David Wain says ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ inspired by ‘actual camp’

Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain, who also appears in the Netflix series based on the 2001 movie, says the movie and series are mostly based on “actual camp.”

This came on Twitter in response to a question about the influences for Wet Hot American Summer.

Wain attended Camp Modin in Maine. Like a lot of first-time camp goers, he didn’t like it at first but it grew on him.

“My first summer, I begged my parents to take me home when they came to visit four weeks in, and they said, Trust us, stick it through,” he said in a New York Times interview in 2001. “And it killed them. To this day, they get upset when they think about that story. But they ultimately knew it was a good idea, and I ended up being obsessed with camp and going back for six more summers.”

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp releases on Netflix on July 31.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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