David Wain

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David Wain was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He met the other members of the comedy troupe The State while a film student at NYU, where he graduated from in 1991. As part of The State, he co-created and co-starred on their self-titled MTV sketch comedy show in the mid 90's. He then continued to work with his State partners on many other ... See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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 2021 Today's Special (TV Movie)
 2020 Medical Police (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- The Goldfinch (2020)
- Wheels Up (2020)
 2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (TV Mini Series) (8 episodes)
- Dance (2017)
- Rain (2017)
- King of Camp (2017)
- Lunch (2017)
 2016 The Second Sound Barrier (Short)
 2010-2016 Childrens Hospital (TV Series) (11 episodes)
- Doctor Beth (2016)
- Sperm Bank Heist (2015)
 2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (TV Mini Series) (8 episodes)
- Day Is Done (2015)
- Staff Party (2015)
- Electro/City (2015)
- Dinner (2015)
- Auditions (2015)
 2015 Newsreaders (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Billionaire Goes to Hell; Sitcom Family (2015) ... (segment "Sitcom Family")
 2014 Old Soul (TV Movie)
 2014 A to Z (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2013 Brenda Forever (TV Movie)
 2013 Phone, Keys, Gum (Short)
 2012 New Girl (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Secrets (2012)
 2012 Wanderlust
 2007-2011 Wainy Days (TV Series) (16 episodes)
- Donna (2010)
- Rochelle: Part 1 (2009)
 2010 Party Down (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2009 Stella: Live in Boston (Video documentary) (segment "The Birthday")
 2008/II Birthday (Short)
 2008 Role Models
 2007 The Ten
 2005 Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas (TV Special documentary) (comedy short segments)
 2005 Stella (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Coffee Shop (2005)
- Campaign (2005)
- Pilot (2005)
 2002 Stella Shorts 1998-2002 (Video)
 2002 Teacher's Lounge (TV Series) (2002)
 1997 Apt. 2F (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode dated 10 October 1997 (1997) ... (segment "Finishing the Novel")
 1997 Cake Like: Lorraine's Car (Music Video)
 1993-1995 The State (TV Series) (segment director - 27 episodes)
- Episode #4.3 (1995) ... (segment director)
- Episode #4.2 (1995) ... (segment director)
- Episode #4.1 (1995) ... (segment director)
- Episode #3.6 (1995) ... (segment director)
- Episode #3.5 (1995) ... (segment director)
 1995 The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special (TV Special) (segment director)
 1992 You Wrote It, You Watch It (TV Series) (segment director - 1992)
 1992 Aisle Six (Short)
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Other Works:

Directed the music video "Lorraine's Car" for the indie rock band Cake Like. See more »

Official Sites:

Instagram | Official Site | See more »

Alternate Names:

Stella | David B. Wain | David Benjamin Wain


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Zandy Hartig  (divorced)  (2 children)

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Personal Quote:

The Ten Commandments have been a cornerstone of our society for nearly one hundred years. If you've ever taken a Sunday off, or if you've ever stopped yourself from murdering someone, then you yourself have been following the Ten Commandments without even knowing it. See more »


He and Michael Patrick Jann directed almost everything on "The State.". See more »

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