David Wain and WANDERLUST star Jennifer Aniston

Monday’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket” (February 27th) featured an interview with comedy actor/writer/director David Wain, director of the fish-out-of-water comedy, Wanderlust — which stars frequent collaborator Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda, Malin Akerman, and numerous members of Wain’s original comedy troupe, The State.

The story of a recession-battered yuppie couple from New York (Rudd and Aniston) who take shelter at a Southern hippie commune, the Universal Pictures release opened on Friday at theaters around the country. Wain’s previous films include the indie summer-camp-movie spoof Wet Hot American Summer, and the hit “bromance” comedy Role Models, starring Rudd and Seann William Scott.

Wain’s interview touches on such topics as collectives and communal living, Alan Alda’s political feminism, music (including post-punk rock band Shudder to Think), Wet Hot American Summer‘s cult status, and Wain’s personal connection to the world of radio.

“The Freak Power Ticket” playlist also highlighted Wain’s brilliantly zany stage, television, album, and internet works, with The State (which first gained prominence during the 1990s with an MTV sketch-comedy program), the comedy trio Stella (a sort of postmodern 3 Stooges), [adult swim]’s Children’s Hospital, and My Damn Channel’s web series Wainy Days. Producer/host Ted Coe rounded out the hour with trailers, audio snippets, and tracks from The State, Shudder to Think’s Craig Wedren, Jefferson Starship, and more.

An edited version of this broadcast is now available for online playback or download below.


“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays all winter from 11am-12noon on KCSB-FM.