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4th Oct '13 5:08:58 AM Rethkir
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-->''And Now For A Special Television Event...''

Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''TheState'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such shows as ''{{Reno 911}}'', ''VivaVariety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', and Stella's spiritual successor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues''.

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!!This show features examples of:

* AllLoveIsUnrequited
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Wildly subverted. Doug is embarrassed by his dad for seemingly no reason other than he's a teen and unconsciously believes rebellion and being misunderstood make one cool. His dad is one of the coolest, most down-to-earth people in the world, to the point where his friends quickly prefer to hang out with his dad over him.
* BerserkButton:
** Anything to do with the BurgerFool is one for the employees in the sketch "Service with a Smile".
* BitingTheHandHumor: Many sketches parodied or outright mocked other MTV programs:
** their "Free Your Mind" anti-bigotry ad campaign, for pirates versus clowns, people with tape on their face, and "smokers are people too".
** An [[UnpluggedVersion Unplugged song]] called "You'll Always Give Me a Boner".
** an MTV Sports episode for golf.
** One sketch involves Michael Ian Black complaining that The State doesn't get to be in the audience of Unplugged, pointing out the (supposed) employees who kept them out sitting in Unplugged's audience.
* BlatantLies: The sketch in which a husband denies he's cheating on his wife, even as his mistress storms in on them. Avoids ImplausibleDeniability because his two-faced fast talk actually ''works''.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: "Tenement", an adaptation of a Eugene O'Neill-esque one act play, which replaces all the original profanities with {{unusual euphemism}}s.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: One "Hi, we're The State" sketch, in which the cast goes over all of the good deeds they do, and points out that they don't do any of the terrible things possibly attributed to them. Except sell babies on the black market ("...and we're not even sure it's really all that bad.").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Inverted by a sketch which actually ''showed'' the fourth wall -- and blocked the audience's view.
* BurgerFool: "CHICKEN ''SANDWICH'', '''CAAARLLLL!''' WHAT ARE YA, ''DEAF''?!"
* TheCameo: Several, including an appearance by Gilbert Gottfried, and a split second of Alice Cooper walking through the background of a shot.
* CasanovaWannabe: Barry and Levon... ''aww, yeah!''
* CatchPhrase: Deconstructed with Louie, the Guy Who Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again.[[note]]For anyone wondering, the catchphrase is "I wanna dip my balls in it!", said while holding golf balls.[[/note]]
** Played straight with Doug, and his "I'm outta here" in increasingly bizarre inflections.
* CoveredInGunge / FoodFight: "The Pope's Visit"
* CrossCastRole: With only one woman, happens ''a lot''. Occasionally lampshaded.
* {{Deconstruction}}: ...of the usual sketch-comedy tropes, such as RecurringCharacter and CatchPhrase.
* DeepSouth: "The Inbred Brothers"
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud
* TheDitz: The Inbred Brothers
* DontExplainTheJoke: One sketch consists primarily of David Wain stopping to explaining the premise that "anything that isn't true is funny".
* DVDCommentary: On every episode and deleted scene. Quite informative and entertaining usually. And with 11 members, there are quite a few combinations of commentary groups.
* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Embarrassing Last Name]]: Mr. Magina
* ExecutiveMeddling: CrossesTheLineTwice Louie was written at the request of executives for a character with a catch phrase. He was made as ridiculous as possible in the hope that the matter would be dropped. Instead the group ended up liking the character and placed him in future sketches.
