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Northshore December 2018

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121 great fondness for all of the loveable maniac parts," he says. "I like that I still get to play, lean in, and find different ways to play crazy, funny weirdos. I like that when they write a weirdo like Derek on e Good Place, I'm the person who gets that call." e opportunity to play more subdued roles, like the love interest in a romantic comedy called How to Be Single, has come up, and that is something Mantzoukas welcomes too. Whether he's a good guy or a kooky guy, on television or in movies, Mantzoukas is open to all possibilities. "I feel glad that I'm not stuck anywhere," he says. "at I get to do different stuff is very lucky." Mantzoukas is an actor, writer, musician, comedian, podcaster, and voice-over artist. What's next? "I want to do more of the things I've been doing," he says. "I want to have a career and do this forever. ere are people I look at whose careers are so impressive because they are slow and steady, continuing to do good work." Right now, you can see Mantzoukas in a leading role as Richard in e Long Dumb Road. Released in November, this is a story of two mismatched travel companions on a road trip through the American Southwest. e part challenges Mantzoukas with an emotional arc, while maintaining his beloved brand of chaos. To anyone watching on the North Shore, Mantzoukas says, "If I'm around, I'll pop by. We can watch it and talk about it." He'll even venture into his high school's rival territory of Marblehead—as long as he's promised a stop at his favorite sandwich shop, Mino's Roast Beef. For more from Mantzoukas, you can hear him as the voice of Jay on season two of the Netflix animated series Big Mouth. You can stream full episodes of the CBS All Access cop comedy No Activity, in which Mantzoukas plays the criminal, Marco. Catch up on sea- son one of the comedy I'm Sorry (on various streaming services), in which he co-stars as Kyle, and keep an eye out for season two on TruTV. And in 2019, you can catch a glimpse of Mantzoukas in theatres in John Wick 3: Parabellum. You might also enjoy his Earwolf movie review podcast called "How Did is Get Made?" In 2017, Mantzoukas and his podcast co-hosts included the Wilbur eatre on their tour, where he warmly remembers attending concerts and shows as a teen. He was happy to be back home. "To go to that theatre and stand on the stage was exciting and cool to me," he says. "Boston is a great city to do comedy live. ere is something about the Boston crowd that is rowdier and more engaged." "I like that I still get to play, lean in, and find different ways to play crazy, funny weirdos. I like that when they write a weirdo like Derek on The Good Place, I'm the person who gets that call."

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