Actor Jon Barinholtz in the new television series “American Auto”

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CHICAGO – Jon Barinholtz keeps rolling. After completing a six-season run on NBCTV‘s ‘Superstore’ portraying Marcus, he landed another role – with the same sitcom creator (Justin Spitzer) and network – as auto industry executive Westey Payne in ‘American Auto,’ which premiered last month. And all this while co-creating “Chicago Party Aunt” for Netflix.

Unlike “Superstore,” where the focus was on store employees, “American Auto” is a workplace comedy set in the executive suite. Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) plays Katherine, a loader who was just named CEO of Payne Motors. Barinholtz as Wesley Payne is part of the family that owns the business, and they interact with vice-president Sadie (Harriet Dyer), Dori (X Mayo), Cyrus (Michael Benjamin Washington) and newly promoted Jack (Tye White). The quick-witted sitcom is set as the company is in transition.

Jon Barinholtz (center) and Cast of ‘American Auto’
Photo credit: NBCTV

Jon Barinholtz is originally from Chicago and grew up there with his brother Ike Barinholtz, who is also a notable comedic actor. Jon followed Ike’s path through the Chicago improv scene and broke up with TV roles, notably in “Parks and Recreation” and “New Girl”. In 2015, he started as a series regular on “Superstore” and is a co-creator and voice talent on the animated show “Chicago Party Aunt” (2021) on Netflix.

In a Via Zoom interview with Patrick McDonald of, Jon Barinholtz talks all things “American Auto” and his Chicago roots…

“American Auto” is activated NBCTV Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, and can be streamed on the Peacock Network and With Jon Barinholtz, Ana Gasteyer, Harriet Dyer, Tye White, Michael Benjamin Washington, Humphrey Ker and X Mayo. Created by Justin Spitzer.

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