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David Benjamin Wain (born August 1, 1969) is an Americanmarker comedian, writer, actor and director. He is best known for the feature films Role Models, Wet Hot American Summer, the 1990s' sketch comedy series The State, and the Comedy Central show Stella. Wain was a founding member of Stella, along with Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black.

Biography

Early life

Wain was born in Shaker Heights, Ohiomarker. A graduate of New York Universitymarker film school, Wain first began his career in 1991 as a writer/director, with the short film Aisle Six. The film stars Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Patrick Jann and other members of The State. In 1988 while attending NYU, Wain became a founding member of the sketch comedy group The New Group. This group would later come to be known as The State, and in 1993 he and his fellow members created and starred in The State, a sketch show that lasted four seasons on MTV. After The State ended, he, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter all became interested in the alternative comedy scene in New York. The three eventually formed the comedy trio Stella.

Career

He has worked on many other shows and short films, often writing or directing but sometimes acting in them as well.

His first feature film Wet Hot American Summer (2001) is an enduring cult phenomenon, an absurdist summer camp comedy starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black and Elizabeth Banks. Wain directed the film, and co-wrote/co-produced it with Michael Showalter, who also plays a lead role.

His second feature film The Ten (Starring Winona Ryder, Paul Rudd and a large ensemble cast of well known actors) had a short theatrical run and was released on DVD on January 15th, 2008.

Wain's third feature, Role Models, starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch and Elizabeth Banks, was his first wide-release and perhaps his big break into mainstream popularity. Released in theaters on November 7, 2008, the raunchy R-rated received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, as well as achieving surprising success at the box office earning $19 million dollars opening weekend. Its eventual worldwide gross was over $91 million.

Wain stars in a web series titled Wainy Days on the website My Damn Channel, already in its fourth season. The series follows a fictionalized version of Wain through his everyday life as he tries to form relationships with numerous women and discusses his problems with his friends at the sweatshop where he works. Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Jason Sudeikis, Rob Corddry, Thomas Lennon, Josh Charles, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, and Michael Ian Black, and various other Stella/The State/Wet Hot American Summer alum have all guest-starred in various episodes.

As one third of the comedy troupe Stella, Wain has hosted a long running NYC nightclub show, toured the USA, made a series of shorts, and created a 2005 series on Comedy Central.

Wain is featured as the voice of The Warden in the animated series Superjail!. He was a featured commentator in the I Love the 70s series, I Love the 90s Part Deux series, and the weekly VH1 show Best Week Ever. Wain has also dabbled in theatre. He, Michael Showalter and Joe Lo Truglio wrote the play SEX, aka Wieners and Boobs. With The State, Wain co-wrote the book State by State with The State. He has appeared in such movies as The Baxter, Keeping the Faith and Role Models.

Personal Life

Wain lives in New York Citymarker. He married long time girlfriend Zandy Hartig on February 26, 2009. They have one son, born December 2007.

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