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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ All-Star Roll Call: Then and Now

How the comedy MVP cast became huge since making the 2001 cult hit

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When the retro summer-camp-movie parody Wet Hot American Summer was released in 2001, comedy nerds and hardcore MTV viewers were hip to the cast. Few ordinary audience members knew anything about the likes of Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black or Ken Marino, however, which may explain why the movie flopped so hard at the box office. The core WHAS creative team was drawn from the sketch comedy troupe The State (which had its own self-titled MTV series between 1993 and 1995), but to bring the world of 1981 to life, writer-director David Wain called on young drama students, improv champs, and alt-comedy veterans — unwittingly assembling a roster of future all-stars.

Over the past 15 years, the film has become a cult hit, and many of the actors have gone on to phenomenal success; looking back now, it's incredible to see the sheer amount of marquee-name talent and recognizable supporting players on display. With Netflix's prequel miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp arriving on July 31st, here's a reminder of what the original players have been up to since they first left Camp Firewood.


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