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David Benjamin Wain

(1969-08-01) August 1, 1969 (age 52)
Alma mater New York University
  • Comedian
  • actor
  • director
  • writer
Years active1991–present
Zandy Hartig
(m. 2009;div. 2015)
Website davidwain.com

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 .

Early life

Wain was born to a Jewish family [1] [2] in Shaker Heights, Ohio, the son of Nina (née Saul) and Norman Wain. [3] 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. [4]

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.

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Wain performing with a USO tour in 2015

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. [5]

Personal life

Wain lives in Los Angeles. He has two sons and is divorced from Zandy Hartig, an actress and producer. [6] [7]



TitleYearCredited asNotes
Aisle Six1992YesYesYesShort film; also editor
Keeping the Faith 2000YesSteve Posner
Bamboozled YesBunning
Wet Hot American Summer 2001YesYesYesYesPacoCo-producer
The Third Date2003YesRalphShort film
Along Came Polly 2004YesWedding VideographerUncredited
The Baxter 2005YesLouis Lewis
Delirious 2006YesByron
The Ten 2007YesYesYesYesAbe Grossman / Cartoon Voices
Reno 911!: Miami YesBreen the Plumber
Puberty: The MovieYesPrincipal Kirkpatrick
The Guitar 2008YesPhone Man
Role Models YesYesYesChevron Baine
I Love You, Man 2009YesWedding Photographer
Sleepwalk with Me 2012YesPete
Wanderlust YesYesYes
Thanks for Sharing YesAddict #2
Hell Baby 2013YesDr. Marsden
She Said, She SaidYesMediatorShort film
They Came Together 2014YesYesYesYesKeithExecutive producer
Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot 2015YesExecutive producer
Brother Nature 2016YesUncle Mel
The Second Sound BarrierYesShort film
Fun Mom Dinner 2017YesWayne
My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes 2018Short film; also narrator
A Futile and Stupid Gesture YesYesYesInterviewerExecutive producer
Under the Eiffel Tower YesFrank
Dog Days YesWacky Wayne
The Bob's Burgers Movie 2022YesCourtney Wheeler (voice)Completed


TitleYearCredited asNotes
You Wrote It, You Watch It 1992–1993YesYesYesVarious characters
The State 1993–1995YesYesYesVarious characters
The State's 43rd Annual
All-Star Halloween Special
1995YesYesYesVarious charactersTelevision special
The Daily Show 1996Correspondent
Apartment 2F 1997YesYesYesDavidSegment: "Finishing the Novel"
Random Play1999YesYesVarious characters
Strangers with Candy 2000YesEpisode: "The Blank Page"
Mad TV 2000–2001Yes
Sheep in the Big City 2000–2002YesYesStu (voice)Episode: "Belle of the Baaah"
Crank Yankers 2003YesAl Foster #1 / David2 episodes
Reno 911! 2003, 2008YesSam / Sensual Masseuse2 episodes
Cheap Seats without Ron Parker 2004YesBrian LewisEpisode: "High-School Cheerleading"
Stella 2005YesYesYesYesDavid10 episodes
Entourage 2006YesAgentEpisode: "Three's Company"
Wainy Days 2007–2011YesYesYesYesDavid
Superjail! 2007–2014YesThe Warden (voice)
Childrens Hospital 2008–2016YesYesYesYesRabbi Jewy McJewJew / various characters
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 2009YesShell DanteEpisode: "Hair"
Party Down 2010YesEpisode: "Not on Your Wife Opening Night"
New Girl 2012YesYesMale Race ParticipantEpisode: "Secrets"
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012YesGordon ThatchetEpisode: "Elizabeth Banks Wears a Red Dress"
Bob's Burgers 2012–2021YesCourtney / Grover (voice)12 episodes
Burning Love 2013YesReg DurjmahEpisode: "Dancing!"
The Greatest Event in Television History 2013YesBell TaintEpisode: "Hart to Hart"
Key & Peele 2013YesPerson at People Park #6Episode: "#3.13"
Newsreaders 2013–2015YesYesYesYesJim Davidson
Married 2014YesDavidEpisode: "Waffles & Pizza"
A to Z 2014YesEpisode: "F Is for Fight, Fight, Fight!"
Broad City 2015YesMaureen's ExEpisode: "Coat Check"
Weird Loners 2015YesHoward2 episodes
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 2015YesMaternityEpisode: "Paid Family Leave"
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp 2015YesYesYesYesYaron
Another Period 2015–2018YesAlbert Downsy Jr.14 episodes
Younger 2016YesHugh Shirley2 episodes
Drunk History 2016–2019Yes Thomas Jefferson / Julius Caesar 2 episodes
Fresh Off the Boat 2017YesReggieEpisode: "Living with Eddie"
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later 2017YesYesYesYesYaron / Bill Clinton
Portlandia 2018YesBradEpisode: "Open Relationship"
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 2018YesDr. PrattEpisode: "Nathaniel Is Irrelevant."
Teachers 2018–2019YesPastor Ted3 episodes
Tuca & Bertie 2019Yes(voice)2 episodes
Superstore 2019–2020YesDan3 episodes
Medical Police 2020YesYesYes
American Dad! 2020YesMailroom Guy (voice)Episode: "Businessly Brunette"
Big City Greens 2021YesRonald Featherman (voice)Episode: "Winter Greens"

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