** The team explains on commentary that the show was originally launched because MTV wanted their first foray into the "sketch show" genre, so the first season was very much about what the network wanted. They felt since MTV was a '''MUSIC NETWORK''' ([[NetworkDecay Hey, imagine that!]]), that the sketches should occasionally have to do with a music theme. This explains the sketch where Slash from Guns n' Roses is in the woman's kitchen. This got less prevalent as the show progressed, by the 3rd and 4th season the gang was pretty much allowed to do whatever.
* FiveManBand: Although the group consisted of eleven people, certain members did tend to fall into certain archetypes.
** TheHero: Thomas Lennon
** TheLancer: Michael Ian Black
** TheSmartGuy: Michael Showalter
** TheBigGuy: Ken Marino
** TheChick: Kerri Kenney
** SixthRanger: Joe Lo Truglio / Ben Garant
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Hey Steve, you're the coolest. I'm glad you don't have a terrible secret that would threaten your status here in high school."
* FormerTeenRebel: Principal Wheeler of Doug's high school. As a youth he was involved with [[NoodleIncident mysterious disappearance of the Westbury High Mascot.]]
* GagPenis: An infamous appearance on MTV Spring Break's ''Shut Up and Laugh'' where the cast acted out a scene, supposedly from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', that contained an uncomfortable amount of focus on the ludicrously tight leotards worn by the cast.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As long as Louie was clearly shown carrying a pair of ''golf'' balls, the network was willing to shrug it off as innuendo.
* GoodOldWays: The Old-Fashioned Guy thinks he's this, when in fact he's more....[[CloudCuckooLander eccentric.]]
* HamToHamCombat: The argument in "Hepcat" between Hepcat and his father, in which each line of dialogue is a melodramatic showstopper, despite not following from the previous line.
* HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement: Since ''The State'' was on MTV, they got to use a lot of popular songs during their run. Most of it had to be replaced with sound-alikes when the DVD came out. There was even an insert written by the members of the group about how they worked to make it as close as possible.
* IAmWho?: Parodied with a sketch where the proprietors of an orphanage tell an orphan that he's actually a super-powered alien named Tozog. [[spoiler: He's not. They ''never'' are.]]
--> "Walk it off, Tozog!"
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Maybe you should try... pants!"
* InnerMonologue
* JuxtapositionGag: "Taco Mail", "Slash Infestation", etc. etc. etc.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Played with in the "Grandma's Potato Chowder" sketch. It would seem that he ''doesn't'' know what they mean. [[spoiler:He knows all too well.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: "Just The 160,000 Of Us"
* MenstrualMenace: "PMS", in which Kerri Kenney's character transforms, in rapid succession, into several ''male'' members of the cast.
* MonochromeCasting: Ten white guys and one white girl.
* MuppetCameo: Played with in one sketch. Characters call out for help with simple tasks (like counting to 10 or tying their shoes) and a ''SesameStreet''-like muppet appears to help out. The character then kills the muppet, so they can [[LetsMeetTheMeat eat it]].
* TheMusical: The ''Porcupine Racetrack'' skit.
* MustHaveCaffeine: "Coffee Family"
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Everybody in the troupe (yes, ''including'' Kerri) has been naked in at least one sketch. A few sketches in fact had ''everybody'' naked at once.
* {{Narrator}}: Voiceovers on the show -- especially for the commercial parodies -- were frequently provided by [[HeyItsThatVoice Larry]] [[{{Thundercats}} Kenney]], [[RealLifeRelative Kerri Kenney's dad]].
