A follow-up to “Wet Hot American Summer” — the summer camp spoof that won a cult following with its clever sex jokes and random talking cans of vegetables — is getting a sequel.
That’s according to Michael Showalter, star and co-writer of the original “Summer,” who confirmed this news during Bravo’s “What What Happens Live” on Thursday night.
“Everybody’s tweeting, wanting to know if there is going to be a ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ sequel,” host Andy Cohen said.
“Absolutely yes. One hundred percent yes,” Showalter replied. “The whole gang — everyone is back. We’re doing it.”
But at least one “Wet Hot” alumnus has cast some doubt on that.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia — a friend of Showalter’s and other former members of the sketch comedy group the State, who frequently work together and collaborated on “Wet Hot American Summer” — immediately tweeted Showalter’s breaking news. Which prompted a response from fellow “Summer” and State alum Michael Ian Black, who tweeted to Birbiglia, @BravoTV and Showalter that, “I really don’t think this is true.”
Prior to that, Black had also tweeted: “I just found out there’s going to be a ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ sequel from @mshowalter on TV. Apparently, I’m not in it.”
So perhaps we’re exactly where we were last summer, when Vulture noted that a prequel — to set earlier in the summer of 1981 and with even older versions of the actors now playing 16-year-olds — might be made. It was unclear then whether the entire ensemble — which included Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Chris Meloni, Molly Shannon and several “State” alums — could be persuaded back given their busy schedules.
If Showalter wasn’t lying last night on Bravo, perhaps plans really are in motion. But if they are, can someone please keep Michael Ian Black in the loop? The prequel will be emotionally void if there isn’t palpable sexual tension between him and Cooper.