A.D. Miles[Photo: USA Films/NBC]
Amy Poehler[Photo: USA Films/HarperCollins]
Bradley Cooper[Photo: USA Films/Village Roadshow Pictures]
Christopher Meloni[Photo: USA Films/Why Not Productions]
David Hyde Pierce[Photo: USA Films/CBS]
Elizabeth Banks[Photo: USA Films/Lionsgate]
Joe Lo Truglio[Photo: USA Films/FOX]
H. Jon Benjamin[Photo: USA Films/FOX]
Ken Marino[Photo: USA Films/NBC]
Michael Ian Black[Photo: USA Films/Getty]
Michael Showalter[Photo: USA Films/Getty]
Paul Rudd[Photo: USA Films/Marvel]
Zak Orth[Photo: USA Films/CBS]
Is it me or is the Wet Hot American Summer cast the illuminati of comedy? Ever since the film came (and quickly went) in 2001, nearly every then-unknown actor has gone on to varying degrees of stardom — with most of them completely running Hollywood.
For example, when the film hit theaters Amy Poehler hadn’t even been cast on Saturday Night Live yet. In fact, this was only her third film credit. Today, she’s the godmother of comedy! Another prime example: Bradley Cooper. Then, he was still a struggling actor with a brief appearance on Sex & The City on his resume; Wet Hot American Summer was his first film role. He would later join Alias before dominating the film world with his Oscar-nominated roles in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
And because you are like me and love the movie so much that you literally have to stop yourself from watching it every night so you don’t spoil the fun of it all, you are desperate to see your favorite cast members back in theaters or on TV. You’re in luck! Ken Marino is starring on TV’s best new comedy, Marry Me, Elizabeth Banks is back in theaters as Effie in the latest installment of The Hunger Games (out Nov. 21), and A.D. Miles is writing the funniest jokes heard on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Damn, this cast is totes-magotes the MVP.
Check out where to find the rest of your WHAS favorites in the gallery, and hear more from Poehler herself, below.
[Photo: USA Films]