Last night, the Music Hall of Williamsburg hosted a monumental event: the Wet Hot American Summer 10th Anniversary Celebration Show! For those of you who haven’t seen Wet Hot American Summer, why am I even talking to you? Get your head out of your ass!
Wet Hot American Summer is only the greatest film of our generation. It used to come on Comedy Central all the time in the early 2000s, which is basically the same thing as having won a dozen Oscars (the film won 0 Oscars, actually [that’s okay, Oscar is an idiot anyway]). And if you seriously haven’t seen it, I’m pretty sure it’s streaming on Netflix Instant. Go watch it now, I’ll wait.
The important thing is that Wet Hot American Summer is one of the funniest movies of all time with one of the greatest casts of all time – of course the promise of getting them all together resulted in a sold-out show that was absolutely packed.
Hosted by the much-loved, highly-demanded Stella, i.e., Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, and David Wain, there were such special guests from the film as Janeane Garofalo (“Camp Director Beth”), Zak Orth (“J.J.”), and Marguerite Moreau (“Katie”).
Even Judah Friedlander made a brief, blood-stained appearance as his old Wet Hot character “Ron von Kleinenstein”.
The highlights of the evening were probably Michael Showalter’s reprisal of the Alan Shemper character (video here) and A.D. Miles’ resplendent interview with Can of Vegetables/Beans as voiced by Jon Benjamin (video here).
Everyone knows that Jon Benjamin has a voice like butter, but it wasn’t until Jon Benjamin Has a Van that I took notice of his spell-binding, azure eyes. He’s the whole package ladies, and he’s single*!
Also impressive were appearances by lesser-known cast-members, including Gideon Jacobs (“Aaron”) and Gabriel Millman (“Caped Boy”). You may remember them as Molly Shannon’s craft room marriage counselor/camper, and the Dungeons & Dragons nerd who took being called “douchebag” as a compliment, respectively.
Marisa Ryan (“Abby Bernstein”) and Ken Marino (“Victor Pulak or maybe Kulak [?]”) also made an appearance, and Ken serenaded the audience with a captivating rendition of “Danny’s Song”.
I was really surprised at how genuinely well he sang. It was beautiful.
There was also a rousing “sweater-fondling” competition (the winner of which got to keep their sweater, I think?) and musical performances of some of the movie’s more notable tracks.
In addition to the live appearances, some cast members who were unable to attend the show provided videos in their absence. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and Joe Lo Truglio all came through with video shorts for the occasion; Paul Rudd acting in classic “Andy” fashion and trashing his Hollywood trailer, Amy as “Susie” encouraging the audience to leave their bullshit attitude and baggage at the door, and Joe Lo Truglio as “Neil” incredulously observing his son do a skateboarding trick off-screen (“He’s doing it! I can’t believe he’s really doing it!!”).
Unfortunately missing from the show were Molly Shannon, Bradley Cooper, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, and Christopher Meloni. I mean, if Rainbow Sock Girl could make it to Williamsburg, I’m just dying to know what their excuses are.
All in all, it was a fantastic show. Let’s meet back here again in 10 years, okay? And you can make it your beeswax to be there on time.
*Jon Benjamin may or may not be married. Fact checker is on vacation