The State (1993–1995)

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Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program.

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Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program.

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The cast was extremely reluctant to write material for recurring characters, but pressure from the network forced them to do so. When the character of Doug and his catch phrase "I'm outta heeeere..." began to catch on, Michael Showalter, who played and created Doug, conceptualized the second season sketch in which Doug gets annoyed by everyone finding his rebellious slogan charming. See more »

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Doug: I'm Doug and I'm out of here.
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Referenced in Comedy Central Presents: My First Time (2008) See more »

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Carin' 'bout Karen
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Much better now that I look back
1 June 2003 | by (Fairmont, WV, USA) – See all my reviews

A few years ago when I offered comments about "Viva Variety" here, I mentioned its connection with the "occasionally hilarious" series "The State." Well, now I realize that "The State" was darn funny more often than just occasionally. The problem was mostly with the first season, really. That was the batch of episodes on which, according to a New York Times article, MTV imposed a dumbing-down to appeal to a supposed audience of sophomoric headbangers. And it showed: the early episodes featured (among a handful of gems) a lot of pointless surrealism-for-its-own-sake and even more running around & screaming to the accompaniment of MTV hits.

But then things started to look up. The eleven-member troupe apparently said "To hell with the network, we're going to do this our way" - which, unfortunately, is probably what led to the show's fairly early cancellation. But while they lasted, the remaining seasons showcased some brilliant stuff. The vacationers who went camping - inside a stranger's house (one camper found a grocery-store package of mushrooms on the kitchen counter, consulted a nature guidebook, and declared, "Good, these aren't poisonous"). The little boy who wrote the school nutrition pageant all by himself, only to face teachers and parents who dismissed his play for its weak characterizations and lack of subtext: "Clearly, you have never read Athol Fugard's 'Dimetos.'" And then there was the blind man who shared his story with a completely uninformed talk-show audience, including a doctor who had written a book called "Coping with Blindness" but neglected to print it in Braille. (The doctor, by the way, was played by Thomas Lennon, and I must give him a special mention as a standout actor; nobody could deliver a marvelously deadpan line quite like Tom.)

That's not to say that the show never reverted to its old screeching obnoxiousness. Overall, though, it often had this great quality going for it: multi-layered sketches. Instead of just coasting on one-joke premises, "The State" included amusing throwaway dialogue ("I have a very Eastern concept of what God is." "You mean, like Connecticut?"), quick allusions (While some students confessed to cheating on tests and the like, Shakespeare popped in and admitted he'd used a ghost writer) and visual gags (in the middle of an impassioned speech, one man dramatically removed his moustache rather than his glasses).

Keeping the laugh quotient high in a sketch comedy can't be an easy thing to do, so "occasionally hilarious" is probably quite an achievement. Watching it again, I see that applying that description to "The State" isn't enough after all.


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