Amy Poehler remembers 'Wet Hot American Summer': 'The partying never ended'


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.

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  • Jen

    First saw this movie in 2003. It has been one of my favorites ever since. So hilarious and ridiculous…

    • Jenn

      This movie is fantastic.
      But leave it to these infantile EW writers to start ruining the experience with their desperate attempts to sound cool.

    • gfrr


      t s h i r t s -12

      s h o e s -35

      b i k i n i -17


  • K

    One of the funniest movies of the past decade.

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  • meg

    yay…I’m referred to in this interview!! I’m one of the 5 that watched UCB when it originally aired, and saw Wet Hot in the theaters the week it opened!!!

    i have never felt more cool than at this moment!

  • JS

    I first saw this movie on a rainy day at sleep-away camp. I think that while most people I know who have seen it think it is really funny, I think only people who’ve been to camp (and not just for one or two weeks…the whole summer!…in the North East!…with guys and girls!) understand the true hilarity. The small little things that are right on, when it comes to what actually goes on over the summer. I love this movie so much! Almost as much as I hate camp fakers. If you weren’t trapped with half of Long Island for 8 weeks, it was not real!

    • JS

      PS- I hope VH1 isn’t doing a new ‘I love the______’ show anytime soon. If they are, then Michael Ian Black might not be available for the sequel. Gasp!

    • JS

      PS- I hope VH1 isn’t making another “I Love the (fill in the blank” show soon. If they are, Michael Ian Black may not be available to shoot the sequel.

  • hi

    One of the gayest movies ever. No wonder EW is obsessed with this piece of trash.

    • Dereck

      Prayers for Ava, her family and her ferinds. This story has touched my life and many others lives Stay strong baby girl you have a life to live and show these people you can do it. Over power the man who was careless and irresponsible and did harm You are precious and beautiful . <3 you

  • Dani C

    God i love this movie. It’s definitely not for everyone, what with all the sex, drugs, and murder of young campers, but it sure does tickle my funny bone.

    “So leave your bullsh*t and baggage at the door, cause we don’t need it! Hey, you guys?!”

    “The phone! The phone! Where’s the F*%#ING phone?”

    • Gytha

      Grade A stuff. I’m uquensitonably in your debt.

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