David Wain

David Wain has made a career out of operating on both sides of the comedy spectrum, switching from intelligent absurdity to mainstream films with heart. With an impressive list of both feature films such as "Role ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1969 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

Another Period 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Week Ever 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Best Year Ever 2002 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crank Yankers 2002 - 2003, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Newsreaders 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2006, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The State 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2006, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob's Burgers 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Drunk History 2014 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Married 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Superjail 2006 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

Keith (Actor)

Childrens Hospital 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hell Baby 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Marsden (Actor)

Key & Peele 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Girl 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

Wedding Photographer (Actor)

Reno 911! 2003, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

Chevron Baine (Actor)

The Guitar 2008 (Movie)

Phone Man (Actor)

Delirious 2007 (Movie)

Byron (Actor)

Reno 911: Miami 2007 (Movie)

Breen the Plumber (Actor)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

Abe Grossman (Actor)

My Coolest Years 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baxter 2005 (Movie)

Louis Lewis (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sheep in the Big City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

Bunning (Actor)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

Steve Posner (Actor)

Random Play 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The State's 43rd Annual Halloween Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Broad City (Tv Show)

Actor
Director (9)

A to Z 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Party Down 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in Christmas 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Director

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Aisle Six 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strangers With Candy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Writer

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Diggers 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Music (4)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

("Party Tonight") (Song Performer)

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

("Party Tonight") (Song)

Role Models 2008 (Movie)

("Ass Butt Song") (Song)

Biography

David Wain has made a career out of operating on both sides of the comedy spectrum, switching from intelligent absurdity to mainstream films with heart. With an impressive list of both feature films such as "Role Models" (2008) and alternative comedy series like "Stella" (2005), he managed to infuse his singular style into all of his creative output. As a writer, director, actor and comedian, Wain permanently earned his cult status in the annals of comedy history with the short-lived but beloved sketch show, "The State" (MTV, 1993-95). Although the show only lasted for three seasons, it was hugely influential and successfully launched the careers of its cast-members: Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino and Wain. Named after the 11-person comedy troupe of the same name, the show was in the same vein of earlier progressive comedy shows like "Monty Python's Flying Circus," featuring fast-paced irreverent sketches that lampooned popular culture and featured a large array of characters and self-referential routines. While it was not an immediate success, the show is still name-checked by comedy nerds and critics alike.

Relationships

Zandy Hartig Actor

Wife

Norman Wain

Father

Henry Wain

Son

EDUCATION

Tisch School of the Arts New York University

1987 - 1991
Majored in Film and TV

Milestones

2008

His biggest box office hit to date, "Role Models," is released.

2007

"Children's Hospital" premiered, which Wain co-developed.

2001

Wain makes his directorial debut in with the cult comedy, "Wet Hot American Summer."

1997

Formed the comedy troupe, Stella with State alums, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, gets picked up as a show on Comedy Central in 2005

1992

The comedy troupe, now rebranded The State, starts developing programming for MTV.

Bonus Trivia

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Wain grew up in the same neighborhood where Paul Newman, Fred Willard and Molly Shannon were also raised.

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Landed first paid gig with The State opening up for Dennis Miller in 1990.

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"I guess every route is different, but ours did feel, in retrospect, pretty crazy; that we were handed the keys to a television show, not just as actors and writers, but really as producers, directors, and crew, right out of college." -- on The State from AV Club August 10, 2009.

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"I think there’s just something funny about our very existence. It’s unlikely, unwieldy, awkward, and probably smothered with onions and lox." -- from The Rumpus , March 24, 2009.

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Played in a band when he was 19 called Rockin’ Knights of Summer that toured different summer camps around New England while also playing drums in an R.E.M tribute band.

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