* NonverbalMiscommunication: The International Sign For Choking -> The International Sign For My Friend Is Choking, I Don't Know The Heimlich Maneuver, Can You Call For Help -> The International Airport Sign For I Did Not Understand Your Last Message, I Was Raised In The Mountains Of Japan And Am Not Familiar With All The International Signs -> Japanese Kabuki for My Friend Is Almost Unconscious -> Tibetan Dance for The Waiter Is On Fire -> The International Sign for [[ManOnFire I Am On Fire]] -> the Pueblo sign for I Hate Accountants -> The Accountant Dance of War -> The International Cry of It's OK, Big Misunderstanding, Everything's Fine, Except For The Guy At Table 4, Who's Unconscious -> signals to the busboy to get a stretcher for Table 4 -> the busboy gets Table 4 a year's supply of radishes -> the customer at Table 4 ''stops choking''
* OpenMindedParent and ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Featured in the "Doug" sketches, much to Doug's consternation.
* OutOfFocus:
** Intentionally invoked by Michael Patrick Jann and Todd Holoubek; both preferred standing behind the camera to acting.
** Parodied with one opening monologue by David Wain, where he states that he doesn't get as much screen time as other cast members, but enjoys expressing himself through his behind-the-scenes editing work... followed by the opening credits being very noticeably re-edited to feature him as much as possible.
* OverUsedRunningGag: Parodied with Louie's constantly repeated CatchPhrase, "I wanna dip my balls in it!"
* ReunionShow: the entire cast appeared in the {{Reno 911}} [[TheMovie movie]], and a Website/YouTube sketch was created to promote the initial re-release of the program on iTunes.
* RipVanWinkle: Parodied in "Short Coma". He was in a coma for one of the most eventful early afternoons in history.
* SelfDeprecation: The show often brought up the "negative two-star" review they received from the ''New York Times''.
* SexSells: Parodied in a sketch where a newspaper re-tinkers every headline to read "Porno Sex Addict Rocks New York".
* ShoutOut:
** The first season opening used an MTV version of CBS's Special title card.
** The second season used ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'''s.
* ShowWithinAShow: A good 35% of the sketches were ''The State'' pretending to be another show.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Kerri Kenney. Leads to her being in almost every sketch.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: "Porcupine Racetrack", "The Bearded Men of Space Station 11"- neither have any jokes but are [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan favorites]] ([[BrokenBase or]] TheUnfavorite).
* SpinOff: ''Viva Variety'' started off as a skit on this show.
* SurrealThemeTune: "BOYS AND GIRLS! [[NoIndoorVoice ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! ACTION!]]"
* TeamMom: Kerri Kenney, in one sketch.
* TiredOfRunning: Played with in a sketch where a prison escapee turns himself in several years after the search for him has been called off. The prison still has the unguarded wide-open gate he walked out through.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible:
** [[{{in-universe}} Parodied]] with a sketch about a high-school cheerleader who wants to be the next Music/LaurieAnderson.
** Lampooned in a sketch where the art community rallies around the idle notebook doodles of a bored 15-year-old girl.
** Subverted with a sketch where a panel of snooty experts, asked to ''define'' "art", rapidly conclude that it's "like, paintings and stuff."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Totally inverted in the "Where's The Mousey?" sketch, where we see ''what'' happened, as a huge stuffed mouse crashes onto a family's dining room table, while they keep shouting about "the mousey" but admitting they don't know why.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway?: Lampshaded with poor Aquaman.
--> '''Superman''': Aquaman... go talk to some fish! ''[[ButtMonkey (rest of the Justice League laughs)]]''
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''Na na na na, '''hoooooooo'''...''

