Rolling Stone

The Many Moods of Michael Showalter

For 30-plus years, he’s done silly, serious, and everything in between


The State

MTV 1994-95

With his NYU sketchcome­dy group, Showalter created iconic characters like Blueberry Johnson and the marshal of Space Station 11.

Wet Hot American Summer


The box-office bomb became a cult smash that later saw two Netflix seasons reuniting the cast.

The Big Sick 2017

Showalter’s first genuine hit, about the real-life courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, kick-started a new phase of his career.

The Dropout

Hulu 2022

Showalter directed half the episodes of this series about the rise and fall of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, which earned Amanda Seyfried an Emmy.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye 2021

Eighties evangelist Tammy Faye Baker was the subject of this biopic, the most serious work Showalter had done to date.

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