Nicholas Stoller

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Nicholas Stoller
BornLondon, England, United Kingdom
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Years active2000–present
SpouseFrancesca Delbanco (m. 2005)

Nicholas Stoller is a British-American director, producer and screenwriter. He is known mainly for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek, Neighbors (2014), its 2016 sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, co-writing and executive producing The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, and writing and directing Storks (2016).

Early life[edit]

Stoller was born in London, England, and was raised in Miami, Florida, U.S., with his brother, Matt. His mother, Phyllis, is a travel tour operator, and his father, Eric C. Stoller, is a bank executive.[1] Stoller was raised Jewish.[2] He attended high school at St. Paul's, a New Hampshire boarding school.[3] He went on to attend Harvard College and wrote for the comedy publication The Harvard Lampoon, and played for the improv comedy troupe The Immediate Gratification Players while an undergraduate.[1][4]


From 2000 to 2001, Stoller wrote for Judd Apatow's short-lived Fox television series Undeclared and later co-wrote, again with Apatow, the 2005 comedy Fun with Dick and Jane. Stoller's directorial debut, the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is a romantic comedy starring Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Bill Hader and Russell Brand. The film was produced by Apatow Productions and was released by Universal on April 18, 2008.

In 2007, he wrote a single-camera comedy about a new teacher taking a job at the boarding school he once attended. He wrote Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey; the film was produced by Richard Zanuck and David Heyman. Stoller next wrote and directed a new film for Universal and Apatow Productions titled Get Him to the Greek.[5] The film reteamed Stoller and Apatow with Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-stars Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. The film premiered on May 25, 2010 and opened in theaters on June 4, 2010.

In 2008, Stoller and Segel co-wrote The Muppets, the latest film incarnation to feature the characters in nearly 12 years. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and released on November 23, 2011.[6] After the film's success, Stoller and the film's director, James Bobin, wrote Muppets Most Wanted, a semi-sequel to the film.[7]

Stoller also directed The Five-Year Engagement (2012), which he co-wrote with Jason Segel, who also starred. Apatow Productions produced the picture, which is about the ups and downs of a couple's five-year engagement.[8] Stoller directed the film Neighbors, its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and shared a screenwriting credit on Sex Tape. In 2016, Stoller wrote and directed the animated comedy film Storks for Warner Animation Group. The film was released on September 23, 2016.

Along with his wife Francesca Delbanco, Stoller created the comedy television series Friends from College, which premiered on Netflix in July 2017. Stoller directed all eight episodes of the first season.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Stoller met Francesca Delbanco (daughter of writer Nicholas Delbanco and granddaughter of cellist Bernard Greenhouse) at a playwriting workshop for Harvard graduates in 2001. They married in a Jewish ceremony in September 2005.[1] They have two daughters.[3]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane No Yes No
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Yes No No
Yes Man No Yes No
2010 Get Him to the Greek Yes Yes Yes
Gulliver's Travels No Yes No
2011 The Muppets No Yes executive
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Yes Yes Yes
2014 Muppets Most Wanted No Yes executive
Neighbors Yes No No
Sex Tape No Yes No
2016 Zoolander 2 No Yes No
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Yes Yes No
Storks Yes Yes Yes
2017 Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie No Yes No Also soundtrack writer
Song: "Saturday"
2018 Night School No Yes No
Smallfoot No No executive
2019 Dora and the Lost City of Gold No Yes No
2020 Scoob No No executive
Tom & Jerry No No executive


Year Title Director Writer Executive
2000 Strangers with Candy No Yes No Episode "A Price Too High for Riches"
2001–2002 Undeclared No Yes No Various episodes;
Also story editor
2012 Entry Level Yes Yes Yes TV Movie
2015 The Carmichael Show No Yes No
The Grinder Yes No Yes
2017 Friends from College Yes Yes Yes Creator;
Netflix original series

Appeared as himself[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber Episode: Dennis Quaid/Damon Wayans/Nicholas Stoller
2010–2014 Made in Hollywood Episodes: #5.28 and #9.28
2010–2014 Last Call with Carson Daly Episodes: Episode dated 26 May 2010 and Nicholas Stoller/Theo Von/Cerebral Ballzy
2014 IMDb: What to Watch Episode Neighbors
Just Seen It Episodes Neighbors, Interview with Nicholas Stoller, Devil's Knot, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Other works[edit]

Year Title Notes
2007 Blades of Glory Soundtrack writer
Song: "Blades of Glory"
2009 Adventureland Thanks
2013 Turbo Additional screenplay material
2016 The Brothers Grimsby Special thanks
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Creative consultant
The Lego Ninjago Movie
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part


  1. ^ a b c Lacher, Irene (9 October 2005), "Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller", The New York Times, retrieved 10 April 2008
  2. ^ Bloom, Nate (25 November 2011). "Jewish Stars 11/25". Cleveland Jewish News.
  3. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (7 April 2008), "Teen angst bring laughs film director won't 'Forget'",, retrieved 26 May 2010
  4. ^ "The Dark Side" WHRB radio interview, 2008
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (22 April 2008), "Apatow, Stoller speak 'Greek'", Variety, retrieved 26 April 2008
  6. ^ "Jason Segel and Nick Stoller bring Muppets back". M&C Movie News. 13 March 2008. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  7. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (1 March 2012). "No Jason Segel for Muppets Sequel". IGN. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  8. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (28 February 2008). "Apatow sets 'Five-Year Engagement'". Variety. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  9. ^ "Exclusive photos: Eclectic cast makes Netflix's 'Friends from College'". 8 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.

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