Talking to David Wain & Joe Lo Truglio About Theater, Constructing A Well-Made Play, and Achieving Cult Comedy Status

Since their time with the sprawling 90’s MTV sketch group The State, David Wain and Joe Lo Truglio have gone on to, respectively, direct and act in several successful films including Wanderlust, Role Models, and the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. Yet, prior to gaining recognition on the big screen, the duo made a brief foray into the theater with their 1998 play, SEX (a.k.a Weiners and Boobs). Written along with fellow State member and Wain’s oft co-writer Michael Showalter, the play is an irreverent comedic romp, which in its original production starred the writers, and most notably, featured a scene from David Mamet’s GlenGarry Glen Ross that comes smack in the middle of the play.

For the first time in fourteen years Wain and Lo Truglio are reuniting with the original cast (minus Showalter) and special guests, including SNL’s Taran Killam, for a one night only performance on October 29th in New York City. Wain and Lo Truglio talked to us about their legacy in the theater, trodding the boards, and the emotional highs and lows of being cult comedy icons. READ MORE