Comedy Clicks USA Edition – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Summer

Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that started on Netflix as a prequel to a film and over the summer they released the sequel to the film into a TV show – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Summer

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Opening title Sequence / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

Follows the counselors and campers on their first day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981.- IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

1 Season

Characters:

Maruerite Moreau – Katie

Zak Orth – JJ

Paul Rudd – Andy

Michael Showalter – Coop

Michael ian Black – McKinley

Bradley Cooper – Ben

Janeane Garofalo – Beth

Amy Poehler – Susie

Molly Shannon – Gail

Lake Bell – Donna

David Bloom – Kevin

Jason Maaruertitzmann – Gregg

Things Barbusa – Drew

Michael Blaiklock – Danny

George Dalton – Arty

Elizabeth Banks – Lindsay

Joe Lo Truglio – Neil

Chris Pine – Eric

Trivia

+ In reprising his role as Ben, Bradley Cooper shot all his scenes in one day. Initially, Cooper wasn’t able to fly to the set in Los Angeles due to commitments with a Broadway play. The filmmakers opted to shoot his scenes in New York until Cooper was nominated at the 87th Annual Academy Awards, prompting him to travel to Los Angeles. The plan was revamped to shoot Cooper’s scenes in a single day, which was the last day of the show’s production, on February 26, 2015.

+ Though none of them share scenes, guest stars Jon Hamm, John Slattery, and Rich Sommer were all series regulars on Mad Men (2007).

+ In the original movie, Beth makes a reference to Jim Stansel (“that guy”). Jim Stansel actually appears in the series as a lawyer.

+ The character of Mitch in the show is a parody/allusion to Mitch Reiter, the director of Camp Towanda – which is the filming location of the original movie

+ There are several jokes throughout the series (and the movie) that were either used on or closely mimic jokes from the short-lived Comedy Central series Stella (2005). The series starred (and was created by) Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain, and also had many of the same guest stars as this serie

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Classic Clips

Art of Negotiating

Never mix business and pleasure

Zoot Suit

Higher and Higher

 

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