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One of the 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

according the the 2016 Rolling Stone poll of actors, writers, producers, critics, showrunners.



is the oral history of the troupe’s creation, dissolution, reinvention and reunion over the last three decades, told by the members of the group and their collaborators.

Years in the making, this is the whole story!

Order now!

Here's a review! 


We did a show at Festival Supreme in Los Angeles, October 25, 2014

Here's a writeup from Huffington Post and one from Rolling Stone

THE STATE is a sketch comedy troupe best known for our self-titled sketch comedy series on MTV (1992–95). The group formed in 1988 and its members have continued to work together in various configurations ever since.

A Brief History
FAQ & Trivia




The State



Kevin Allison   @TheKevinAllison  

Kevin Allison


Michael Ian Black   @MichaelIanBlack     Website  

Michael Ian Black



Robert Ben Garant   IMDb  

Robert Ben Garant


Todd Holoubek   Website  

Todd Holoubek


Michael Patrick Jann   IMDb  

Michael Patrick Jann


Kerri Kenney-Silver   @KerriKenney

Kerri Kenney-Silver


Thomas Lennon   @thomaslennon  

Thomas Lennon


Joe Lo Truglio   @JoeLoTruglio     Website  

Joe Lo Truglio



Ken Marino   @KenMarino  

Ken Marino


Michael Showalter   @mshowalter     Website

Michael Showalter



David Wain   @davidwain     Website  

David Wain



State Stuff:


The State E-Book is here!

The long out-of-print State By State with The State: An Uninformed, Poorly Researched Guide To Traveling In The United States is back as an e-book!

Order it from iBooks here. Or from Amazon here

     "One of the most entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny books in decades"
         --David Wain, filmmaker



 The MTV Series

You can buy our complete MTV series on Amazon or iTunes.

"In just 3 short seasons, MTV's The State established itself as one of the most influential sketch comedy series of all time, and kick-started the careers of some of the most successful comedy actors, writers and directors of our generation."
--Crave Online



The Album

The long-lost State comedy album, Comedy for Gracious Living, is available on Amazon

25 tracks recorded in 1996.


You Wrote It, You Watch It

A 1992 MTV series, hosted by Jon Stewart. We interviewed people on the street asking for funny stories from their lives, then we re-enacted them. See all the segments on this Vimeo channel. 



...written and/or directed by members of The State

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Wet Hot American Summer  (2001) 
Taxi  (2004) 
Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)
The Pacifier (2005)
The Baxter (2005)
Night At The Museum  (2006)
Diggers  (2006)
Let's Go to Prison (2006) 
The Ten  (2007)
Wedding Daze  (2007)
Balls of Fury  (2007)
Run, Fatboy
Reno 911!: Miami  (2007)
Role Models (2008)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Wanderlust (2012)
Hell Baby (2013)
Jessabelle (2014)
They Came Together (2014)


TV & Web series...

...created and/or produced by members of The State

The State (1993)
The State's 43rd All Star Halloween Special (1995)
Viva Variety (1997)
Stella (2005)
Reno 911! (2005)
Wainy Days (2007)
The Michael Showalter Showalter (2007)

Horrible People (2008)
Little Britain USA (2008)
Hot Sluts (2009)
Risk (2009)
Michael & Michael Have Issues (2009)
Childrens Hospital (2010)
Burning Love (2012)
You're Whole (2012)
Topics (2013)