to:

[[quoteright:347:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_states_3140.jpg]]

-->''And Now For A Special Television Event...''

Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''TheState'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such shows as ''{{Reno 911}}'', ''VivaVariety'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', and Stella's spiritual successor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues''.

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!!This show features examples of:

* AllLoveIsUnrequited
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Wildly subverted. Doug is embarrassed by his dad for seemingly no reason other than he's a teen and unconsciously believes rebellion and being misunderstood make one cool. His dad is one of the coolest, most down-to-earth people in the world, to the point where his friends quickly prefer to hang out with his dad over him.
* BerserkButton:
** Anything to do with the BurgerFool is one for the employees in the sketch "Service with a Smile".
* BitingTheHandHumor: Many sketches parodied or outright mocked other MTV programs:
** their "Free Your Mind" anti-bigotry ad campaign, for pirates versus clowns, people with tape on their face, and "smokers are people too".
** An [[UnpluggedVersion Unplugged song]] called "You'll Always Give Me a Boner".
** an MTV Sports episode for golf.
** One sketch involves Michael Ian Black complaining that The State doesn't get to be in the audience of Unplugged, pointing out the (supposed) employees who kept them out sitting in Unplugged's audience.
* BlatantLies: The sketch in which a husband denies he's cheating on his wife, even as his mistress storms in on them. Avoids ImplausibleDeniability because his two-faced fast talk actually ''works''.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: "Tenement", an adaptation of a Eugene O'Neill-esque one act play, which replaces all the original profanities with {{unusual euphemism}}s.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: One "Hi, we're The State" sketch, in which the cast goes over all of the good deeds they do, and points out that they don't do any of the terrible things possibly attributed to them. Except sell babies on the black market ("...and we're not even sure it's really all that bad.").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Inverted by a sketch which actually ''showed'' the fourth wall -- and blocked the audience's view.
* BurgerFool: "CHICKEN ''SANDWICH'', '''CAAARLLLL!''' WHAT ARE YA, ''DEAF''?!"
* TheCameo: Several, including an appearance by Gilbert Gottfried, and a split second of Alice Cooper walking through the background of a shot.
* CasanovaWannabe: Barry and Levon... ''aww, yeah!''
* CatchPhrase: Deconstructed with Louie, the Guy Who Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again.[[note]]For anyone wondering, the catchphrase is "I wanna dip my balls in it!", said while holding golf balls.[[/note]]
** Played straight with Doug, and his "I'm outta here" in increasingly bizarre inflections.
* CoveredInGunge / FoodFight: "The Pope's Visit"
* CrossCastRole: With only one woman, happens ''a lot''. Occasionally lampshaded.
* {{Deconstruction}}: ...of the usual sketch-comedy tropes, such as RecurringCharacter and CatchPhrase.
* DeepSouth: "The Inbred Brothers"
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud
* TheDitz: The Inbred Brothers
* DontExplainTheJoke: One sketch consists primarily of David Wain stopping to explaining the premise that "anything that isn't true is funny".
* DVDCommentary: On every episode and deleted scene. Quite informative and entertaining usually. And with 11 members, there are quite a few combinations of commentary groups.
* [[EmbarrassingFirstName Embarrassing Last Name]]: Mr. Magina
* ExecutiveMeddling: CrossesTheLineTwice Louie was written at the request of executives for a character with a catch phrase. He was made as ridiculous as possible in the hope that the matter would be dropped. Instead the group ended up liking the character and placed him in future sketches.
** The team explains on commentary that the show was originally launched because MTV wanted their first foray into the "sketch show" genre, so the first season was very much about what the network wanted. They felt since MTV was a '''MUSIC NETWORK''' ([[NetworkDecay Hey, imagine that!]]), that the sketches should occasionally have to do with a music theme. This explains the sketch where Slash from Guns n' Roses is in the woman's kitchen. This got less prevalent as the show progressed, by the 3rd and 4th season the gang was pretty much allowed to do whatever.
* FiveManBand: Although the group consisted of eleven people, certain members did tend to fall into certain archetypes.
** TheHero: Thomas Lennon
** TheLancer: Michael Ian Black
** TheSmartGuy: Michael Showalter
** TheBigGuy: Ken Marino
** TheChick: Kerri Kenney
** SixthRanger: Joe Lo Truglio / Ben Garant
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Hey Steve, you're the coolest. I'm glad you don't have a terrible secret that would threaten your status here in high school."
