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  1. David Wain Brings the History of ‘National Lampoon’ to Life with ‘A Futile […]David Wain is no stranger to disrupting an unsuspecting comedy mainstream. Before solidifying himself as a household name as the […]
  2. When Things Feel Hopeless, Turn to ‘The State’s Stupidity2016 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 […]
  3. Michael Ian Black and the Art of Debate As the 2016 presidential election quickly approaches, many people’s eyes are set on the debates. In timely fashion, Seeso is rolling out its […]
  4. comics talk to comics
    Michael Ian Black Talks to Kevin Allison About the State and Pee Parties“I have a lot of compassion for everyone in the group except for myself.”
  5. oral history
    Book Excerpt: The Union of the State “When I first met Tom Lennon, I thought he was the snootiest prick in the world.” —Joe Lo Truglio 
  6. An Oral History of ‘The State’ Is Out in MayIf you always wanted a book-length oral history of The State, your prayers have been answered, because today David Wain announced that a State […]
  7. a book!
    The State to Release a Complete Oral HistorySo much more than Reno 911!, though oh man, also Reno 911!
  8. Sketch Anatomy: Jake Fogelnest on ‘The State’s ‘Taco Man’Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite comedy writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one […]
  9. Watch the Original ‘Reno 911!’ Pilot That Fox Turned Down in 2001If you’re a fan of Comedy Central’s Reno 911!, Thomas Lennon has a big present for you. Lennon recently gave Nerdist an exclusive look at three […]
  10. 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 […]
  11. Ken Marino’s Kids Have Learned His Famous Catchphrase from ‘The State’Marry Me star Ken Marino was a guest on last night’s Late Night, where he admitted to teaching his five and seven-year-old children that his […]
  12. 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. […]
  13. David Wain Talks ‘They Came Together,’ ‘Superjail,’ and The State Reuniting Voicing the lead character on a returning animated series, preparing for the theatrical release of a new romantic comedy spoof, announcing the […]
  14. ‘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 […]
  15. ‘The State’ Is Releasing a New E-Book Version of Their Out of Print ’90s […]Comedy group The State announced today that they’re releasing their comedic USA travel book, State by State with The State: An Uninformed, […]
  16. Talking to Tom Lennon About Playing the Villain on NBC’s ‘Sean Saves the […]Best known for starring in and co-creating comedy nerd favorites like The State and Reno 911!, Tom Lennon is acting on a different kind of show […]
  17. 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 […]
  18. Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter Have a Podcast Together NowComedy duo Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter have teamed up for another project. The pair, who worked together previously on TV shows […]
  19. How Stella Kicked Off the Internet Comedy BoomBecause 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 […]
  20. Watching The State’s Revival of ‘Sex a.k.a. Weiners and Boobs’ at San […]As as an uber-fan of the famed nineties sketch group The State, it delights me that several of the members have continued to collaborate over […]
  21. Talking to Mather Zickel About ‘Newsreaders,’ Playing Bill Murray, and […] Having gone to college with the members of the comedy group The State in the late ‘80s, actor Mather Zickel began working with The State […]
  22. It’s That Episode 50: Kevin Allison, Ilana Glazer and Anthony Atamanuik […]On “It’s That Episode” Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode […]
  23. The Lost Roles Interview with Tom LennonLost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each […]
  24. fall tv 2013
    Michael Ian Black Is Developing a Family Sitcom for ABC With Ben Stiller It’s based on Black’s You’re Not Doing It Right.
  25. Talking to David Wain & Joe Lo Truglio About Theater, Constructing A […]Since their time with the sprawling 90’s MTV sketch group The State, David Wain and Joe Lo Truglio have gone on to, respectively, direct and […]
  26. Thomas Lennon is Co-Directing Robert Ben Garant’s ‘Baywatch’ MovieRobert Ben Garant will be joined by his partner in crime, fellow The State/Reno 911! alum Thomas Lennon, as his co-director for a comedy remake […]
  27. The Lost Roles Interview with Ken MarinoThis Lost Roles is brought to you by Childrens Hospital, which airs on Adult Swim tonight, and every Thursday, at midnight. Watch it why don’t […]
  28. The State is the Wu-Tang Clan of ComedyIn late 1993, MTV premiered The State, a sketch show run entirely by The State, a comedy group from NYU. The same year saw Loud Records […]
  29. The Lost Projects of David WainLost Roles is a weekly column taking a particular subject and exploring all of their movie and TV projects that came close to happening but […]
  30. Talking to Kevin Allison about the Risk! Podcast, The State, and His […]As a member of The State, the seminal mid-90’s comedy group whose MTV sketch show has developed a cult following and seen its members conquer […]
  31. Heaven, or the Wet Hot American Summer Set?Forget Party Down and Arrested Development. After reading this oral history of the making of Wet Hot American Summer, I am throwing all my […]
  32. tv
    From Weird Al to Beavis to Undressed: A History Lesson on MTV’s Scripted ShowsWhat, you forgot ‘Sifl & Olly’ and ‘The Young Ones’? What have Snooki and Co. done to you?
  33. Looking Back at The StateThe State was on MTV from 1993 to 1995, when the network was at the height of its power. Although there were a number of great sketch shows on […]
  34. Tales from the Road: A Conversation with Michael Ian BlackMichael Ian Black is a founding member of The State, a comedy troupe that produced the last intentionally funny programming ever seen on MTV. […]
  35. The State’s ‘Lost Album’ Is Available NowThe State’s “lost album,” Comedy for Gracious Living, is out now on Rhino records. Although, from the sound of the description, it may be […]
  36. the industry
    NBC Does Something Right, Gives Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant a ShowPlus: Zombie romance is finally here.
  37. apropos of nothing
    Is a ‘Wet Hot American Musical’ on the Way? Reading David Wain’s Tea LeavesWhat does “there’s been talk of a musical” really mean?
  38. last night's gig
    Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black Regale Sold-Out Crowd With Cavalcade of Dick JokesAt a sold-out Irving Plaza on Saturday, Showalter and Black, on tour in support of their respective debut albums, filled up two and a half hours with more dick jokes than you’d expect from successful indie comedians.