. I don't want him to leave- unless him staying is standing in the way of say, Keegan, or Melissa staying- then I would would rather he left. He just doesn't add anything new to the cast dynamics in terms of talent. No offense because I know you like him
Hey, I don't really care. I dont like him for his talent anyway (shallow, yes, but truthful, and isn't that a better quality anyway?)
He does make me laugh, but he is sophmoric, I would hate to see him go, but not because I think he's an asset to the show, just because I have a school girl crush on him. BUt school girl crushes are what funds most of the entertainment business, so there's no shame in that.
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Default Was the question for me???

I dont know Ike personally. Something " deeper " ? Im not sure what you mean. Ike just strikes me wrong. I dont know why.

If I were to meet Ike face to face, he MIGHT be the coolest dude walking. Then again, he might be a total prick. Again, this isnt a personal thing.

I think perhaps a bit of it just might be that he appears cocky. He's talented at improv and got his place on MO TV for that reason only. ( I can't say Josh is " carrying " Ike, simply because I don't think Josh is that good either... ) But my thing is... MO TV ISNT an improv show. Ya know what Im saying?

I can't say anything bad about Ike personally, because Ive never met the guy. I just dont like his stuff on MO TV. Im sure if he knew how I felt, it would break his heart. LMAO...

Ike just doesnt measure up to any of the people on MO TV ( Except for Ron and Josh). My opinion.
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Default Re: Was the question for me???

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I dont know Ike personally. Something " deeper " ? Im not sure what you mean. Ike just strikes me wrong. I dont know why.
I was just trying to joke with you about not liking him for deeper reasons. As far as I can see, there isn't anything deep about that boy at all!

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If I were to meet Ike face to face, he MIGHT be the coolest dude walking. Then again, he might be a total prick. Again, this isnt a personal thing.
I'm sure it isn't a personal thing, ANd you're right, he sure seems like a total prick everytime I see him, IMO!

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I think perhaps a bit of it just might be that he appears cocky. He's talented at improv and got his place on MO TV for that reason only. ( I can't say Josh is " carrying " Ike, simply because I don't think Josh is that good either... ) ?
I get what you're saying, personally, I do think he's too cocky for his own good, but hey, he's got that high school football mentality.. It's like he never grew up

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But my thing is... MO TV ISNT an improv show. Ya know what Im saying
Actually, I don't really get this. How can you say that MAD isn't
an improv show? Every kind of comedy starts out in Improv, and works its way into sketches or monologues, so, just by association, MAd Tv is an improv show. But, also, there are so many improv geniuses on that show, besides Ike, that really use their talents in the show. Imean, they add in jokes to alot of sketches last minute, but, A great example of how improv is part of MAdtv is the christmas bobby and whitney sketch. It's almost completely improvised. And, no one can Forget the Hit Prov sketch this season!

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I can't say anything bad about Ike personally, because Ive never met the guy. I just dont like his stuff on MO TV. Im sure if he knew how I felt, it would break his heart. LMAO...
Personally, I don't think he gives a damn about what anyone thinks, except maybe what ever 4 or 5 girls he's dating each week, but what stuff is it that you don't like? The stuff he and josh do together, the stuff he writes, or just anything he does?

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Ike just doesnt measure up to any of the people on MO TV ( Except for Ron and Josh). My opinion.
Who doesn't he measure up to? I guess what I'm asking is who DO you like?
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