The Stella Comedy Group Comes to Higher Ground

Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain have been writing, producing, and performing comedy together and apart for the past twelve years. They met at New York University in 1988, where they helped create the sketch comedy troupe, The State, which went on to a successful television run on MTV (Top Ten Shows on Television – Wall Street Journal), as well as a prime-time special on CBS, a book, State by State with the State, several tours, and a comedy album for Warner Brothers Records.

After The State, Michael Ian Black co-created the Comedy Central series Viva Variety. He was the voice of the sock puppet and is currently a regular on the hit NBC series Ed. He and Showalter are also seen currently on VH1’s I Love the 80’s. Michael Showalter and David Wain co-wrote and co-produced (and Wain directed) the feature film Wet Hot American Summer, a comedy about the last day of summer camp in 1981, starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and many others. Wet Hot premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001,was released theatrically that summer, and is now a cult hit on DVD. (David Ansen of Newsweek called it the funniest film of the year.) Showalter and Wain are now prepping their next film, They Came Together, a romantic comedy parody.

The Black/Showalter/Wain co-venture STELLA began in 1997 as a weekly nightclub comedy show that quickly became New York’s premier showcase for alternative and mainstream comedy. Running for six years at Fez in New York s Greenwich Village, the trio hosted such regular guests as Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller, David Cross and the Upright Citizens Brigade. STELLA has spawned a series of short films, online at (one of Entertainment Weeklys top ten websites of 2001). As a comedy trio, they have performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and hosted the NBC show Late Friday.

Stella will be performing Sunday, April 6 at Higher Ground. Tickets are $10 on-line and $12 at the door.