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Michael Showalter Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Showalter
Birth Place:
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, director

Fast Facts

  • Co-founded the sketch comedy troupe The New Group while attending New York University; the group was later renamed The State and had a self-titled MTV series
  • After transferring to Brown University, Showalter joined the improv group imProvidence
  • Formed a three-man troupe named Stella with David Wain and Michael Ian Black, both former members of The New Group and The State
  • Co-wrote, with Wain and Joe Lo Truglio, the stage production Sex a
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  • Wieners and Boobs, which was written and staged over four days in 1998
  • Sings lead vocals in The Dollies, an acoustic comedy band he formed with Zak Orth
  • Is an adjunct professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University


  • English Showalter -- Father
  • Elaine Cottler -- Mother
  • Elaine Showalter -- Mother
  • Vinca Showalter LaFleur -- Sister
  • Anne Kalin Ellis -- Wife