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Gratuitious Search Term Bait of the Day: Toothbrush Has Come Back to You

A couple of months ago we had the search term “toothbrush the state video.”  Unfortunately, we were unable to come up with that sketch for you, and hung our heads in shame.  But guys asked for it again, and while we can’t provide the whole sketch for legal reasons (Viacom is particularly protective of their content), we can offer an excerpt from it.  Today redemption is spelled “J-u-m-p-e-d-t-h-e-s-n-a-r-k.”

And while we’re speaking of Michael Ian Black (well, by “speaking” we mean “uploading a video that stars”), we implore you to check out “Michael & Tom Eat Snacks,” the amazing new podcast in which Black and his Ed co-star Tom Cavanaugh eat, and discuss, snacks (well, one snack per episode).  Just another podcast we’ve recently fallen in love with (sounds like Mondays might have to be our podcast day).

YOU’RE WELCOME.

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The State Continues Its March Towards Dominating All Forms Of Media, Just 14 Years Later

From 1993 – 1995 The State was the premiere sketch comedy show on MTV, if not of all of cable.  In the fall of ’95 they crossed over to network television into the pantheon of classic variety shows with the well received if little-seen one-off “The State’s 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special.”  They then followed up their assault on television with the release of their somewhat legendary, thoroughly inaccurate and mildly successful travel guide State by State with The State.

And then, like that, they were gone.

Sure, members of the troupe would soon pop up in things like Ed, Men Behaving Badly, and Game Boy commercials.  And then, of course, they all basically found various degrees of success with other efforts, such as Stella, Reno 911, Party Down, and, in the case of Joe Lo Truglio, playing the creepy guy in Judd Apatowian films, and now they have wallets made out of money.  But, with the exception of a somewhat recent appearance at Sketchfest, there have been no projects featuring the whole team, just our grainy VHS tapes, our oft-removed YouTube clips, our creased paperbacks, and, after what seemed like an interminable wait, our glorious DVDs to sate our appetetite.  But, even with the DVDs, and their extensive special features and informative commentaries, there remained a void, a void created by a long-rumored, never been heard State comedy album.

Well, that myth is now a reality.  Fourteen years later Comedy for Gracious Living will finally see the light of day.

Sketch comedy, variety shows, travel literature and now, after many years, The State officially enters the hallowed ground of comedy albums.  What’s next?  Who knows?  But if I were you, Broadway, I’d watch out.

To celebrate, let’s go to the zoo and watch the monkeys do it.

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Redefining sitcom romance through Jim & Pam

Piggy backing on my earlier Office commentary, Allan Sepinwall of the Newark Star-Ledger penned a great article explaining why the Jim/Pam romance is so refreshing, and reverses the unfortunate “will they-won’t they” sitcom trope beget by Moonlighting.  As he points out, there’s nothing wrong with resolving sexual tension.

(although did we really need to take a shot at Ed?  I think never finding an audience was  punishment enough)

The Office: Why Jim and Pam’s wedding is good for TV comedy

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