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When Things Feel Hopeless, Turn to ‘The State’s Stupidity

2016 was a very, very bad year no matter how you slice it. In tough times, comedy is often a form of escape that people turn to when they need comforting. With that in mind, we asked our contributors to pick the one piece of comedy in any form [...]

By Erica Lies

An Oral History of ‘The State’ Is Out in May

If you always wanted a book-length oral history of The State, your prayers have been answered, because today David Wain announced that a State oral history book by Corey Stulce called The Union of the State will be available on Tuesday, May 3rd [...]

By Megh Wright

Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, and the Lasting Legacy of ‘Reno 911!’

The team of Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant are a match made in comedy entertainment heaven. As members of the comedy troupe and MTV television show The State, these two created (along with Kerri Kenney-Silver) and starred in the ever popular, [...]

By Kaitlynn E A Smith

Revisiting the Surreal World of ‘Viva Variety’

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, [...]

By Ramsey Ess

‘The State’ Reunited on ‘@midnight’ Yesterday

The State alums Michael Showalter, Kerri Kenny-Silver, and Michael Ian Black were last night's @midnight celebrity contestants, which quickly evolved into a nearly complete The State reunion (sans Todd Holoubek and Kevin Allison) full of [...]

By Megh Wright

The 20 Best Forgotten Sketches from ‘The State’

Anyone who grew up on MTV in the 90s can quote lines from the short-lived cult sketch comedy show, The State. Even casual fans are familiar with the classics like Michael Showalter’s rebel-without-a-cause character, Doug, and his famous line, [...]

By Dan Ozzi

Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter Have a Podcast Together Now

Comedy duo Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter have teamed up for another project. The pair, who worked together previously on TV shows like The State, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues, just debuted a new podcast this week [...]

By Bradford Evans

How Stella Kicked Off the Internet Comedy Boom

Because we live in a time of comedic plenty, it’s hard to remember what life was like before the comedy boom. YouTube was only invented in 2005 and, as recently as ten years ago, a person had to do some serious digging to find something funny [...]

By Matt Domino