David Wain

David Wain 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" ... Read more »
Born: 08/01/1969 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Another Period 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daily Show 1996 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Week Ever 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 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)

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 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Married 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Superjail 2006 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

Keith (Actor)

Hell Baby 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Marsden (Actor)

Key & Peele 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Love You, Man 2009 (Movie)

Wedding Photographer (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 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baxter 2005 (Movie)

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

Actor

Broad City (Tv Show)

Actor
Director (8)

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

(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)

Childrens Hospital (Tv Show)

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 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, including Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Thomas Lennon and Kerry Kinney. 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" (BBC 1969-74), 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 became a genuine cult sensation name-checked by comedy nerds and critics alike. Wain's ongoing success with films like "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001) made him a major figure on the 21st century comedy scene.

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

2015

Directed, co-wrote and co-starred in Netflix series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"

2014

Directed romantic comedy satire "They Came Together," co-written with Michael Showalter and starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler

2013

Co-created Adult Swim comedy "News Readers" with Rob Corddry and Jonathan Stern

2012

Wrote and directed "Wanderlust," starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston

2008

Co-wrote and directed hit comedy "Role Models," starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott

2008

Co-created Adult Swim comedy "Childrens Hospital" with Rob Corddry and Jonathan Stern

2007

Wrote and directed religious satire "The Ten"

2007

Created, directed and wrote the web series "Wainy Days"

2005

Starred in absurdist sketch comedy series "Stella" with Showalter and Black.

2001

Directed and co-wrote cult comedy "Wet Hot American Summer"

1997

Formed comedy troupe Stella with fellow State alums Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black

1995

Co-wrote and starred in the final project of The State, the CBS special "The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special"

1993

Co-wrote and co-starred in MTV sketch comedy series "The State"

1992

Made TV debut when The State appeared on MTV's "You Wrote It, You Watch It," hosted by Jon Stewart

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

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In 1991, Wain co-wrote the TV music documentary "Two Rooms: A Tribute To Elton John and Bernie Taupin," based on the hit tribute album of the same name.

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Wain was a member of the writing staff for "MADtv" during its 2000-01 season.

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