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David Wain on Making Movies: "The Lower the Budget, the More Fun It Is to Do"

"I feel like the circumstances of making a movie and the budget level and the spirit around the making of it can't help but show up onscreen … The lower the budget, the more fun it is to do, just because there's more freedom. Sometimes those obstacles spark creative solutions, and fun solutions. It just seems like there's an energy there."

- David Wain in an interview with The Dissolve about some of the films that have most impacted him at different points of his life, including Sleeper, Rambo, and Do the Right Thing.

Seth Meyers Asks David Wain About the 'Wet Hot American Summer' Prequel

Here's a clip from David Wain's visit to last night's Late Night, in which he talks a little about They Came Together before Meyers asks him about the in-the-works Wet Hot American Summer prequel. Click through for another clip from the interview where Wain talks about some of his very first jobs and bonds with Meyers over their shared love of video games.

Watch the Trailer for 'They Came Together', Starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd and Directed by David Wain

One of the most anticipated comedy films of 2014 is They Came Together, which reunites the Wet Hot American Summer gang to goof on romantic comedies. Here's the brand new trailer for the movie, which stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, was directed by David Wain, was co-written by Wain and Michael Showalter, and features one hell of a supporting cast.

David Wain's 'They Came Together' Has a Super Funny Poster

Director David Wain's new movie, They Came Together, is our most anticipated comedy film of 2014, and Buzzfeed just debuted a poster for the movie, a rom-com parody starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, that's packed with jokes and some out of context quotes from the website Deadline. They Came Together premieres at the Sundance Film Festival later this month but doesn't have an official release date yet.

Check out the first clip from the movie, the full-sized poster, and a statement about the film from David Wain below (via Buzzfeed):

How Stella Kicked Off the Internet Comedy Boom

Because we live in a time of comedic plenty, it’s hard to remember what life was like before the comedy boom. YouTube was only invented in 2005 and, as recently as ten years ago, a person had to do some serious digging to find something funny on the Internet — outside of some lame joke that a friend or family member forced down your throat on a chain e-mail that was most likely sent from an AOL or Hotmail account.

Some would argue that current age of online comedy began with the advent of YouTube; while others would state that Funny or Die started the trend in 2007; still [...]

'They Came Together': Beating a Dead Horse with Efficiency and Spite

Made by smart, talented comedy people and starring smart, talented comedy people, They Came Together is a dumb movie. It's built on dumb ideas and executed as dumbly as possible, and that's the point. Slickly directly by David Wain and starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, They Came Together is a self-assuredly dumb parody of the romantic comedy, intent on skewering the genre's worst instincts mainly by reproducing them in a biting tone dripping with mockery. To be clear, this movie doesn't give romcoms a good-natured roasting — it's straight up mean. Nearly every scene features a clever riff on the familiar beats of a romcom formula, and even when Wain's absurdist sensibility closest [...]

David Wain Talks 'They Came Together,' 'Superjail,' and The State Reuniting

Voicing the lead character on a returning animated series, preparing for the theatrical release of a new romantic comedy spoof, announcing the reunion of a groundbreaking comedy group, and keeping very hush-hush about a long-awaited project. These are just a few of the things that writer, director, actor, and comedian David Wain has been up to. I chatted with Wain about Superjail! (Season 4 premieres June 15th at 11:45 p.m.), his next movie They Came Together, The State reuniting for Tenacious D's comedy festival, and how to talk to your children about your dirty sense of humor.

David Wain Stars with Aimee Mann in a Music Video About the Common Cold

Here's a new video for a song performed by musician Aimee Mann in which comedy director/writer/actor David Wain plays a scientist who cures the common cold. Mann and Dave Foley also make appearances. The song is from The Daily Show's Rob Kutner and the Levinson brothers' new comedy/music album 2776, which comes out on the 4th of July and features guest appearances from Will Forte, Ed Helms, Paul F. Tompkins, Maria Bamford, Patrick Stewart, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Andrew W.K., Martha Plimpton, The Sklar Brothers, Simon Helberg, Jonathan Katz, and more. In December, they released a video for the album featuring Eugene Mirman, Ira Glass, and Yo [...]

Sundance 2014 Adds Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, and More David Cross to Its Lineup

Following last week’s announcement of Sundance’s 2014 lineup, yesterday the festival announced its crop of new films set to premiere this year, adding another David Cross project as well as films featuring Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, and more. The comedy selection ranges from dark to romantic to touring one-man show; take a look at some selections from the lineup below:

Hits – Directed and written by David Cross. In a small town in upstate New York, recklessness disturbs the lives of the people who dwell there as they wallow in unrealistic expectations. Cast: Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Matt Walsh, Wyatt Cenac.

Watch John Vanderslice Interview the Stella Guys

Here's a really silly interview between musician John Vanderslice and Stella (Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain) that serves as proof that the Stella guys should never be apart from each other.

David Wain and His Parodies of Exuberance

There are many ways to go about parodying a form, however from Mel Brooks’ smug send-ups to Nathan Fielder’s biting critique of the types of non-fiction programming available on modern TV, most of these attempts hardly come from a place of love. With Brooks and his ilk such as the Zucker/Abraham team, nothing is treated as too sacred to be made a mockery of with a oft-insensitive joke. Fielder is so mean-spirited in his treatment of the laymen he claims to attempt to be helping that my tricks-averse girlfriend cringed her way through one episode of Nathan For You with me before shooting me a look of severe disapproval and [...]

Netflix in Talks for a 10-Episode 'Wet Hot American Summer' Prequel Series

There's been talk about a prequel/sequel to director David Wain's cult hit Wet Hot American Summer for years now, and now, it looks like that project may wind up being a prequel TV series. Variety reports that Netflix is in talks to produce a 10-episode series that would serve as a prequel to Wet Hot American Summer. The hypothetical series would be executive produced by Wain and his co-writer on the original film, Michael Showalter, although it's unclear if they'll return to write/direct the show. Netflix has declined to comment.

The prequel series will follow the original movie's characters in high school, with plans to reunite as much [...]

Listen to Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Tom Scharpling, and More Cover 'The Super Bowl Shuffle'

Radio host Sean Cannon assembled an all-star team of celebrities to record a new version of sports novelty song "The Super Bowl Shuffle" for the charity Reading Is Fundamental. The cover track features comedians Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Tom Scharpling, Kyle Kinane, and Dave Hill, and non-comedy people Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav), Honus Honus (Man Man), John Roderick (The Long Winters), pro wrestler Colt Cabana, and internet celebrity cat Lil Bub.

Listen to the new version of "Super Bowl Shuffle" below:

Adult Swim Renews 'Newsreaders' for Season 2

Adult Swim's 60 Minutes parody Newsreaders is coming back for a second season. Co-creator David Wain revealed on the podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend this week that production is about to begin on the 15-minute comedy's second season, although Adult Swim has yet to make an official announcement about the renewal.

A spinoff of Childrens Hospital, Adult Swim is a faux-news magazine hosted by  Louis LaFonda (played by Mather Zickel) that's created and executive produced by the Childrens Hospital team of Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and David Wain. Corddry, Paul Scheer, Michael Showalter, and Wyatt Cenac, amongst others, contributed as writers during the first season, which debuted in [...]