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Drop Dead Gorgeous, Michael Patrick Jann: The first member of The State to direct a full-length film was one of the least visible: Michael Patrick Jann was mostly off-screen with The State, directing most of the show with Wain, and in 1999 directed this high-profile beauty pageant mockumentary that starred Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley and a young Amy Adams. It's his only film, but he's directed for shows like Community, Flight of the Conchords and many more.
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Hits, David Cross: One half of Mr. Show made his debut with this unexpected BitTorrent movie about a municipal worker (Veep's Matt Walsh) whose life is changed by a viral video.
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Melvin Goes to Dinner, Bob Odenkirk: The other half of Mr. Show made his debut with this unexpected movie adapted from Michael Bleiden's play; about a weird dinner between old friends.
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Rosewater, Jon Stewart: Stewart took a break from The Daily Show to write and direct this drama based on the life of an imprisoned journalist following the 2009 Iranian presidential direction.
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The Producers, Mel Brooks: After years as a writer and performer, Brooks kicked off his legendary directing career with this show business parody, which was later turned into a smash Broadway musical.
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Enter Laughing, Carl Reiner: Brooks's partner also launched a directing career in the late 1960s. His autobiographical debut was based on a novel and stage play he had written. He went on to direct Steve Martin in a series of comedies in the late '70s and early '80s, including the classic The Jerk.
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Shakes the Clown, Bobcat Goldthwait: Goldthwait later became a respected director of black comedies, but his much-maligned debut was this tale of an alcoholic birthday clown who is framed for murder, released at the height of his stand-up career.
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Reality Bites, Ben Stiller: Stiller unexpectedly helped define Gen X with this comedy-drama featuring Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder.
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Only You, Betty Thomas: Second City alum Betty Thomas would later direct Private Parts, The Brady Bunch Movie and win an Emmy for her role on Hill Street Blues, but started her filmmaking career with this comedy about an unintentional Mexican vacation.
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The Big Picture, Christopher Guest: In between Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman, Guest directed the underperforming but well-reviewed story of Kevin Bacon's exploits as a student filmmaker in Hollywood.