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David Benjamin Wain
August 1, 1969
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||New York University|
(m. 2009;div. 2015)
David Benjamin Wain (born August 1, 1969) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and director. He has co-written and directed six feature films, including Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Role Models (2008) and Wanderlust (2012). He has also served as a producer, writer and director on number of television series, including Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later , Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp , Childrens Hospital and Medical Police . He has had small roles in most of the films and TV series he has produced or directed. He also had a starring voice role, as the Warden, on the 2008-2014 animated Adult Swim series Superjail!
Wain got his start in entertainment in college, as a member of the sketch comedy troupe The State. The group had their own TV show on MTV from 1993 to 1995, The State , for which Wain directed many of the sketches. Wain is also member of comedy group Stella, along with two other members of The State. The three wrote and starred in short films called the Stella shorts, as well as the 2005 TV series Stella .
Wain was born to a Jewish familyin Shaker Heights, Ohio, the son of Nina (née Saul) and Norman Wain. As a young man, Wain went to a summer camp in Canaan, Maine, on which Wet Hot American Summer was loosely based.
In 1988 while attending NYU film school, Wain became a founding member of the sketch comedy group The New Group. This group later came to be known as The State, and in 1993 he and his fellow members created and starred in The State , a sketch show that lasted 26 episodes on MTV. Wain and Michael Patrick Jann directed most of the show's sketches.
In 1997, Wain, Michael Ian Black, and Michael Showalter formed the comedy trio Stella.
Wain's first feature film, Wet Hot American Summer (2001), was an absurdist summer camp comedy starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino and Elizabeth Banks. Wain directed the film, and co-wrote and co-produced it with Showalter, who also plays a lead role.
His second feature film The Ten , starring Winona Ryder and Paul Rudd (and a large ensemble cast of well-known actors), had a short theatrical run and was released on DVD on January 15, 2008.
Wain's third feature, Role Models , starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch and Elizabeth Banks, was his first widely released film. Released in theaters on November 7, 2008, the film received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, as well as earning $19 million on its opening weekend.
Wain starred in a web series titled Wainy Days on the website My Damn Channel, which ran for five seasons and ended in January 2012. The series follows a fictionalized version of Wain through his everyday life as he tries to romance numerous women and discusses his problems with his friends at the sweatshop where he works. Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Josh Charles, Paul Rudd, and Michael Ian Black, and various other Stella, The State and Wet Hot American Summer alumni have all guest-starred in various episodes. The recurring cast included A.D. Miles, Matt Ballard and Zandy Hartig, who was instrumental in the creation of the series.
As one third of the comedy troupe Stella, Wain has co-hosted the long running nightclub show in New York City, toured the United States and made a series of shorts with the group, and eventually help create a 2005 series on Comedy Central based on their routines.
Wain is featured as the voice of The Warden in the animated series Superjail! . He was a featured commentator in the I Love the 70s series, I Love the 90s Part Deux series, and the weekly VH1 show Best Week Ever .. With The State, Wain co-wrote the book State by State with The State. He has appeared in such movies as The Baxter , Keeping the Faith and Role Models . Wain's fourth feature film, Wanderlust , was released on February 24, 2012. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman and Alan Alda. Wain directed the film, from a screenplay he wrote with Ken Marino, and has a cameo in the film as a TV weatherman.
His fifth feature They Came Together was released in June 2014. The cast includes Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni. Wain and Showalter co-wrote the eight-episode Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp based on the 2001 film with almost the entire cast of the original film returning. The series premiered on July 31, 2015, and was more well received by critics. He returned to co-write and direct another Netflix sequel Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later , which premiered in 2017.
Wain lives in Los Angeles. He has two sons and is divorced from Zandy Hartig, an actress and producer.
