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High Camp

What’s your best— or worst—memory of summer camp?


Lewis Black, comedian: “I went to camp once. The first night we were there, the counselor told us a ghost story. It scared me so badly that the next day I called my parents asking them to pick me up. They didn’t.”

Wendy Wasserstein, writer: “I played Peter Pan in my camp’s performance. The counselor carried me so I could fly . . . and he dropped me!”

Todd Graff, writer-director, Camp: “Getting off the bus and realizing there were five times as many girls as boys.”

Marissa Jaret Winokur, star of Hairspray: “The worst thing was probably breaking my leg during a game of dodgeball.”

Michael Showalter, co-writer-star of Wet Hot American Summer: “I pooped in my pants and hid my shorts in the woods. I had been walking from the lake and from the top of the hill, I could see the bathroom—the excitement was enough to do it. My bunkmates found the shorts, and my name was sewn in! I told everyone someone had stolen them.”

Jonathan Adler, potter: “I went with a trunk full of soccer cleats and dreams of athletic prowess. Then I laid my eyes on the pottery counselor—hairy legs, tight Lacoste shirt, and handlebar moustache. I immediately signed up for pottery class.”


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