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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1.   WHAT IS THE STATE?
2.   HOW DID YOU GUYS GET STARTED?
3.   TELL ME ABOUT THAT THEME SONG.
4.   ARE YOU STILL ON MTV?
5.   WHAT'S UP WITH THE DVD?
6.   WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR MTV SHOW?
7.   WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE STATE?
8.   WHERE ARE YOU ALL FROM?
9.   WHAT ABOUT YOUR CBS SHOW?
10. ARE YOU GOING TO BE BACK ON TV AGAIN?
11. IS THERE A STATE NEWSGROUP?
12. OTHER WEB PAGES?
13. WHO RUNS THE WEBSITE?
14. WHAT'S YOUR ADDRESS?
15. WILL MTV PLAY THE STATE AGAIN?
16. WILL YOU SEND A PHOTO/T-SHIRT/VIDEO etc.?
17. WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE STATE?
18. WHAT DOES THE NAME "THE STATE" MEAN?
19. WHERE CAN I FIND ARTICLES/PHOTOS OF THE STATE IN MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS?


1. WHAT IS THE STATE?

The State is a group of ten writer/filmmaker/performers who have created sketch comedy together in various media starting in 1988.


2. HOW DID YOU GUYS GET STARTED?

The group was formed in October of 1988. We were freshman and sophomore film and drama majors at New York University. We performed in theatres, clubs and colleges while also making films and videos for our shows. In 1992 we were hired by MTV to contribute segments to "You Wrote It You Watch It", a series hosted by Jon Stewart. As a result of our work on that show, The State was hired to create its own pilot then series for MTV.

The MTV show premiered in January of 1994, at which time it received some extremely bad reviews, which were proudly displayed in the highly talked about "more miserable crap" promo on MTV. Since then, the series was renewed twice, garnering increasingly good ratings, reviews and feedback as the critics and audiences caught on. (including being one of the top 10 shows of the year in the Wall Street Journal and highest rated sketch show in Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone.)

3. TELL ME ABOUT THAT THEME SONG.

The words to the theme song on MTV were "Boys and Girls - Action." The words to the CBS State theme song are "El Estados Es Amour" (french/spanish for The State Is Love). Both themes were done by Craig Wedren of the band Shudder To Think and Eli Janney of the band Girls Against Boys. Both bands have many great CDs, although neither State theme is available for purchase at this time. Craig's Website

4. ARE YOU STILL ON MTV?

We did 26 episodes of The State on MTV in the mid 90s and they stopped showing them long ago.

5. WHAT'S UP WITH THE DVD?

The DVD will be released July 14th 2009.

We (the eleven original members of The State) have worked closely with MTV to provide you with the best possible representation of our series. We want this to be the high quality DVD that so many of you have been asking for over the last ten years. To that end we have provided commentary from a different selection of us on each episode, and a treasure trove of extras, including more than an hour's worth of unaired sketches (many of which should never have seen the light of day) never-released interviews from the time, promos, outtakes, our original (unaired) pilot and more.

The episodes on this DVD are exactly as they aired originally, with two exceptions:

1) Back in the free-wheeling 1990s, we had access to a huge library of popular songs to use as a soundtrack for the show. Today, licensing this music for the DVD would have cost us millions of dollars, and most of it was unavailable to us at any price. However, we have worked very closely with original series composer (and consummate rock star) Craig Wedren to carefully replace certain tracks, while maintaining the spirit of the original sketches as much as possible. The only moment in the whole series that we could not include on the DVD is a 15-second "link" where characters are singing a Pearl Jam song which we could not get the rights to.

2) A few brand names and images had to be blurred or replaced for legal reasons.

Latest info at our home page and at MTV's page

6. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR MTV SHOW?

Contrary to rumor, The State WAS NOT cancelled by MTV. We decided to leave the network for many reasons, one of which was a desire to establish ourselves as an entity that exists apart from any particular employer or TV Network.

7. WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE STATE?

The State was not assembled by a producer, casting director or corporation. The members of the State created the group and the show, and we wrote, directed, edited and performed our material ourselves.

8. WHERE ARE YOU ALL FROM? WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

The State was based in New York City. Now the members all live in L.A. and/or NYC.

9. WHAT ABOUT YOUR CBS SHOW?

Our network debut, the CBS special ("The State's 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special") aired on October 27, 1995. Musical guest was Sonic Youth. The reviews were great, but there was no promotion nor ratings, and CBS decided not to renew us. So ended The State on TV.

10. ARE YOU GOING TO BE BACK ON TV AGAIN?

It's unlikely there will be another State series, but State projects may happen again someday.

11. IS THERE A STATE NEWSGROUP?

Yes - it's alt.tv.the-state

12. OTHER WEB PAGES?

There are many unofficial fan sites, but they come and go. Best to google the state mtv


13. WHO RUNS THE WEBSITE?

The site is updated (VERY occasionally) by David Wain. The original design was done by Sam Stinson, a fan who graciously volunteered his time.


14. WHAT'S YOUR ADDRESS?

We have no mailing address anymore. Best bet is e-mail or write c/o Principato-Young Entertainment, 9465 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills CA 90212. 

15. WILL MTV PLAY THE STATE AGAIN?

If you want MTV to play the old episodes, please get in touch with MTV programming because we have nothing to do with that!

MTV Programming
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036 

16. WILL YOU SEND A PHOTO/T-SHIRT/VIDEO etc.?

Sorry, but we are not set up financially or logistically at this time to send autographed photos. And there is no State merchandise right now.

17. WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE STATE? 

Kevin Allison
Michael Ian Black
Ben Garant
Todd Holoubek
Michael Patrick Jann
Kerri Kenney
Thomas Lennon
Joe Lo Truglio
Ken Marino
Michael Showalter
David Wain

18. WHAT DOES THE NAME "THE STATE" MEAN?

Nothing in particular.

19. WHERE CAN I FIND ARTICLES/PHOTOS OF THE STATE IN MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS?

Wall St. Journal - June 20, 1994 p. A12 (Top 10 TV Shows of the Year)
USA TODAY - March 31, 1994; Oct 27, 1995 (review)
SMUG Magazine - March 1995 (cover story)
Hollywood Reporter - Oct 27, 1995 (review of CBS special)
Entertainment Weekly - January 27, 1995 (10 Stupid Questions)
New York Times - January 8, 1995 - (extensive article)
Daily News TV Guide January 16, 1994 (negative review: "It's so terrible it deserves to be studied. Every scene and performance should be examined in detail so that MTV is sure never, ever to produce anything like it again...a historic mess.")
Mademoiselle November 1995 - Photo spread of us naked.
PAPER Magazine Review Oct. 1994
Chicago Sun-Times - Jan 21, 1994
Details Feb 1996 (very extensive article w/photos)
GQ - May 1995 (Photo spread of us modeling raincoats)
Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Sportswear Catalog Spring 1995 (The State modeling Izod shirts)

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