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David Benjamin Wain (born August 1, 1969) is an American comedian, writer, actor, and director. He is most widely known for directing the feature films Role Models, Wanderlust and for both creating the Wet Hot American Summer franchise and directing the feature film Wet Hot American Summer, and the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. He is also known for his work on the sketch comedy series The State; for producing, directing and writing the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital; and voicing The Warden on the Adult Swim series Superjail!. Wain is a founding member of comedy group Stella, along with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black, writing and starring in the Stella shorts and the later Stella TV series.
Wain at the 2010 Streamy Awards
David Benjamin Wain
August 1, 1969
Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||New York University|
(m. 2009; div. 2015)
Wain was born to a Jewish family in 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 would later come 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. After The State ended, he, Michael Ian Black, and Michael Showalter eventually 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.
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.
|Aisle Six||1992||Yes||Yes||Yes||Editor||Short film|
|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||2007||Yes||Breen the Plumber|
|Puberty: The Movie||2007||Yes||Principal Kirkpatrick|
|The Guitar||2008||Yes||Phone Man|
|Role Models||2008||Yes||Yes||Yes||Chevron Baine|
|I Love You, Man||2009||Yes||Wedding Photographer|
|Sleepwalk with Me||2012||Yes||Pete|
|Thanks for Sharing||2012||Yes||Addict #2|
|Hell Baby||2013||Yes||Dr. Marsden|
|She Said, She Said||2013||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||2016||Yes||Short film|
|Fun Mom Dinner||2017||Yes||Wayne|
|My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes||2018||Narrator||Short film|
|A Futile and Stupid Gesture||2018||Yes||Yes||Yes||Interviewer||Executive producer|
|Under the Eiffel Tower||2018||Yes||Frank|
|Dog Days||2018||Yes||Wacky Wayne|
|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||Yes||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||2012–2017||Yes||Courtney||4 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–present||Yes||Albert Downsy Jr.||12 episodes|
|Younger||2016||Yes||Hugh Shirley||2 episodes|
|Drunk History||2016||Yes||Thomas Jefferson||Episode: "Hamilton"|
|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."|
- The Jewish Chronicle: "'I’ve always been seen by other people as Jewish'" by Stephen Applebaum November 14, 2017
- Grantland: "Grantland Q&A: David Wain on ‘Wet Hot American Summer,’ On-Set Hookups, and Paul Rudd’s Aging Secrets"by Rachel Handler July 31, 2015
- "Nina Wain Obituary". The Palm Beach Post. West Palm Beach, Florida: Palm Beach Newspapers Inc. July 8, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2016 – via legacy.com.
- IMDB | Role Models – Box Office
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (October 19, 2016). "Alyssa Milano Joins Season 2 Of 'Wet Hot American Summer'". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
- "Bio —". Davidwain.com. 2015-07-31. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
- "The Force Awakens: One Woman's Conversion". Zandyhartig.com. 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2016-10-27.