Wet Hot American Summer, the 2001 David Wain-directed camp flick, is the ultimate cult classic. A commercial and critical flop upon its release, it didn't take long for obsessive fans -- those of us who immediately felt that the deeply absurdist, gleefully nonsensical universe in which Camp Firewood is situated was home -- to turn the film into the stuff of legends.
Yet while WHAS might be this gang's best-known work, die-hard fans of Wain, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, et al. know the movie is just one small part of their ouevre. Originally formed as a comedy collective at NYU in the late '80s, MTV's The State is still probably the weirdest (in a good way) thing to ever air on the station. In the decades that followed, Stella, Wainy Days, Reno 911!, the podcast Michael & Michael Have Issues, and a slew of Wain's more commercially successful fare (Role Models, They Came Together) have all kept the crew tight.
Accordingly, First Day of Camp is packed with references that reward not only hardcore fans of the movie, but devotees of Wain's universe at large. Here are the best callbacks and inside jokes for those of us who have been paying very close attention.