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David Wain

David Wain is a New York-based director, writer and performer. Last year, he directed, produced and co-wrote (with Ken Marino) the feature comedy The Ten. Based on the Ten Commandments, this quirky interrelated story features Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Gretchen Mol, Rob Corddry, Famke Janssen, Jessica Alba, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Adam Brody, Ken Marino and Justin Theroux. Wain's first feature film (as director, co-writer and co-producer) was the 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd and Molly Shannon. It received rave reviews, including being listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's top-10 films of the year, was re-released in theaters as a midnight movie in 2003, and still maintains a loyal following on DVD, college campuses and midnight screenings.

In 2005, Wain was a co-star, executive producer, co-writer and director of the Comedy Central series Stella. Stella follows the modern-day Marx Brothers adventures of Wain, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black. In addition to the TV series, the Stella live stage show played to sold-out audiences all across the country and aired on Comedy Central as a special. The 26 Stella Shorts, featuring Wain and his partners, are collected on a popular DVD.

In 1988, Wain joined the comedy troupe The State, for which he co-created an award winning and critically acclaimed MTV series. The State also did a special for CBS, a book for Hyperion Press, an album for Warner Bros., toured the United States and performed their sketch show Molt and off-Broadway. In addition to directing more than 80 short films for The State, Wain served as cast member, supervising producer, writer and editor.

On television, Wain has written, directed and/or performed on shows such as Mad TV (FOX); The Cosby Show (NBC); You Wrote It You Watch It; Idiot Savants (MTV); Best Week Ever; Random Play; Retroflix Live; I Love the ‘70s (VH1); Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!; Sheep in the Big City (Cartoon Network); The Daily Show With Jon Stewart; Crank Yankers; and Strangers with Candy (Comedy Central). As an actor, he appears in the feature films Bamboozled, Keeping the Faith, The Baxter and Delirious, as well as the upcoming films The Guitar and I Love You, Man. He plays the lead character of The Warden on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim series Superjail! Wain also creates, writes, directs and stars in the Internet phenomenon, Webby Award-winning series Wainy Days.

Wain grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated from NYU film school.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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David Wain Facts

OccupationActor, Screenwriter, Director
BirthdayAugust 1, 1969 (54)
BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.