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Clearly, Ike Barinholtz is a funny guy. He’s an alumnus of Chicago’s famed improv comedy scene; he’s had successful stints on MADtv and Eastbound & Down; he’s a writer as well as a performer, making him extra sensitive to what makes a good punchline. Last year, his talent even earned special notice from his boss: Mindy Kaling created nutty ex-con nurse Morgan Tookers especially for Barinholtz.
But who is Morgan, exactly? Well… he’s a nurse. And an ex-con; we know that for sure. (Though how this guy ever successfully committed a crime is anybody’s guess; then again, maybe that’s why he went to prison.) More than anything, though, Morgan’s a sort of all-purpose weirdo, a shaggy collection of random quirks (He’s keeping a stray dog in the office! He’s carrying an egg beater to a nightclub! He’s bringing a Spanish karaoke machine to a Christmas party!) and arbitrary one-liners (“They used to call me the Loch Ness Morgan, mostly because I would show up blurry in photographs”).
Mindy‘s first season was so inconsistent that Morgan’s general oddness felt sort of like an anchor; no matter what else was going on, you knew Barinholtz would show up at some point to liven and/or mess things up. But if Mindy really does want to improve in season 2 — as its solid premiere episode indicates — Morgan’s character could use some serious fine-tuning. Here are a couple of ideas to start:
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