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Wet Hot American Summer The Annotated Screenplay

Wet Hot American Summer

The Annotated Screenplay

By David Wain and Michael Showalter
Foreword by Michael Ian Black
Preface by Jesse Thorn


Price: $24.99

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  • Publication Date: October 9, 2018
  • Imprint: Abrams Image
  • Trim Size: 7 12 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781419733437
  • Page Count: 176
  • Illustrations: Color and black-and-white photographs throughout
  • Rights: World/All

At long last, this is the definitive Wet Hot American Summer book fans have been clamoring for! Screenwriters David Wain and Michael Showalter take pen to page and create a hilarious, behind-the-scenes annotated version of the original screenplay that launched a thousand Halloween costumes. They provide commentary on and insight into how and why they made the artistic decisions they did while writing and filming the movie that went on to become a true cult classic, as well as an ongoing Netflix series. The book will also feature reproduced ephemera from filming—photos, original (and scathing) reviews, AIM chat conversations, marked up script pages, and so much more. Written and curated by Wain and Showalter, this will be the must-have guide to all things Wet Hot.


Wet Hot American Summeris one of the funniest films ever made. This is a must-read for any fan of comedy out there.”
Rachel Bloom
“Watching Wet Hot American Summer for the first time was an ‘Aha’ moment for me. The blend of physical comedy—bizarrely specific—and wildly heightened characters made me see the vast possibilities within the world of making comedy, and making comedy with your friends.”
Abbi Jacobson
“I saw Wet Hot American Summeropening weekend and it blew my comedy mind. And now this book has blown my book-about-classic-cult-comedy-with-insights-and-anecdotes-that-really-elevate-the-whole-experience-of-something-I-already-loved mind.”
Nick Kroll
“If you love the movieWet Hot American Summeras much as I do, but for some reason don’t like watching it, then I guess this is the perfect book for you.”
B. J. Novak
"This book is a must-have for fans of Wet Hot American Summer, and a musn't-have for fans of The Lovely Bones."
Megan Amram


About the authors

Michael Showalter most recently directed the 2017 film The Big Sick. He co-wrote and directed the 2016 film Hello, My Name Is Dorisstarring Sally Field. He is a co-creator of the television show Search Partyon TBS. Michael co-created the TV miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later on Netflix. Showalter’s other film credits include Wet Hot American SummerThey Came Together, andThe Baxter. He is a founding member of the comedy groups The State and Stella.

David Wain is the director and cowriter of six feature films, including Wet Hot American SummerRole ModelsWanderlust, and They Came Together. His most recent critically acclaimed movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture tells the story of National Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney. On television Wain co-created, directed, and costarred in The StateChildrens HospitalStella, and two Wet Hot miniseries for Netflix. He’s acted in dozens of movies and TV shows including Dog DaysBroad CityAnother PeriodDrunk HistoryPortlandiaBob’s Burgers, and his own web series Wainy Days.