|Aisle Six||1992||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film; also editor|
|Keeping the Faith||2000||Yes||Steve Posner|
|Wet Hot American Summer||2001||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Paco||Co-producer|
|The Third Date||2003||Yes||Ralph||Short film|
|Along Came Polly||2004||Yes||Wedding Videographer||Uncredited|
|The Baxter||2005||Yes||Louis Lewis|
|The Ten||2007||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Abe Grossman / Cartoon Voices|
|Reno 911!: Miami||Yes||Breen the Plumber|
|Puberty: The Movie||Yes||Principal Kirkpatrick|
|The Guitar||2008||Yes||Phone Man|
|Role Models||Yes||Yes||Yes||Chevron Baine|
|I Love You, Man||2009||Yes||Wedding Photographer|
|Sleepwalk with Me||2012||Yes||Pete|
|Thanks for Sharing||Yes||Addict #2|
|Hell Baby||2013||Yes||Dr. Marsden|
|She Said, She Said||Yes||Mediator||Short film|
|They Came Together||2014||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Keith||Executive producer|
|Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot||2015||Yes||Executive producer|
|Brother Nature||2016||Yes||Uncle Mel|
|The Second Sound Barrier||Yes||Short film|
|Fun Mom Dinner||2017||Yes||Wayne|
|My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes||2018||Short film; also narrator|
|A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Yes||Yes||Yes||Interviewer||Executive producer|
|Under the Eiffel Tower||Yes||Frank|
|Dog Days||Yes||Wacky Wayne|
|The Bob's Burgers Movie||2022||Yes||Courtney Wheeler (voice)||Completed|
|You Wrote It, You Watch It||1992–1993||Yes||Yes||Yes||Various characters|
|The State||1993–1995||Yes||Yes||Yes||Various characters|
|The State's 43rd Annual|
All-Star Halloween Special
|1995||Yes||Yes||Yes||Various characters||Television special|
|The Daily Show||1996||Correspondent|
|Apartment 2F||1997||Yes||Yes||Yes||David||Segment: "Finishing the Novel"|
|Random Play||1999||Yes||Yes||Various characters|
|Strangers with Candy||2000||Yes||Episode: "The Blank Page"|
|Sheep in the Big City||2000–2002||Yes||Yes||Stu (voice)||Episode: "Belle of the Baaah"|
|Crank Yankers||2003||Yes||Al Foster #1 / David||2 episodes|
|Reno 911!||2003, 2008||Yes||Sam / Sensual Masseuse||2 episodes|
|Cheap Seats without Ron Parker||2004||Yes||Brian Lewis||Episode: "High-School Cheerleading"|
|Entourage||2006||Yes||Agent||Episode: "Three's Company"|
|Superjail!||2007–2014||Yes||The Warden (voice)|
|Childrens Hospital||2008–2016||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Rabbi Jewy McJewJew / various characters|
|Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||2009||Yes||Shell Dante||Episode: "Hair"|
|Party Down||2010||Yes||Episode: "Not on Your Wife Opening Night"|
|New Girl||2012||Yes||Yes||Male Race Participant||Episode: "Secrets"|
|Comedy Bang! Bang!||2012||Yes||Gordon Thatchet||Episode: "Elizabeth Banks Wears a Red Dress"|
|Bob's Burgers||2012–2021||Yes||Courtney / Grover (voice)||12 episodes|
|Burning Love||2013||Yes||Reg Durjmah||Episode: "Dancing!"|
|The Greatest Event in Television History||2013||Yes||Bell Taint||Episode: "Hart to Hart"|
|Key & Peele||2013||Yes||Person at People Park #6||Episode: "#3.13"|
|Married||2014||Yes||David||Episode: "Waffles & Pizza"|
|A to Z||2014||Yes||Episode: "F Is for Fight, Fight, Fight!"|
|Broad City||2015||Yes||Maureen's Ex||Episode: "Coat Check"|
|Weird Loners||2015||Yes||Howard||2 episodes|
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||2015||Yes||Maternity||Episode: "Paid Family Leave"|
|Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||2015||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yaron|
|Another Period||2015–2018||Yes||Albert Downsy Jr.||14 episodes|
|Younger||2016||Yes||Hugh Shirley||2 episodes|
|Drunk History||2016–2019||Yes||Thomas Jefferson / Julius Caesar||2 episodes|
|Fresh Off the Boat||2017||Yes||Reggie||Episode: "Living with Eddie"|
|Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||2017||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yaron / Bill Clinton|
|Portlandia||2018||Yes||Brad||Episode: "Open Relationship"|
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||2018||Yes||Dr. Pratt||Episode: "Nathaniel Is Irrelevant."|
|Teachers||2018–2019||Yes||Pastor Ted||3 episodes|
|Tuca & Bertie||2019||Yes||(voice)||2 episodes|
|American Dad!||2020||Yes||Mailroom Guy (voice)||Episode: "Businessly Brunette"|
|Big City Greens||2021||Yes||Ronald Featherman (voice)||Episode: "Winter Greens"|
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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is a comedy streaming television series written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. First Day of camp is the second installment in the Wet Hot American Summer franchise. The eight-episode Netflix series is a prequel to Wain's 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, a parody of teen sex comedies which has since developed a cult following. Although many of the original film's ensemble cast have gone on to high-profile work, all of the then-adult actors returned for this series, playing even younger versions of their original roles. The episodes were released for online viewing at the end of July 2015.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is a satirical comedy streaming television series created by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. The Netflix series, which is part of the Wet Hot American Summer franchise, is a sequel to both Wain's 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, and the 2015 prequel television series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The series consists of eight episodes, and was released on August 4, 2017. The show is set in 1991 in both the camp and New York City. Showalter cited St. Elmo's Fire, Singles, and The Big Chill as inspirations.
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The State is an American comedy troupe. The troupe was founded by a group of New York University students in 1988, as an offshoot of the NYU improv comedy group The Sterile Yak; it was briefly named The New Group before landing on the name The State. The troupe's members are Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David Wain. As a group, the troupe is best known for creating and starring in the 1993-1995 MTV sketch comedy series The State. However, since the show aired, members of the troupe have frequently collaborated on other television and film projects, including Viva Variety, Reno 911!, and the Wet Hot American Summer media franchise. The comedy group Stella is composed of three of The State's members, Showalter, Black and Wain, and starred in the 2005 sketch comedy series Stella, among other works. Additionally, some members of The State have achieved independent success as comic actors, writers and directors.
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