Nicholas Stoller

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Nicholas Stoller
Born (1976-03-19) 19 March 1976 (age 41)
London, England, UK
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 2000–present
Spouse Francesca Delbanco (m. 2005)
Children 2

Nicholas Stoller (born 19 March 1976) is a British-American filmmaker. 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).

Life and career[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. He attended high school at St. Paul's, a New Hampshire boarding school.[2] 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][3]

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 18 April 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.[4] The film reteamed Stoller and Apatow with Forgetting Sarah Marshall co-stars Jonah Hill and Russell Brand. The film premiered on 25 May 2010 and opened in theaters on 4 June 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.[5] After the film's success, Stoller and the film's director, James Bobin, wrote Muppets Most Wanted, a semi-sequel to the film.[6]

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.[7] 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 23 September 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.[8]

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.[2]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane No Yes No
2007 Blades of Glory No No No Soundtrack writer
Song: "Blades of Glory"
2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Yes No No
Yes Man No Yes No
2009 Adventureland No No No Thanks
2010 Get Him to the Greek Yes Yes Yes
Gulliver's Travels No Yes No
2011 The Muppets No Yes Yes Executive producer
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Yes Yes Yes
2013 Turbo No No No Additional screenplay material
2014 Muppets Most Wanted No Yes Yes Executive producer
Neighbors Yes No No
Sex Tape No Yes No
2016 Zoolander 2 No Yes No
The Brothers Grimsby No No No Special thanks
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Yes Yes No
Storks[9] Yes Yes Yes
2017 The Lego Batman Movie No No No Creative consultant
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie No Yes No


Year TV Series Role Notes
2000 Strangers with Candy Writer Episode: #2.10: A Price Too High for Riches
2001–2002 Undeclared Writer, Story Editor Various Episodes
2010 In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber Himself Episode: Dennis Quaid/Damon Wayans/Nicholas Stoller
2010–2014 Made in Hollywood Himself Episodes: #5.28 and #9.28
2010–2014 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself Episodes: Episode dated 26 May 2010 and Nicholas Stoller/Theo Von/Cerebral Ballzy
2012 Entry Level Director, Writer, Executive Producer TV Movie
2014 IMDb: What to Watch Himself Episode: Neighbors
2014 Just Seen It Himself Episode: Neighbors, Interview with Nicholas Stoller, Devil's Knot, The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2015 The Carmichael Show Writer
2015 The Grinder Director, Executive Producer
2017 Friends from College Creator, Writer, Director, Executive Producer


  1. ^ a b c Lacher, Irene (9 October 2005), "Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller", The New York Times, retrieved 10 April 2008 
  2. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (7 April 2008), "Teen angst bring laughs film director won’t ‘Forget’",, retrieved 26 May 2010 
  3. ^ "The Dark Side" WHRB radio interview, 2008
  4. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (22 April 2008), "Apatow, Stoller speak 'Greek'", Variety, retrieved 26 April 2008 
  5. ^ "Jason Segel and Nick Stoller bring Muppets back". M&C Movie News. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  6. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (2012-03-01). "No Jason Segel for Muppets Sequel". IGN. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  7. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (28 February 2008). "Apatow sets 'Five-Year Engagement'". Variety. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive photos: Eclectic cast makes Netflix's 'Friends from College'". 2017-05-08. Retrieved 2017-05-08. 
  9. ^ "Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer to Voice Animated ‘Storks’". Variety. April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 

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