The Late Movies: Rare Comedy from The State

Ransom Riggs

Back in the mid-90s, the sketch comedy troupe The State was Kind of a Big Deal -- at least it was in my friend group, which quoted sketches like Taco Mailman and The Bearded Men of Space Station 11 absolutely to death. Anyone who felt like we did will be excited to learn that a treasure trove of new State videos have been unearthed, most of which seems to have been created before their much-acclaimed show on MTV. All the videos have the same format -- man-on-the-street interviews, mostly, it seems, with NYU students, who tell crazy stories which are then interpreted in comic fashion by members of the State. (BTW, you'll recognize members of The State from subsequent work, like Reno 911, Viva Variety and Wet Hot American Summer.) Here are some of my faves.

(Special thanks to Chris Higgins for letting me totally steal this blog idea from him.)

Naked Cousin from TheState on Vimeo.

If Lean On Me and Dead Poets' Society were about shop teachers.

Shop Class from TheState on Vimeo.

This one features Tom Lennon playing a cop, long before his years playing Lt. Jim Dangle on Reno 911.

Shooting Skeet from TheState on Vimeo.

A babysitting job winds up in The Twilight Zone.

Kid from TheState on Vimeo.

Eyewitnesses to an elicit kiss break it down like the Warren Commission did the JFK shooting.

JFK from TheState on Vimeo.

What if The Real World was set in Antarctica? (Slightly dated: remember when there was only one reality show?)

Cool World from TheState on Vimeo.

A cop who thinks DUIs are hilarious!

Courtroom Cop from TheState on Vimeo.

This guy was so nerdy, he didn't even wear hi-top sneakers!

Anything Goes from TheState on Vimeo.

The date from hell.

Bad Date from TheState on Vimeo.

Another version of hell: being followed everywhere by the guy from the B-52s.

B52s from TheState on Vimeo.

It's talk like a pirate day! Excellent jargon.

Boat Shoes from TheState on Vimeo.

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