At almost the exact same time in the fall of 2015 that he sold a handsome, early 20th-century limestone-faced townhouse in Brooklyn’s Lefferts Manor neighborhood for $1.6 million, hardworking Hollywood multi-hyphenate Michael Showalter plunked down not quite $1.65 million for a 1940s traditional in L.A.’s Studio City that, after extensive updates and upgrades, has popped back up for sale at a sliver under $2.3 million.
The writer, actor, director and producer, who got his showbiz start as writer and performer on the mid-1990s MTV sketch comedy series “The State,” has long had his hands in a dizzying array of professional pots. He co-created the popularly sophomoric “Wet Hot American Summer” franchise, in which he also co-starred, as well as the satirical dark comedy “Search Party,” which was picked up for a fifth season earlier this year, and he directed the Oscar-nominated 2017 feature film “The Big Sick.”
He currently directs and executive produces the bio-drama “The Dropout,” a miniseries that depicts the stratospheric rise and spectacular crash of criminally indicted Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, and he directed the upcoming Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield starring feature film “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” based on World of Wonder’s RuPaul narrated 2000 documentary of the same name about late and famously mascaraed Christian televangelist Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner.
Given his plethora of projects, not to mention the two-year first look deal with HBO Max he and Jordana Mollick, his partner at Semi-Formal Productions, inked earlier this year, it’s almost predictable that Showalter would want to sell his fairly modest if hardly inexpensive home and, presumably, upgrade to something more commensurate with his ongoing success.