We all know what happened on the last day at Camp Firewood in 1981 - the breakups, the makeups, the mess hall hijinks and even a thwarted earthbound meteor - but this summer we'll see how it all started. Some 14 years after the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer hit the big screen to hilariously offer a glimpse of Jewish summer camp in Maine, the star-studded cast is back, and we've got your exclusive first look!
Creators David Wain and Michael Showalter have filled the camp's cabins yet again in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, reuniting the original's star-studded cast (think: Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Judah Freidlander and more) and throwing in a new batch of comedic geniuses, like Kristen Wiig, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Jason Schwartzman, Michael Cera and Jon Hamm.
“At Camp Firewood there's archery, swimming and the potential for an apocalypse every day,” says Michael. Amid a background of arts and crafts, raging hormones, new relationships, water sports and old friendships, the summer days at Camp Firewood are simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary - and always mired in pubescence.
“This is the first day of camp; the movie was the last day of camp," says Janeane Garofalo, who plays the camp's director. "But this is more like the origin stories of all these characters, of how they got to be who they are."
The Netflix reboot boasts eight 30-minute episodes, promising the same improv-heavy hilarity as in the 2001 cult classic, but with the focus on that very first day of that fateful summer - a funny premise in itself being that the cast is 14 years older and playing even younger versions of their former characters. You can catch Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on July 31.