After starting his career as a member of the hugely influential MTV comedy troupe The State, Michael Showalter went on to become one third of Stella with former State colleagues David Wain and Michael Ian Black. Despite still writing and acting (in projects like Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series’), Showalter is primarily focusing on directing these days. Among the films that he is helmed are the offbeat and subversive anti-romantic comedy The Baxter and the true life stories The Big Sick and the acclaimed The Eyes of Tammy Faye. As hilarious as he is smart and edgy, Michael Showalter is the guest on this week’s brand new episode of The Movies That Made Me.
In a conversation with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante that is as side-splitting as it is informative, Showalter talks about his cinematic influences. You can get a complete overview of the titles mentioned in this installment at Movies Unlimited’s companion page for the show. Give it a look for more insight into Showalter’s creative process.