In a world filled with hatred and division, we can all agree on one thing: The only books worth reading are the ones blurbed by “Weird Al” Yankovic. The State comedy troupe — including David Wain, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and the rest of your favorite writers and performers — is releasing an oral history titled Union of the State on May 3. The 11-person group has a quarter-century of comedy under their belts, having formed while undergrads at NYU. “The members of the State are my heroes, my peers and my friends. Individually and collectively they are responsible for an impressively large percentage of everything funny that currently exists in the world. For comedy nerds like me, it’s essential reading,” says Yankovic, which, again, is the litmus by which you should determine the value of the written word.
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