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MTV’s Glory Days


You might not remember, but MTV was once a pretty exciting place. (We’re a little foggy on it ourselves.) Something about the convergence of grunge, the first flush of cable and the timeless rock-star cool made for one of the more exciting spots on TV. But we're pretty sure they still had cubicles.

This short from The State sums it up quite nicely, and after their spectacular flameout on the network, they should know better than almost anyone. They’ve been dropping vintage video clips onto their Vimeo page all week to promote their newly dropped DVD, but nothing sums up the flightly hipness and frustration better than the sketch that starts halfway through. Just skip through until you see the intern chuckling nervously, too worried to say what he really thinks of his boss.

Naturally, it never found its way onto MTV’s site…

See the short»

The State is the Greatest Human Achievement


We’ve gushed about this before, but we thought you might be due for a reminder. Starting today, the entire televised output of The State will be available on DVD, just in time for Bastille Day.

It’s a very conceptual breed of comedy, but the familiar faces (if not names) and cred factor should make it worth picking up even if you aren’t a comedy nerd. And the appeal of $240 worth of pudding is pretty much universal.

After the jump, The Bearded Men of Space Station 11!!!»

The Health of the State


It looks like the 90s comedy troupe The State is finally getting the DVD treatment. Of course, it’s been a long time coming, especially given the original series cult status and the long, long string of projects State members have done in the years since the show was canceled—including (deep breath) Reno 911, Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Wainy Days, The Baxter, The Ten, Role Models, and the unrecognized masterpiece Herbie Fully Loaded.

See the DVD trailer, and a few of the better sketches»