Although it’s technically a prequel to the 2001 cult classic film, the new eight-episode series hit Netflix on July 17. The comedy includes original cast members Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper as well as other stars like “Mad Men’s” John Slattery.
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David Wain directed “Wet Hot American Summer” from a script he co-wrote with fellow “The State” alum Michael Showalter. His TV and film credits since then have included working with Rob Corddry and Jonathan Stern to develop the web-to-TV dark comedy “Childrens Hospital,” directing films “Wanderlust” and “Role Models” — both of which co-starred “Wet Hot” alum Paul Rudd — and partnering with Showalter and “State”/”Wet Hot’s” Michael Ian Black on the short-lived Comedy Central show “Stella.”
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Showalter has teamed up with fellow “State” and “Wet Hot” alum Michael Ian Black on projects like their Comedy Central show “Michael & Michael Have Issues” and the podcast “Topics.” He also wrote episodes of the Rebel Wilson sitcom “Super Fun Night.”
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Michael Ian Black
Aside from his work with Showalter and Wain, actor-comedian Black’s appearances include the popular web series “Burning Love” (which credits fellow “State”/”Wet Hot” alum Ken Marino as an executive producer), guest-starring on the short-lived TV show “Reaper,” repeated appearances on the VH1 “I Love The …” specials and his own Comedy Central specials. An active Twitter user, he also got attention for his spat-in-140-odd-characters with comedian Marc Maron.
Comedian-actress Garofalo had recurring parts on “24” and “The West Wing” and starred with Forrest Whitaker on the short-lived spinoff “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.” She’s had cameos on Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” and she lent her voice to the Disney/Pixar movie “Ratatouille.” Her stand-up special “If You Will” aired on Epix in 2010.
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David Hyde Pierce
“Frasier” alum Pierce received a Tony Award in 2007 for his starring role in the musical “Curtains” and has appeared in several other stage, film and television adaptations. Pierce came out in his Tony acceptance speech and has been a vocal supporter of gay marriage. He also works to promote Alzheimer’s disease research.
The former child star (she appeared in the “Mighty Ducks” movies) has recurring guest star roles on “What About Brian,” “Shameless” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Her film credits include “Queen of the Damned” and “Runaway Jury.”
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Orth was a series regular on science fiction series “Revolution” and also appeared on “30 Rock” and “Fringe” — as well as several short films from the “Stella” guys.
Despite a couple of roles (“Role Models,” “Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”), Miles is more known for his success behind the screen. He is the head writer on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and is an executive producer on Showalter’s Comedy Central series, which is in development.
Paul Rudd Judd Apatow’s go-to guy for good-looking male roles has starred in numerous films including “This is 40,” “Knocked Up” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” along with countless others in that genre. He co-starred in Adam Scott’s web project “The Greatest Event in Television History” and appeared on Billy Eichner’s “Billy on the Street.” He was an executive producer on Rob Thomas’ cult show “Party Down” and guest-starred on “Parks and Recreation.”
Despite his scene-stealing comedic moments in “Wet Hot,” Meloni is more known for TV dramas “Oz” and “Law and Order: SVU.” He also appeared in “Man of Steel,” “42,” “True Blood” and “Veep.”
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The “Saturday Night Live” alum guest-starred on “Bob’s Burgers,” “Raising Hope,” “Hannibal” and others. She starred with Selma Blair on the short-lived comedy “Kath & Kim” and received raves for Mike White’s (more dramatic) film “Year of the Dog.”
After appearing in “Wet Hot” as Victor Kulak, Marino enjoyed guest stints on beloved series such as “Dawson’s Creek” and “Veronica Mars” before headlining Starz’s cult comedy “Party Down.” He reteamed with David Wain for roles in “Childrens Hospital” and “Wanderlust,” and produces, directs and stars in “Bachelor” spoof series “Burning Love.” He’ll next be seen starring alongside Casey Wilson in NBC’s new fall comedy “Marry Me.”
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2001 was a big year for Poehler, which saw the release of “Wet Hot” and the start of her tenure on “Saturday Night Live.” Since then, Poehler has become one of comedy’s most beloved and respected luminaries, starring in NBC’s critically-acclaimed “Parks & Recreation,” stacking up appearances in shows and movies from “Arrested Development” and “30 Rock” to “Mean Girls” and “Louie,” and still finding time to become one of Hollywood’s favorite awards show hosts after fronting the 2012 and 2013 Golden Globes alongside Tina Fey.
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Banks has been a Hollywood mainstay since “Wet Hot,” with big screen turns in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy; “Seabiscuit”; “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”; and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” to name a few. Though she enjoyed memorable guest roles on comedies like “30 Rock” and “Scrubs,” in recent years she’s found herself quite at home in multiplexes, lending her voice to Wyldstyle in “The LEGO Movie” and appearing as the effervescent Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games” franchise. She is also directing “Pitch Perfect 2.”
Arguably “Wet Hot’s” biggest success story, Bradley Cooper graduated from TV roles on “Jack & Bobby” and “Alias” to headlining the blockbuster “Hangover” trilogy, which has grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide to date. Cooper subsequently parlayed that cinematic currency into dramatic projects, earning Oscar nominations for his wild performances in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.” He’ll next be heard in Marvel’s sci-fi actioner “Guardians of the Galaxy,” lending his voice to a genetically-engineered raccoon called Rocket.
Joe Lo Truglio
Lo Truglio has been a comedy staple for years both in front of the camera and behind it, appearing in laffers such as “Pineapple Express”; “Role Models”; “I Love You, Man”; “Paul”; “Party Down”; “Community”; “Burning Love”; “Wanderlust” and “Reno 911!” — reuniting with many of his “Wet Hot” costars in the process. He currently stars on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” alongside Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.
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H. Jon Benjamin
Benjamin undoubtedly made an impression as a wise (and surprisingly articulate) can of vegetables in “Wet Hot American Summer,” and his voice has subsequently become one of the most recognizable on the small screen, where he currently headlines FX’s “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers” for Fox. He’s also lent his dulcet tones to “Family Guy,” “Home Movies” and “The Venture Bros.,” among others.
The character actor is probably most famous for his roles in “The Big Bang Theory” and “Ugly Betty.” He also was in shows “Weeds” and “My Name Is Earl” and in films “Made Of Honor” and “Burn After Reading.”
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The “world champion” comedian and “30 Rock” co-star famous for his flair for head wear has also appeared in “American Splendor,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and the Mark David Chapman biopic “Chapter 27.” An avid wrestling fan, it’s only fitting that he also was in the Mickey Rourke movie “The Wrestler.”