MICHAEL SHOWALTER (Co-writer, Actor) and DAVID WAIN (Director, Co-writer) have been colleagues and friends since they met at NYU in 1988.
As members of the comedy troupe The State (along with W.H.A.S. cast members Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio, and Ken Marino; and Kevin Allison, Ben Garant, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney, and Thomas Lennon), they co-created, -wrote, -edited and -produced an award-winning and critically acclaimed MTV series, a special for CBS, a book for Hyperion Press, and an album for Warner Bros. The State also toured the United States, and performed the sketch show "Molt" off-Broadway.
They are creators and performers, with Michael Ian Black, of "Stella," a comedy trio which has spawned a six-year running nightclub show in Manhattan, a series of short films, a pilot for VH1, and now a three man show.
Showalter and Wain also co-wrote (with Joe Lo Truglio) a play, "Sex, a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs," which completed successful runs in New York and Los Angeles. They have created short films for various shows on MTV and VH1. After having spent the past year making W.H.A.S., they are now prepping a series of projects, including their next movie, "They Came Together," a spoof of romantic comedies, and a pilot of WET HOT for Fox-TV.
In addition to their collaborations, they have both worked as writers and actors on TV, theater, and film projects. Wain's directing experience includes the award-winning short film "Aisle Six" (which screened at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival), short films and videos for The State, and music videos. He is slated to direct an untitled high school comedy film he's writing for Dreamworks.
Natives of Princeton, New Jersey and Shaker Heights, Ohio, respectively, Showalter and Wain attended NYU and Brown University. The both live in New York.
Click here for an interview with Showalter and Wain from January 2001.
More info at michaelshowalter.net and davidwain.com