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Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
(born June 17, 1970) is an American comedian, actor, director, writer and producer. He is a member of the sketch comedy trio Stella. Showalter first came to recognition as a cast member on MTV's The State, which aired from 1993 to 1995. He and David Wain co-wrote and starred in Wet Hot American Summer
Wet Hot American Summer
(2001), and Showalter wrote and directed The Baxter
The Baxter
(2005), in which he starred with Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux
Justin Theroux
and Elizabeth Banks. Both of the films featured many of his co-stars from The State, and so do several of his other projects. Showalter is also a co-creator, co-producer, actor, and writer for the TV series Search Party.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of Elaine Showalter (née Cottler), an author, literary critic, and professor, and English Showalter, a Yale-educated professor of 18th century French literature.[1] His father is Episcopalian and his mother is Jewish.[2][3] He has one older sister, Vinca Showalter LaFleur, a professional speechwriter. He attended Princeton High School. For five years, Showalter shared an apartment with his friend, comedian and actress Andrea Rosen.[4] Career[edit] Showalter began his undergraduate studies at New York University, where he joined the sketch comedy group The New Group. He transferred to and graduated from Brown University. After he completed college, The New Group changed its name to The State and began creating video shorts for an MTV show called You Wrote It, You Watch It, hosted by Jon Stewart. The State was then picked up as its own show, which aired for two years on MTV. Showalter has also had several smaller roles in movies and TV shows. He played Ron Parker, the arrogant host of Cheap Seats, on ESPN Classic in the pilot episode. However, after a bookcase fell on Showalter's character, tape librarians (and brothers) Randy and Jason Sklar took over the hosting duties. Showalter spent a brief time as a correspondent on The Daily Show
The Daily Show
(1996). He is also one half of The Doilies, an acoustic comedy band, in which he sings lead vocals opposite guitarist Zak Orth. In 2005 he wrote, directed and starred in the film The Baxter.

Showalter in 2007

Showalter is the host of The Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
Showalter, an original Internet series on Collegehumor.com
which premiered January 16, 2007. His first guest was comedian Zach Galifianakis. Other guests have included David Cross, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, David Wain, Andy Samberg, Michael Cera, and Mike Birbiglia. In the fall and winter of 2006, Showalter toured the US with frequent collaborator Michael Ian Black. In March 2007 Showalter briefly toured as the opening act for Janeane Garofalo. The Ten
The Ten
reunites him with frequent collaborators from The State. Showalter signed with JDub Records, a non-profit record label, in June 2007. He released his first stand-up CD titled Sandwiches & Cats in November 2007. He teaches screenwriting at New York University's Graduate Film School. Showalter teamed up once more with Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black
in the Comedy Central series Michael and Michael Have Issues,[5] which premiered in July 2009.[6] The show detailed the two Michaels' trials and tribulations as they create a television series. They confirmed the series' cancellation in early 2010. In an interview with The Rumpus in February 2009, Showalter talked about a memoir he is working on. "I am writing an 'important' memoir about not being able to write an important memoir. It winds up being kind of a novel-length comedic essay on insecurity and procrastination."[7] The book, Mr. Funny Pants, was published in February 2011.[8] He appeared twice on the NBC
drama Law & Order: in the episode "Endurance", which aired on October 18, 2000, and in the episode "Reality Bites", which aired on October 16, 2009.[9] Showalter also appeared in a series of commercials advertising the Toyota Yaris, starting in late 2011.[10] In 2013 Showalter and Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black
launched a podcast called "Topics" in which the duo discuss evergreen topics in a serious manner, although if something funny comes up, it's okay.[11]7 Showalter was a writer on the ABC sitcom Super Fun Night. In 2014, Showalter co-wrote with David Wain
David Wain
They Came Together. Wain and Showalter then co-wrote the eight-episode Netflix prequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp based on the 2001 film with almost the entire cast of the original film returning. Showalter himself appeared as Gerald "Coop" Cooperberg and President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
in the series. The series premiered on July 31, 2015, and was more well received by critics. He also co-wrote and starred in the Netflix sequel Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later which premiered in 2017.[12] In 2015 his film Hello, My Name Is Doris
Hello, My Name Is Doris
debuted at SXSW, where it was acquired by Roadside Attractions. It was released in the United States in March 2016, and received critical acclaim. His 2017 film The Big Sick starred Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. It saw a wide theatrical release and had an overwhelmingly positive 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Personal life[edit] Showalter married Anne Kalin Ellis on January 16, 2011, in New York.[13] In June 2011, his wife gave birth to twins.[14] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1996 Tick Clifford Short film

