Michael Showalter: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Michael Showalter

Actor, Writer, & Comedian

Michael Showalter is a writer, director and comedian. He was an original member of the seminal MTV sketch troupe The State. He co-wrote and co-starred in the cult film Wet Hot American Summer and is one-third of the comedy trio Stella, which had a critically acclaimed TV series on Comedy Central and tours nationally.

Showalter wrote, directed and co-starred with Michelle Williams and Elizabeth Banks in the romantic comedy The Baxter. In November of 2008 he released his stand-up comedy album Sandwiches & Cats. Showalter recently completed a Comedy Central series Michael & Michael Have Issues with collaborator Michael Ian Black. He has appeared in many TV shows and movies including Sex & The City, Law & Order, and Signs.

Showalter’s first book is entitled Mr. Funny Pants. When asked for a description, he offers:

I was at my wit's end. I'd had enough of this job, this life, and my relationship had broken up. Should I eat chocolate, or go to India, or fall in love? Then I had a revelation: Why not do all three, in that order? And so it was that I embarked on a journey that was segmented into three parts and was then made into a major motion picture. Later, I woke up on an airplane with a hole in my face and a really bad hangover. I was ushered brusquely off the plane by my parents who took me to a rehab where I tested positive for coke, classic coke, special k (the drug), Special K (the cereal), mushrooms, pepperoni, and Restless Leg Syndrome. It was there that I first began painting with my feet.

But rewind...the year was 1914. I was just a young German soldier serving in the trenches while simultaneously trying to destroy an evil ring with some help from an elf, a troll, and a giant sorcerer, all while cooking every recipe out of a Julia Child cookbook. What I'm trying to say is that there was a secret code hidden in a painting and I was looking for it with this girl who had a tattoo of a dragon! Let me clarify, it was the 1930s and a bunch of us were migrating out of Oklahoma, and I was this teenage wizard/CIA operative, okay? And, um then I floated off into the meta-verse as a ball of invisible energy that had no outer edge...

Ugh, okay. None of this is true. I'm just kind of a normal guy from New Jersey who moved to New York, got into comedy, wrote this book about trying to write this book, and then moved to Alaska, became the mayor of a small town, spent $30,000 on underwear, and now I'm going to rule the world!!!


Showalter teaches screenwriting at NYU Graduate Film School, writes a monthly column for the Chicago Tribune, and is currently working a second book. He is currently living with his wife and their cats in Brooklyn, NY.

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