David Wain

David Wain is a writer/director/actor/comedian who was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  He attended New York University where he was a founding member of The State. Wain, along with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter created the comedy troupe Stella which became a Comedy Central show.  David co-wrote/directed the films Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, and Role Models. He currently has multiple projects underway for television and film.


Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964.  He attended Northern Illinois University.  Walsh studied with Del Close at the Improv Olympic and was a member of Second City’s Comedy Troupe in Chicago.  He is a founding member of the famed Upright Citizens Brigade improv group and has appeared in numerous films including Old School, Road Trip, School For Scoundrels, Role Models, Semi-Pro, and The Hangover.


Dynamic Duo: Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter

Michael and Michael Have Issues, and on Wednesday July 15th at 10:30pm EST everyone is going to see them all in vivid technicolor.  This week Comedy Central begins airing the newest offering from these two Stella members.  The show is a behind the scenes viewing of  Michael and Michael’s efforts to produce a fictitious, sketch television program.  By interweaving footage from their group writing room, office interactions, outside lives, and sample sketches, viewers get a glimpse of both the creative process involved in producing a half hour comedy central style sketch show and their relationship.


Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter was born in 1970 and grew up in the Garden State.  He attended NYU and Brown Universities for college.  While at NYU he became involved in the sketch troupe, The State which began a long writing career with David Wain and Michael Ian Black.  Showalter has acted in numerous television shows including The State, Stella, and The Daily Show. He co-wrote and starred in the film Wet Hot American Summer and wrote/directed/starred in The Baxter. Michael teaches screenwriting in New York, continues to perform in stand up and sketch shows, and is acting/co-writing/co-producing the new show Michael and Michael Have Issues for Comedy Central.


Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black was born in Chicago in 1971 and grew up in New Jersey.  While attending New York University for college, he and several other classmates started The New Group sketch troupe, which later was renamed The State.  Michael performed with The State for years and acted in several television programs including Ed, The State, and Stella. He has acted in numerous films including Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, and The Ten. He wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze and co-wrote the screenplay for the recent film, Run Fat Boy Run. He co-stars in the new Comedy Central show Michael and Michael Have Issues with his friend, and former The State/Stella collaborator  Michael Showalter starting July 15th at 10:30pm EST.

Stephen Belber

Stephen Belber was born in Washington, DC in 1967. He is a graduate of the Julliard Playwriting Program and is the author of numerous plays which have been performed on Broadway, off Broadway, and regionally.  The playwright has received commissions from Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, and The Arena Stage.  Stephen has written for television shows including Rescue Me and Law and Order: SVU.  Several of his screenplays have been produced including Drifting Elegant, Tape, and Management, his directorial debut which premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival. Management stars Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn.

Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman was born in 1977 in Montreal.  Reitman attended USC where he studied English LIterature.  In 2005 Reitman won the TFCA Award at the Toronto Film Festival for his directorial debut, Thank You For Smoking.  He won several awards for his screenplay for the same film.  Reitman directed his second picture, Juno , in 2008 and was nominated for and Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing.  His next film, Up In The Air (2009) stars George Clooney.

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd was born in 1969 in Passaic, NJ.  Rudd has performed in numerous plays on and off Broadway and in London’s West End.  In Rudd’s film career he has worked with directors including Baz Luhrmann, Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, and David Wain on projects like Romeo and Juliet, Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and The Ten.

Paul co-wrote the screenplay for the film Role Models with David Wain, Ken Marino, and Timothy Dowling.  Rudd is one of the creators and writers of Starz’s television series, Party Down.

I try to ride anyone’s coattails who is really talented or really funny.

Neil La Bute
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Neil LaBute

Neil LaBute was born on March 19, 1963.  He attended Brigham Young University for his B.A and graduate theater programs at the University of Kanas and New York University.  LaBute has enjoyed numerous off Broadway and regional productions of his plays.   The author has also become famous for his film productions, which began with his Sundance Award winning film In The Company of Men (1997).  He won the Cannes Film Golden Palm Award in 2000 for his direction of the film, Nurse Betty.  His play Reasons To Be Pretty was produced on Broadway in 2009 and nominated for the Tony for Best Play.  He just finished directing the Chris Rock scribed film, Death At A Funeral.

Keep the mental attitude of, It’s a matter of when, not if. Don’t let doubt even enter the equation.