Join Nick Lamagna on The A Game Podcast with his guest, David Wain. He and his NYU classmates co-created and starred in the hit sketch show, MTV’s The State. He also is credited with an impressive list of acting, directing, writing and producing in movies such as Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Wanderlust and A Futile and Stupid Gesture among many others. Among the list of his television credits include the hilarious Medical Police, Children’s Hospital, Party Down and Stella!
Wain has created projects where today’s stars got their big break in acting including Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and worked alongside Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston and more as well as his core crew from NYU to this day In many projects. His Instagram and social media shows his many talents in art, music and magic for a true Renaissance Man!
By the end of this episode, you will realize how difficult it can be to be in this entertainment industry. It takes a lot of hard work, patience, and dedication because you will face a lot of rejections. We go deep into the mindset of a creator, we discuss time management, focus and persistence among other great topics in this outstanding interview with the always impressive David Wain. Wain shares his pieces of advice, regrets, updates on his current projects, and more. There’s a lot to unpack, you don’t want to miss this!
About David Wain:
David Wain is a director, writer, actor and comedian. He has directed six feature films, the most recent being the Sundance hit A Futile and Stupid Gesture (starring Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson & Emmy Rossum) which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (and on Netflix) last year. Previously he directed and co-wrote the movies Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Role Models, Wanderlust and They Came Together.
On television, he’s the co-creator, co-writer and director of Medical Police, an epic action comedy series which premieres on Netflix this coming January. His newest project is Today’s Special, a unique daily topical sitcom, currently pilot prep at Warner Media.
Previously he was co-creator (with Michael Showalter) and sole director of two Netflix eight-part mini-series: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. He also plays the swarthy, sexy Israeli counselor “Yaron.”
He was also an executive producer, writer, director and frequent guest star of Children’s Hospital, Adult Swim’s hit series starring Rob Corddry, Megan Mullally, Henry Winkler and Malin Akerman. The show ran for seven seasons, winning six Emmy Awards. (Medical Police is a spin-off of Children’s Hospital.)
He co-created and co-starred in two other TV series, both of which have an enduring cult following: The State (MTV) and Stella (Comedy Central).
He has written, directed and/or acted in dozens of other movies and TV shows including Broad City, Portlandia, Superstore, New Girl, Party Down, Drunk History, Another Period, Younger, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Superjail, Fresh Off the Boat and The Daily Show. He is the voice of Courtney (Gene’s necklace-sucking girlfriend) on Bob’s Burgers. his co-stars include Kerri Kenney-silver, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Thomas Patrick Lennon, Paul Rudd, Henry Winkler, Alan Alda and inspired comedians like Bert Kreischer so many more!
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