So now that MTV’s “The State” is finally out on DVD, I can take a moment to gush about just how fucking sweet this show is.
For those younger Nerd Citizens. “The State”, a sketch show with an eleven member ensemble, debuted on MTV in January 1994. The cast included Michael Showalter, David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Ken Marino, and Joe Lo Truglio. Sketches included such memorable characters as “Doug”, “Louie: The guy who comes in and keeps saying his catchphrase over and over again”, and “The Jew, The Italian and The Red Head Gay”.
Collectively since their appearances on the show, the cast has been responsible for an astounding amount of awesome material including, but not limited to “The Baxter“, “Wet Hot American Summer“, “Stella“, “Role Models“, “Reno 911“, “Viva Variety“, “The Ten‘, “The Michael Showalter Showalter“, as well as memorable appearances in “Pineapple Express“, “Superbad“, and “I Love You Man“.
Basically, these are some of the funniest motherfuckers alive, and this is an awesome collection of their hilarious early work. This is a must-buy for any self-respecting comedy nerd. Get it here.