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Wet Hot American Summer: Then and Now

<em>Wet Hot American Summer</em>: Then and Now

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In 2001, writer/director David Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter gathered an immensely talented ensemble cast for a funny flick called “Wet Hot American Summer” about counselors trying to get things done on the last day of summer camp.

Now 14 years later, Wain and Showalter are back with the full original ensemble in tow for an eight part Netflix series by the same name. With that said, a lot has changed in the past fifteen years. would like to take a moment to reflect on the past and present careers of the film’s core players.


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Gerald ‘Coop’ Cooperberg in “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001)

THEN: Showalter was on the rise coming off his outings with MTV, back in the 90’s when MTV was a vibrant and cutting edge content provider before the plague of reality TV took over. A short five years after his sketch comedy show “The State,” Showalter and David Wain (“Role Models”) team up to pen what would become a cult-comedy, “Wet Hot American Summer.”



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Showalter (left) and his silent writing partner, Snowflake (right).

NOW: After a series of short lived television shows including “Stella”, “The Michael Showalter Showalter” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues” as well as a few sporadic guest appearances, Showalter has re-teamed with Wain to bring their “Wet Hot American Summer” cast to Netflix in an eight-part series.

About The Author


Since his wee lad-dom, Pooya has been a sommelier of cinema. It was likely some acting bug, fallen from the dust riddled ruby curtains of an enchanted old stage that did it. Those cinematic scarabs must have burrowed deep into his brain, irreversibly altering his mind, turning the poor boy down a dismal path. From his earliest years the strange boy would aimlessly wander the aisles of countless video rental stores, amassing his trivial knowledge with vigor. These actions befuddled the boy’s parents, who still would lovingly oblige his unusual attraction to the motion picture. Often seeking refuge in the cushioned seating of his local movie theater, the odd adolescent would immerse himself in the scripted and effects riddled realities unfolding on the screen before him. During his collegiate years, he was twice spotted on stage performing bizarre theatrical rituals before awe-struck audiences. When he departed from academia, he left behind his youth in exchange for a labor routine, but the strange young man never lost his long-cultivated love of film. Recently, Pooya was approached by to join their budding team of entertainment bloggers. After hours of coaxing and an undisclosed number of honey jars, he accepted their offer. Finally he had come full circle. Finally, at, he was home.

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