is a sketch comedy troupe best known for our self-titled series on MTV 1992-95.
The group formed in 1988 and its members have continued to work together in various configurations ever since. Projects that are the co-creations of various State members include
THE STATE ALBUM "Comedy for Gracious Living"
Our long-lost comedy album has finally been released! 25 tracks recorded in 1996. Information and ordering
WROTE IT, YOU WATCH IT
Early shorts we made for "You Wrote It, You Watch It" on MTV in the
early 90's are now on
We'd all just graduated college and were all doing our first
"professional" work. We went out an interviewed people on the street,
asking them for funny stories from their lives, then we'd intercut the
stories with our comedic re-enactments. We served as our own cast and
crew, and were given a hi-8 video camera, 3 lights, a one-room office,
and a $50 per week prop budget.
"In just 3 short seasons, MTV's The State established itself as
one of the most influential sketch comedy series of all time, and
kick-started the careers of some of the most successful comedy actors,
writers and directors of our generation." --Crave
MICHAEL IAN BLACK THOMAS LENNON MICHAEL SHOWALTER DAVID WAIN State article in FILTER Check out a wonderful
article from FILTER magazine.
Entertainment Weekly EW published this full page article about The State in their June 24, 2006
issue! DETAILS Read the full TEXT of the 1996 Details Magazine article about
the rise and fall of The State. Do your
own version of a play by
Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Showalter and David Wain! SEX, a.k.a. WEINERS AND BOOBS
is available to theater companies of any size to produce!
All info is at PLAYSCRIPTS.COM. Our book STATE BY STATE WITH THE STATE
and the MTV home video THE STATE: SKITS AND STICKERS
may be available used from from Amazon or ebay.