Nicholas Stoller

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Nicholas Stoller
Born (1976-03-19) March 19, 1976 (age 48)
London, England
  • Director
  • writer
  • producer
Alma materHarvard College
Years active2000–present
(m. 2005)
RelativesNicholas Delbanco (father-in-law)

Nicholas Stoller (born March 19, 1976) is a British-American filmmaker. He is known mainly for directing the comedy films Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), its spin-off/sequel Get Him to the Greek (2010), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), Neighbors (2014), its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), and Bros (2022), and the animated film Storks (2016). He also wrote the films Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Yes Man (2008), The Muppets (2011), its sequel Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Sex Tape (2014), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), Night School (2018), and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019), as well as co-creating the television series The Carmichael Show (2015–2017), Friends from College (2017–2019) and Platonic (2023–present).

Early life[edit]

Stoller was born in 1976 in London, England, and was raised in Miami, Florida, U.S., with his brother, Matt Stoller, a columnist.[1][2] His mother, Phyllis, is a travel tour operator, and his father, Eric C. Stoller, is a bank executive.[3] Stoller was raised Jewish.[4] He attended high school at St. Paul's, a New Hampshire boarding school.[5] 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.[3][6]


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.[7] 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.[8] After the film's success, Stoller and the film's director, James Bobin, wrote Muppets Most Wanted, a semi-sequel to the film.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

More recently, his Stoller Global Solutions company has renewed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.[12]

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.[3] They have two daughters.[5]



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
2022 DC League of Super-Pets No No Executive
Bros Yes Yes Yes
TBA Animal Farm No Yes No
You're Cordially Invited Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Director Writer Executive
Creator Notes
2000 Strangers with Candy No Yes No No Episode "A Price Too High for Riches"
2001–2002 Undeclared No Yes No No Multiple episodes, also story editor
2012 Entry Level Yes Yes Yes No Unsold pilot
2015 The Carmichael Show No Yes Yes Yes
The Grinder Yes No Yes No
2017–2019 Friends from College Yes Yes Yes Yes
2022 Panhandle No Yes Yes Yes
2023–present Platonic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Goosebumps No Yes Yes Yes

Appeared as himself

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 May 26, 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
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Special thanks
Puss in Boots
2013 Turbo Additional screenplay material
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Special thanks
Penguins of Madagascar
2016 The Brothers Grimsby
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Creative consultant
The Lego Ninjago Movie
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Ugly Dolls Special thanks
The Addams Family
2020 Scoob!
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm


  1. ^ "Nicholas Stoller". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  2. ^ Wallerstein, Andrew (June 28, 2012). "Brand X with Russell Brand". Variety.
  3. ^ a b c Lacher, Irene (October 9, 2005), "Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller", The New York Times, retrieved April 10, 2008
  4. ^ Bloom, Nate (November 25, 2011). "Jewish Stars 11/25". Cleveland Jewish News.
  5. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (April 7, 2008), "Teen angst bring laughs film director won't 'Forget'",, retrieved May 26, 2010
  6. ^ "The Dark Side" WHRB radio interview, 2008
  7. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (April 22, 2008), "Apatow, Stoller speak 'Greek'", Variety, retrieved April 26, 2008
  8. ^ "Jason Segel and Nick Stoller bring Muppets back". M&C Movie News. March 13, 2008. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  9. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (March 1, 2012). "No Jason Segel for Muppets Sequel". IGN. Archived from the original on March 3, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  10. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 28, 2008). "Apatow sets 'Five-Year Engagement'". Variety. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  11. ^ "Exclusive photos: Eclectic cast makes Netflix's 'Friends from College'". May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 15, 2021). "Nick Stoller Re-Ups Sony Pictures TV Overall Deal, Teams With Emerald Fennell For 'Sweetness' Comedy". Deadline. Retrieved July 16, 2021.

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