Wayne of the Day: David Wain!

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Published March 30, 2011

DAVID WAIN HOSTING “WAINY DAYS LIVE” IN 2009. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVIDWAIN.COM

Since he’s our April cover star and all, we’re giving rapper Lil Wayne quite a bit of attention on our site this week. But he’s hardly the only Wayne who’s made an impact on American culture. With that in mind, we’ve picked a few other notable Waynes whose accomplishments we want to highlight. Today: David Wain!

Occupation: Actor, writer, and director. All-purpose comedian.

Age: 41

Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio; currently resides in New York City.

Claim to Wayne Fame: The nomenclature might be a bit of a stretch, but David Wain is our favorite (non-Lil) Wayne of all. Wain has been makin’ ’em laugh for 20 years, since founding the sketch comedy group that would eventually become The State when he was an undergrad at NYU. He and two excellent Michaels (Ian Black and Showalter) formed a hilarious group called Stella, and then, ten years ago, Wet Hot American Summer happened: a hilarious send-up of all that is right and wrong with summer camp. Since then, there’s been a web series, titled Wainy Days(!), the movie Role Models, and countless gigs commentating and doing live comedy.

Why We Want Him On Our Side: To state the obvious: he’s hilarious. He’s also clearly a devoted friend: Stella’s been around for ages. Plus, a fringe benefit of being friends with David Wain is that, by association, you get the chance to hang around with that whole funny bunch: the Michaels, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow.

Up Next: Wain wrote and directed Wanderlust, which comes out in October; it’s produced by Judd Apatow and stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a married couple who leaves New York for Georgia after Rudd’s character loses his job. Put simply, we can’t wait.