When Camp Firewood celebrated its last day of camp in the summer of 1981, it was a time for revelry. Counselors were getting married, a NASA Skylab crisis was averted, love was made, gum was chewed, and a can of vegetables inspired the cook. It was the basis for Wet Hot American Summer, the then-unloved, but now beloved, “camp movie” satire created by David Wain.
Aging like a fine wine, WHAS has become something of a cult classic. However, what has truly earned it the significant amount of attention it’s amassed since its release is its cast. Some have starred in hit television series’, some have become major film directors, one has earned three Academy Award nominations, and one is an Avenger.
With the third visit to Camp Firewood releasing later this summer in Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, let’s take a look at where the WHAS cast has ended up, with Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Wet Hot American Summer.
16. Amy Poehler
Before Amy Poehler was the star that she is today (and even before she starred in Wet Hot American Summer), she was pioneering improvisational comedy with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade troupe. Along with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, she helped jump-start a new wave in live comedy. Now, it appears that all of her hard work has paid off.
Since starring in WHAS as Susie, Poehler has since gone on to star in Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, and Sisters, lend her vocal talents to Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out, and appear in shows and movies like Arrested Development, Mean Girls, and Kroll Show. Her latest film, The House, which also stars Will Ferrell and Jason Mantzoukas, received a paltry 18% on Rotten Tomatoes. Then again, WHAS itself rocks a meager 32%, so… maybe time will heal all wounds in this case, as well.
15. Michael Showalter
In WHAS, Michael Showalter was a fresh-faced comedian jumping off the successes of David Wain’s shows, The State and Stella. After WHAS, he stuck true to his roots and maintained a solid, albeit not-quite-mainstream, career in comedy — in acting and writing. As of late, however, he’s taken a much stronger turn towards directing, having just released the Kumail Nanjiani semi-autobiography, The Big Sick (which earned a solid 97% on Rotten Tomatoes).
Before that, he also directed Sally Fields in Hello, My Name Is Doris, The Baxter, and the TV series (which he also co-wrote and starred in alongside WHAS star Michael Ian Black) Michael and Michael Have Issues. In 2016, he co-created and co-wrote the sleuthing comedy series, Search Party, which stars Alia Shawkat and John Early.