Thursday, July 2, 2009

Duh, daduh daduh daduh!

For over 15 years I've held in my mind memories of a sketch comedy show that surpasses all others. Words like random, absurd, and hypotenuse don't begin to describe it. It's a comedic genius taco wrapped in a brainless burrito smothered in stupid sauce and topped with brilliant cheese, then sent through a mindless broiler. It aired in 1993, back in the glory days on MTV when they had one-of-a-kind shows and actually showed music videos.

I am referring to MTV's The State. Many people have never heard of this show and they're probably smarter because of it. That does not mean they're better, though. I know a few friends that don't particularly find the humor of MTV's The State funny, and I send them my condolences. Since I consider myself a relatively intelligent person, I'm led to believe there's a threshold of intelligence whereupon their jokes are absolutely hilarious. I imagine it's about 2-3 IQ points wide. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

To get an idea of what I'm talking about, please watch the following sketch entitled, "Gang Fight":



That's one of their more "normal" sketches, if the word normal could ever be applied to such a group. At the time they were young, most in their early 20's and fresh out of college. They were given a TV show and allowed to do whatever they wanted. And that's exactly what they did. Some people loved it, some people were bored by it, and some thought they should be studied to try and find out how someone of such deficient mental capacities could function.

After the show ended many of the former members have gone on to do other projects: Michael Ian Black was on Ed and a regular on VH1's I Love The 80's, Thomas Lennon and others wrote the Night at the Museum movies and created/star in Reno 911!, others have had shows on Comedy Central or other such networks. Often their shows were short lived as their style of comedy is still rather, uhm, unique. It makes glad to see that Reno 911! has lasted.

On July 14th, the complete series will finally be out on DVD after almost 16 years. It's an understatement to say I've been waiting for this. Since about 2000 I've been regularly keeping up with it online, signing any and every petition I could find, scouring every fan page, and trying to do whatever I could to get this show on DVD. In 2002 for Speech I even performed a combination of sketches from The State. My scores were either 5's (lowest) or 1's (highest), almost entirely dependent on whether or not the judge was a college student who watched The State when it aired. It happened more often than I expected.

[I feel like I've already written a post on this, but was unable to find one. If I have, I apologize for repeating myself.]

1 comment:

--jeff * said...

boys and girls, action!