One of the best things about Fox's late-night sketch comedy series "MADtv" was former Chicago funny man Ike Barinholtz, who also starred as a Russian pitcher on the cable comedy "Eastbound & Down."
This fall, Barinholtz will be back on the small screen with a recurring role as a male nurse on "The Mindy Project," where he's also a writer.
"The Mindy Project" features "The Office" star Mindy Kaling as a doctor with a successful career and a very unsuccessful love life. The pilot -- where Mindy delivers one of the most uncomfortable wedding toasts ever -- looks promising.
Barinholtz plays male nurse, Morgan. He was hired on the show as a writer but Mindy wound up writing a part just for him.
He was one of the funniest guys on today's "Mindy Project" TCA panel. When a writer asked Mindy about the rise of Indian actors on TV, Barinholtz jumped in and said, "I'll take that one."
You can check out "The Mindy Project" and another new Fox comedy, "Ben and Kate," in advance of their fall premieres on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/TheMindyProject and www.Facebook.com/BenandKate) and other online sites (Yahoo, Hulu, Xfinity, Fox.com, etc.) for two weeks starting Aug. 27.
"The Mindy Project" will slide into its sweet, post-"New Girl" time slot from 8:30 to 9 p.m. (Central) Tuesdays on Sept. 25.