Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter is an American comedian, actor, writer, and director. He is a member of the sketch comedy trio Stella. Showalter first came to recognition as a cast member on MTV’s The State, which aired from 1993 to 1995. He co-wrote (with David Wain) and starred in Wet Hot American Summer and he wrote, directed, and starred in The Baxter, with Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux and Elizabeth Banks. Both of these movies featured many of his co-stars from The State, and so do several of his other projects.

Host Information


"Topics" features long-time friends and creative comedic collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter as they tackle some of mankind's most difficult questions: What is the nature of love? Is time travel possible? Does God exist? And so many more. "Topics" is a thoughtful, intense conversation about what makes humankind... kind of human. Featuring original music by Dan Deacon!

Guest Appearances

Episode 6 - Jude, Buck Up!

Jude struggles with achieving his goals, which leads Michael to discuss his own life challenges with bestie Michael Showalter. This episode is sponsored by Leesa (www.leesa.com/obscure)


Prepare for the Quake

Comedy Bang Bang #457November 14, 2016

Legendary comedian/writer/actor Michael Showalter of The State, Wet Hot American Summer and the new TBS series Search Party joins Scott to chat about the great sketch shows of the 90s, the mystery in the new TBS series Search Party, and tips for…


Vampire Academy

How Did This Get Made? #145September 30, 2016

Aisling Bea (This Way Up) and Michael Showalter (Search Party) join Paul and Jason to discuss the 2017 Zoey Deutch teen horror-comedy Vampire Academy. They cover the out of place mall montage, the cafeteria blood machines, the orgasmic vampire bites, and much more. It’s…


Sklarbro County 202

Comedian, director and writer Michael Showalter talks to the Sklars about making his new movie "Hello, My Name is Doris." Daniel Van Kirk's County Stories include a clown who was arrested for smoking meth at a waffle house and a woman who…


Taking the Bladder Out

Comedy Bang Bang #296June 23, 2014

Life long pals David Wain & Michael Showalter have reunited to co-write a brand new rom-com called They Came Together and they're here on CBB to tell us all about it! They’ll get into the good ol’ days of listening to podcasts…


Michael Showalter

Writer/Director/Actor/Comedian Michael Showalter shares all he can in an all too brief 2-hour window. He talks of the New York writer’s life, how after 20 years he’s finally be ready to sell just a piece of his soul to showbiz, and why…


You Upchurched It

Sklarbro Country #184January 31, 2014

You know Michael Showalter from the State, Wet Hot American Summer, co-hosting the podcast Topics and for his love of cats. But did you know he's a rolling snowball of sports information? Michael gets deep about his obsession with sports talk radio,…


Michael Showalter, Our Close Friend

Hollywood Handbook #9December 3, 2013

Sean and Hayes help out Engineer Cody in another edition of Engineer My Career and reveal the truth on what really went on behind the scenes while filming The Godfather during Uncommon Commentary. Finally, MICHAEL SHOWALTER drops by to talk about joining…


Gymkata: LIVE!

Recorded live at Largo in Los Angeles, Michael Showalter joins Paul, June, & Jason to discuss the next level bonkers movie that combines gymnastics & karate, Gymkata! They’ll get into the Kurt Thomas flipping as he talks to himself scene, the questionable…


LIVE from SF Sketchfest 2013

Who Charted? #117February 27, 2013

Ku-Ku & Wie-Wie brought the charts to the bay area with special guest Michael Showalter! Recorded live from the San Francisco Sketchfest, they talk Digital Underground & other bay area rappers as they count down Complex’s Greatest Bay Area Rap Songs. We…

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