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As a member of the comedy troupe The State, Michael Showalter co-created, -wrote, -edited and -produced an award-winning and critically acclaimed MTV series, a special for CBS, a book for Hyperion Press, and an album for Warner Bros. The State also toured the United States, and performed the sketch show "Molt" off-Broadway. In 2001, Michael starred-in, co-wrote and co-produced (David Wain directed) the feature film Wet Hot American Summer, a comedy about the last day of summer camp in 1981, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Michael Black and many others. Wet Hot premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, was released theatrically that summer, and is now a weekly midnight movie at the Village East in New York. (David Ansen of Newsweek called it the funniest film of the year.) After having spent the past year making W.H.A.S., Showalter and Wain began prepping a series of projects, including their next movie, "They Came Together," a spoof of romantic comedies, and a pilot of WET HOT for Fox-TV. In addition, they created numerous short films for various shows on MTV and VH1. Showalter and Wain then co-wrote (with Joe Lo Truglio) a play, "Sex, a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs," which completed successful runs in New York and Los Angeles. Showalter is also a creator and performer, with Michael Ian Black and David Wain, of STELLA, a comedy trio which has spawned a six-year running nightclub show in Manhattan, a series of short films, and a series on Comedy Central, which was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top Ten TV shows of 2005. In 2005 he wrote, starred and directed his feature film debut THE BAXTER, a romantic comedy about the “wrong guy.” It was financed and distributed by IFC films. Following this, Showalter went on tour in the summer of 2006 performing stand up with Eugene Mirman and Leo Allen, as well as an East Coast tour with Michael Ian Black.