Wet Hot American Summer: Everything You Need To Know…

Netflix have just released a prequel to a 2001 cult mockumentary ‘Wet Hot American Summer’. The film was set in 1981 and starred A-listers Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper before they hit the big time, as teenage camp councilors on their last day before everyone leaves. And now the original cast have all reunited (with tons of famous faces popping up) for an eight-episode mini-series ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp’ – which sees the teens arriving at ‘Camp Firewood’ for the first time. Confused? No matter. Here’s your WHAS cheat sheet if you haven’t seen it yet…

The Original 2001 Film ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Was A Slow Success

Long before Bradley Cooper was, well, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd starred in starred in Judd Apatow’s movies and Amy Poehler teamed up with Tina Fey in about everything, they made this obscure comedy ‘Wet Hot American Summer’, which at the time wasn’t an instant hit, but has since become a cult classic, especially since their careers started to peak.

Paul Rudd Is Completely Awesome

Literally, he thinks he’s the most awesome person in the camp. His character in WHAS is the ‘rebellious one’. Double denim? Yes. Motorcycle. Of course.

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The Character’s Are Meant To Be 16 Year Olds

The fact that the actors are playing characters around 25 years younger than themselves adds to the surreal element of the show.


These Two Are Meant To Be A Couple

Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper’s characters, Susie and Ben, are drama councillor’s who are meant to be in a relationship. If you watch the series you’ll understand why they make the most unbelievable pair in love…


The Original Stars Have Called In Some Famous Friends

‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp’ credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood’s hottest stars in film and comedy – including, to name a few; Jon Hamm, Chris Pine and Kristen Wiig (who play’s a snobby councillor).


By Emma Firth