Wet Hot American Summer: The Annotated Screenplay

David Wain, Michael Showalter

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.

Creator Bio

Michael Showalter is an American comedian, actor, producer, writer, and director. He is a member of the sketch comedy trio Stella. Showalter first came to recognition as a cast member on MTV’s The State, which he co-wrote (with David Wain) and starred in Wet Hot American Summer (2001) and he wrote, directed, and starred in The Baxter (2005). Showalter also directed The Big Sick.David Wain is an American comedian, writer, actor, and director. He is most widely known for directing the feature films Role Models, Wanderlust, and Wet Hot American Summer and its Netflix prequel series. He is also known for his work on the sketch comedy series The State. Wain is a founding member of comedy group Stella.


“The film’s writers, Michael Showalter and David Wain, include copious notes and previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos.” New York Times

Price £18.99
Format Hardback
Publication Date 26 October 2018
Pages 176
Height 229mm
Width 191mm
Illustrations colour and black-and-white photographs throughout
Rights Europe, Africa, Middle East
ISBN-13 9781419733437