Yes. seven people went to see it. That was exciting for me, because having done a sketch show with Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central, we only had five people watch that show. So it was exciting to have the two extra people come to the film I was in!
Looking back, do you think Susie is an early version of Leslie Knope?
Oh, they would certainly get along. Although Leslie would be a little terrified of that character. Susie considers herself an artist and she’s a terrible leader, a terrible people leader. They would respect each other’s punctuality, maybe. [Laughs] I think that’s about it.
You were often partnered onscreen with Bradly Cooper. Did he have any concerns about shooting the sex scene with Michael Ian Black?
No, I don’t think so. We were all hanging out and watching it. It was just really fun and funny. When you’re doing comedy you really want people around you to be game. You want to feel safe and go for it and do funny stuff. And I think everybody felt that. David Wain is a very skilled director at making people feel like they have room to move around and it will be supported. So I think if you get to perform with funny people you wouldn’t feel self-conscious. What you will feel self conscious about is if you hold back. That would be the shaming.
It seems like a favorite movie of a lot of people in the comedy community — and not just because half the comedy community is in it.
Yeah. I still have a lot of people who come up and say they loved it. I think a lot of people who went to camp, it touched a real special place for them. They did a beautiful job of making the movie look more expensive than it was. I think maybe just because people were young and everyone was kind of doing it for the experience and the fun of it, it kind of somehow shows. I was so pleased with the movie. But the experience was so awesome that even if the movie had never even come out, I would have been totally satisfied.
To read more about Wet Hot American Summer, check out the 10th anniversary retrospective feature in this week’s Entertainment Weekly.