“Wet Hot American Summer” is a cult classic in large part because it assembled an all-star cast before many of them made it to the A-list. So when Netflix announced that “WHAS” would be coming back as a TV show, it was a chance for fans to see their favorite performers together.
The difference is that 14 years later, they are also bringing along some of their super famous friends to join the fun. The eight-episode season of “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” is filled with cameos and surprise appearances by some of Hollywood’s greatest. A list of the “WHAS” newcomers is below.
Warning: Light spoilers ahead.
Jason Schwartzman – Greg
Jason Schwartzman is a huge part of the series as Greg, the head boys counselor at the start of Camp Firewood’s summer. He and Beth (Janeane Garofalo) discover a toxic waste pit seeping into the camp’s water supply. From that point on they take it upon themselves to take down the company responsible for the leak.
Jon Hamm – The Falcon
Fresh off his surprise turn in “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Jon Hamm turns up in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” as a government assassin named the Falcon. His primary targets are Greg and Beth once they discover the nuclear waste spillage — and he’s a lethal killing machine.
John Slattery – Claude Dumet
Jon Hamm isn’t the only “Mad Men” alum that knows how to crack a joke. John Slattery also joins in the fun for multiple episodes as esteemed theater director Claude Dumet, who has a creepy fetish for underage girls.
Chris Pine – Eric
Perhaps “WHAS” most impressive coup is Chris Pine’s effort as the recluse rock star Elizabeth Banks’ Lindsay falls in love with on assignment for a rock magazine. It’s as if his Prince Charming character from “Into the Woods” was taken out of a fairy tale and transported to 1981.
Jordan Peele – Alan
If you are making a TV show with the best names in comedy, naturally Jordan Peele should make an appearance. In the case of “Wet Hot American Summer,” he plays Alan, Lindsay’s (Banks) boss who sends her to Camp Firewood to get the best story for their magazine, but warns her not to get too close.
Jayma Mays and Paul Scheer – Jessica and Dave
Mays, a “Glee” alum, and comedian Scheer play employees at Lindsay’s music magazine who want to squash Lindsay’s dreams of her summer camp expose. Bonus points: They were a couple on “The League.”
Josh Charles – Blake
Before Katie (Marguerite Moreau) and Andy (Paul Rudd) became Camp Firewood’s hot couple, Katie was dating an uber-prep across the lake at Camp Tigerwood. “The Good Wife” alum Josh Charles sports the triple popped collar as he spies on Katie with his goons from across the way.
What is a prep school villain without his prep school evil queen? Kristen Wiig — who feels like she should have been in the original — steps in as Courtney, the rich girl at Camp Tigerwood that is ready to swoop in on Blake as soon as he gets tired of pining for Katie. She’s also talented at making intense innuendos with her chapstick.
Rich Sommer – Graham
Blake’s (Charles) right-hand man is Graham, none other than the third “Mad Men” alum in the “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” mix. He’s a total preppie boy lackey, complete with yellow sweater tied over his shoulders.
Michael Cera – Jim Stansel
When your camp is being poisoned with toxic waste and you need to sue the U.S. government to fix it, you call Jim Stansel — and Michael Cera shows up. He is Camp Firewood’s best weapon to get their water supply cleaned up and keep the doors open.
Bruce Greenwood – Bill Martinson
Try to sue the government and they are going to pull out the big guns. The big guns here are Bruce Greenwood, who plays intimidating attorney Bill Martinson ready to squash Jim Stansel (Cera) and Camp Firewood to protect his client from being incriminated by the toxic waste site poisoning the campers. Greenwood throws on a country accent for the part and for a moment makes it feel reminiscent of a John Grisham adaptation.
Randall Park – Jeff
When Gail (Molly Shannon) starts to think that Gene (Christopher Meloni) isn’t who she thinks he is, she goes to Jeff (Randall Park), the public records clerk for help. The “Fresh Off the Boat” star turns his cameo into a multi-episode arc when Jeff starts making his research personal.
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Jackie Brazen
The best way to distract your adolescent campers from noticing that there’s toxic waste oozing towards them is to keep them entertained. Enter Weird Al Yankovic as Jackie Brazen — the county’s best hypnotist. He’s really great at getting the campers to do things they normally wouldn’t do, but there is definitely more to this guy than meets the eye.
Richard Schiff – Dean Fairchild
If you ever wondered how Henry Newman (David Hyde Pierce) ended up living next to Camp Firewood, you can thank this man. Richard Schiff steps in to play Dean Fairchild, Henry’s former boss in the backstory episode of why the astro-physicist moved out to the woods and rented a house next to a summer camp.
Ron Huebel – Brodard Gilroy