With the release of Netflix's highly anticipated Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp comes a strange realization: Literally half the cast of Mad Men is in this thing. OK — maybe not half, but still: Jon Hamm, John Slattery, and Rich Sommer all appear in the Netflix original comedy/prequel series, which is a far cry from their days on the dramatic AMC series. However, as weird a realization as this is, it's not a weird one — in fact, a ton of Mad Men stars are basically comedians now, with the amount of comedies they've been starring in since the acclaimed drama went off the air.
This, honestly, shouldn't be a huge surprise if you consider all the times that Mad Men was totally hilarious. Characters like Slattery's Roger Sterling were known for their one-liners, but even more serious characters like Hamm's Don Draper and January Jones' Betty got in quite a few moments of verbal and physical comedy. While a few actors — most notably Vincent Kartheiser who played Pete and Elisabeth Moss who played Peggy — have gone for meaty dramatic roles post-Mad Men, it's astonishing how many of the actors have taken on a comedy role post-Mad Men. It makes sense career-wise; Mad Men, with all its hilarious moments, could get pretty heavy at times, so its actors would want to show that they have range and don't take themselves too seriously.
Need proof? Here are all the Mad Men actors who have taken on comedy careers on some seriously great shows.
Hamm has long been a gifted comedian — this first became apparent to audiences when he took on a role as Liz Lemon's stupidly handsome boyfriend on 30 Rock. He also wowed us on Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt, appeared in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer, and was a voice actor on Minions. In 2016, he will appear in the spy comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, alongside Isla Fischer and Zach Galifianakis.
Slattery was perhaps the most obvious comedian on Mad Men, but he also had some funny roles on 30 Rock and Sex and the City . Like Hamm, he starred in Wet Hot American Summer, in addition to appearing in Ant-Man and Ted 2.
Hendricks is a star on the amazing Comedy Central faux reality show Another Period . Like, her character's name is Chair. Just watch it.
In addition to appearing as the long-suffering wife of Pete Campbell on Mad Men, Brie simultaneously showed off her comedy chops as Annie Edison on Community. She has also starred in BoJack Horseman, deftly voicing multiple characters including Vincent Adultman (who is actually three little boys in a trench coat). Due to this, she has probably had the most prolific comic career of any of Mad Men's stars.
Rich Sommer was the WORST in a hilarious way as Harry Crane on Mad Men — but, like Hamm and Slattery, he also appeared in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Next he's set to appear in the TV comedy Good Session in 2015.
The question remains: Will Pete Campbell be our next comedy superstar? Time will tell, but it looks like regardless of genre, the Mad Men cast still has plenty to do.