2001 Wet Hot American Summer Gerald "Coop" Cooperberg/Alan Shemper Also writer and co-producer

2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Stephen

2002 Signs Lionel Prichard

2002 Stella shorts Michael Also writer and director

2002 Operation Midnight Climax Chip

2004 Hair High Wally (voice)

2005 The Baxter Elliot Sherman Also writer and director

2006 Griffin & Phoenix Terry's Fiancé

2007 The Ten Police Lt. Flarn Bleern

2007 Reno 911!: Miami Paul

2008 Birthday Michael Short film

2013 Bum Future Fred Short film

2014 They Came Together

Writer and producer

2014 Two Night Stand Rick Raines

2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris

Writer, director, and executive producer

2017 The Big Sick


TBA The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob[15]



Year Title Role Notes

1992–1993 You Wrote It, You Watch It Various characters Also writer

1993–1995 The State Various characters Also creator and writer

1995 The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special Various characters Television special; also writer

1996 The Daily Show Correspondent

1997 Apartment 2F Phil 4 episodes

1999 1999 MTV Movie Awards


1999 Random Play Various characters Also additional writer

2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Plasma Boy (voice) Episode: "The Plasma Monster"

2000, 2009 Law & Order Artie Kramer / Allen Gee 2 episodes

2003 Sex and the City Billy Episode: "The Post-It Always Sticks Twice"

2003–2005 The Wrong Coast


2004–2006 Cheap Seats Ron Parker

2005 Stella Michael Also creator, writer, and executive producer

2008 Wainy Days Landon Episode: "Molly"

2008 The Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
Showalter Host Also creator and executive producer

2009 Michael & Michael Have Issues Michael Showalter Also creator writer, director, and executive producer

2012 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Gordon Scheer Uncredited

2013 You're Whole Dr. Robert Wexler Also series director

2013 Inside Amy Schumer Steve Episode: "Bad Decisions"

2013–2014 Super Fun Night

Wrote 2 episodes

2013–2014 Newsreaders

Wrote 2 episodes

2014 Bob's Burgers Ethan (voice) Episode: "The Kids Rob a Train"

2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Clyde Bryllis Episode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"

2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Coop / President Reagan 8 episodes; also creator, writer, and executive producer

2015 Jammers Jeremy / Cool Guy / Ol' Drippy (voice) Pilot

2015 The Grinder Sandy Malmuth Episode: "Dedicating This One to the Crew"

2015–2016 Childrens Hospital Nils Vildervaan Also wrote 4 episodes

2016 Love

Directed episode: "Closing Title Song"

2016 Giles Vanderhoot Giles Vanderhoot Also writer, director, and executive producer

2016 American Dad! Mark (voice) Episode: "Bahama Mama"

2016 Grace and Frankie

Directed episode: "The Boar"

2016–present Search Party Max 2 episodes; also creator, writer, and executive producer

2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Coop / President Reagan 8 episodes; also creator, writer, and executive producer


^ " Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
Biography (1970–)". Filmreference.com. June 17, 1970. Retrieved November 15, 2012.  ^ "Romantic Comedy Loser Finds Love", Jewish
Journal, September 2, 2005. ^ The Jewish
Chronicle: "'I’ve always been seen by other people as Jewish'" by Stephen Applebaum November 14, 2017 ^ Eliot Glazer (October 11, 2007). "Inside With: Andrea Rosen". The Apiary.  ^ "Michael Ian Black: Come See Michael & Michael Have Issues". Michaelianblack.typepad.com. July 31, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2012.  ^ Martin, Denise (February 18, 2009). " Comedy Central
Comedy Central
commits to 'Michael and Michael Have Issues'". LA Times. Retrieved February 19, 2009.  ^ "The Rumpus Interview With Michael Showalter". The Rumpus.net. Retrieved November 15, 2012.  ^ "Amazon.com: Mr. Funny Pants".  ^ "the comic's comic: Law & Order sets new record for comedians in an episode that's not about comedy". Thecomicscomic.typepad.com. September 18, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012.  ^ Friar, Christine (September 21, 2011). "Michael Showalter's Toyota Commercials Make Us Want To Buy A Yaris (VIDEOS)". Huffington Post.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013.  ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2016-10-19). "Alyssa Milano Joins Season 2 Of 'Wet Hot American Summer'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-25.  ^ "Ep. 634: Where Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
CNET TV Video Product Reviews, CNET Podcasts, Tech Shows, Live CNET Video". Cnettv.cnet.com. July 15, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2012.  ^ " Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
Welcomes Twins With Wife Anne Kalin Ellis". June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2016.  ^ Setoodeh, Ramin. " Michael Showalter
Michael Showalter
to Direct 'The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob' for Fox Searchlight (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 

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interview, July 15, 2005 "Michael Showalter, comedian & filmmaker", The Michael Showalter Showalter Premiere Episode with Zach Galifianakis Michael Showalter
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