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Nicholas Stoller

Nicholas Stoller (born March 19. 1976) is a British-American director, producer and screenwriter. He is known mainly for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors (2014), its 2016 sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, co-writing and executive producing The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, and writing and directing Storks (2016).

Nicholas Stoller
Born (1976-03-19) March 19, 1976 (age 42)
London, England, United Kingdom
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active2000–present
SpouseFrancesca Delbanco (m. 2005)


Early lifeEdit

Stoller was born in London, England, and was raised in Miami, Florida, U.S., with his brother, Matt. His mother, Phyllis, is a travel tour operator, and his father, Eric C. Stoller, is a bank executive.[1] Stoller was raised Jewish.[2] He attended high school at St. Paul's, a New Hampshire boarding school.[3] He went on to attend Harvard College and wrote for the comedy publication The Harvard Lampoon, and played for the improv comedy troupe The Immediate Gratification Players while an undergraduate.[1][4]


From 2000 to 2001, Stoller wrote for Judd Apatow's short-lived Fox television series Undeclared and later co-wrote, again with Apatow, the 2005 comedy Fun with Dick and Jane. Stoller’s directorial debut, the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is a romantic comedy starring Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Bill Hader and Russell Brand. The film was produced by Apatow Productions and was released by Universal on April 18, 2008.

In 2007, he wrote a single-camera comedy about a new teacher taking a job at the boarding school he once attended. He wrote Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey; the film was produced by Richard Zanuck and David Heyman. Stoller next wrote and directed a new film for Universal and Apatow Productions titled Get Him to the Greek.[5] The film reteamed Stoller and Apatow with Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-stars Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. The film premiered on May 25, 2010 and opened in theaters on June 4, 2010.

In 2008, Stoller and Segel co-wrote The Muppets, the latest film incarnation to feature the characters in nearly 12 years. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released on November 23, 2011.[6] After the film's success, Stoller and the film's director, James Bobin, wrote Muppets Most Wanted, a semi-sequel to the film.[7]

Stoller also directed The Five-Year Engagement (2012), which he co-wrote with Jason Segel, who also starred. Apatow Productions produced the picture, which is about the ups and downs of a couple's five-year engagement.[8] Stoller directed the film Neighbors, its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and shared a screenwriting credit on Sex Tape. In 2016, Stoller wrote and directed the animated comedy film Storks for Warner Animation Group. The film was released on September 23, 2016.

Along with his wife Francesca Delbanco, Stoller created the comedy television series Friends from College, which premiered on Netflix in July 2017. Stoller directed all eight episodes of the first season.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Stoller met Francesca Delbanco (daughter of writer Nicholas Delbanco and granddaughter of cellist Bernard Greenhouse) at a playwriting workshop for Harvard graduates in 2001. They married in a Jewish ceremony in September 2005.[1] They have two daughters.[3]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane No Yes No
2007 Blades of Glory No No No Soundtrack writer
Song: "Blades of Glory"
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Yes No No
Yes Man No Yes No Co-written with Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel
2009 Adventureland No No No Thanks
2010 Get Him to the Greek Yes Yes Yes
Gulliver's Travels No Yes No
2011 The Muppets No Yes Yes Co-written with Jason Segel; also executive producer
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Yes Yes Yes Co-written with Jason Segel
2013 Turbo No No No Additional screenplay material
2014 Muppets Most Wanted No Yes Yes Co-written with James Bobin; also executive producer
Neighbors Yes No No
Sex Tape No Yes No Co-written with Kate Angelo and Jason Segel
2016 Zoolander 2 No Yes No Co-written with Ben Stiller, John Hamburg, and Justin Theroux
The Brothers Grimsby No No No Special thanks
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Yes Yes No Co-written with Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O'Brien, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg
Storks Yes Yes Yes
2017 The Lego Batman Movie No No No Creative consultant
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie No Yes No Also soundtrack writer
Song: "Saturday"
The Lego Ninjago Movie No No No Creative consultant
2018 Night School No Yes No Co-written with Kevin Hart, John Hamburg, Harry Ratchford, Matt Kellard, and Joey Wells
Smallfoot No No Yes Executive producer
2019 Dora the Explorer No Yes No Co-written with Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
2020 Scooby No No Yes Executive producer


Year TV Series Role Notes
2000 Strangers with Candy Writer Episode: #2.10: A Price Too High for Riches
2001–2002 Undeclared Writer, Story Editor Various episodes
2010 In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber Himself Episode: Dennis Quaid/Damon Wayans/Nicholas Stoller
2010–2014 Made in Hollywood Himself Episodes: #5.28 and #9.28
2010–2014 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself Episodes: Episode dated 26 May 2010 and Nicholas Stoller/Theo Von/Cerebral Ballzy
2012 Entry Level Director, Writer, Executive Producer TV Movie
2014 IMDb: What to Watch Himself Episode: Neighbors
2014 Just Seen It Himself Episode: Neighbors, Interview with Nicholas Stoller, Devil's Knot, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2015 The Carmichael Show Writer
2015 The Grinder Director, Executive Producer
2017 Friends from College Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer Netflix original series


  1. ^ a b c Lacher, Irene (October 9, 2005), "Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller", The New York Times, retrieved April 10, 2008
  2. ^ Bloom, Nate (November 25, 2011). "Jewish Stars 11/25". Cleveland Jewish News.
  3. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (April 7, 2008), "Teen angst bring laughs film director won't 'Forget'",, retrieved May 26, 2010
  4. ^ "The Dark Side" WHRB radio interview, 2008
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (April 22, 2008), "Apatow, Stoller speak 'Greek'", Variety, retrieved April 26, 2008
  6. ^ "Jason Segel and Nick Stoller bring Muppets back". M&C Movie News. 13 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  7. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (2012-03-01). "No Jason Segel for Muppets Sequel". IGN. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
  8. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 28, 2008). "Apatow sets 'Five-Year Engagement'". Variety. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  9. ^ "Exclusive photos: Eclectic cast makes Netflix's 'Friends from College'". 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-08.

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