* FormerTeenRebel: Principal Wheeler of Doug's high school. As a youth he was involved with [[NoodleIncident mysterious disappearance of the Westbury High Mascot.]]
* GagPenis: An infamous appearance on MTV Spring Break's ''Shut Up and Laugh'' where the cast acted out a scene, supposedly from Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', that contained an uncomfortable amount of focus on the ludicrously tight leotards worn by the cast.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: As long as Louie was clearly shown carrying a pair of ''golf'' balls, the network was willing to shrug it off as innuendo.
* GoodOldWays: The Old-Fashioned Guy thinks he's this, when in fact he's more....[[CloudCuckooLander eccentric.]]
* HamToHamCombat: The argument in "Hepcat" between Hepcat and his father, in which each line of dialogue is a melodramatic showstopper, despite not following from the previous line.
* HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement: Since ''The State'' was on MTV, they got to use a lot of popular songs during their run. Most of it had to be replaced with sound-alikes when the DVD came out. There was even an insert written by the members of the group about how they worked to make it as close as possible.
* IAmWho?: Parodied with a sketch where the proprietors of an orphanage tell an orphan that he's actually a super-powered alien named Tozog. [[spoiler: He's not. They ''never'' are.]]
--> "Walk it off, Tozog!"
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Maybe you should try... pants!"
* InnerMonologue
* JuxtapositionGag: "Taco Mail", "Slash Infestation", etc. etc. etc.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Played with in the "Grandma's Potato Chowder" sketch. It would seem that he ''doesn't'' know what they mean. [[spoiler:He knows all too well.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: "Just The 160,000 Of Us"
* MenstrualMenace: "PMS", in which Kerri Kenney's character transforms, in rapid succession, into several ''male'' members of the cast.
* MonochromeCasting: Ten white guys and one white girl.
* MuppetCameo: Played with in one sketch. Characters call out for help with simple tasks (like counting to 10 or tying their shoes) and a ''SesameStreet''-like muppet appears to help out. The character then kills the muppet, so they can [[LetsMeetTheMeat eat it]].
* TheMusical: The ''Porcupine Racetrack'' skit.
* MustHaveCaffeine: "Coffee Family"
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Everybody in the troupe (yes, ''including'' Kerri) has been naked in at least one sketch. A few sketches in fact had ''everybody'' naked at once.
* {{Narrator}}: Voiceovers on the show -- especially for the commercial parodies -- were frequently provided by [[HeyItsThatVoice Larry]] [[{{Thundercats}} Kenney]], [[RealLifeRelative Kerri Kenney's dad]].
* NonverbalMiscommunication: The International Sign For Choking -> The International Sign For My Friend Is Choking, I Don't Know The Heimlich Maneuver, Can You Call For Help -> The International Airport Sign For I Did Not Understand Your Last Message, I Was Raised In The Mountains Of Japan And Am Not Familiar With All The International Signs -> Japanese Kabuki for My Friend Is Almost Unconscious -> Tibetan Dance for The Waiter Is On Fire -> The International Sign for [[ManOnFire I Am On Fire]] -> the Pueblo sign for I Hate Accountants -> The Accountant Dance of War -> The International Cry of It's OK, Big Misunderstanding, Everything's Fine, Except For The Guy At Table 4, Who's Unconscious -> signals to the busboy to get a stretcher for Table 4 -> the busboy gets Table 4 a year's supply of radishes -> the customer at Table 4 ''stops choking''
* OpenMindedParent and ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Featured in the "Doug" sketches, much to Doug's consternation.
* OutOfFocus:
** Intentionally invoked by Michael Patrick Jann and Todd Holoubek; both preferred standing behind the camera to acting.
** Parodied with one opening monologue by David Wain, where he states that he doesn't get as much screen time as other cast members, but enjoys expressing himself through his behind-the-scenes editing work... followed by the opening credits being very noticeably re-edited to feature him as much as possible.
* OverUsedRunningGag: Parodied with Louie's constantly repeated CatchPhrase, "I wanna dip my balls in it!"
* ReunionShow: the entire cast appeared in the {{Reno 911}} [[TheMovie movie]], and a Website/YouTube sketch was created to promote the initial re-release of the program on iTunes.
* RipVanWinkle: Parodied in "Short Coma". He was in a coma for one of the most eventful early afternoons in history.
* SelfDeprecation: The show often brought up the "negative two-star" review they received from the ''New York Times''.
* SexSells: Parodied in a sketch where a newspaper re-tinkers every headline to read "Porno Sex Addict Rocks New York".
* ShoutOut:
** The first season opening used an MTV version of CBS's Special title card.
** The second season used ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'''s.
* ShowWithinAShow: A good 35% of the sketches were ''The State'' pretending to be another show.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Kerri Kenney. Leads to her being in almost every sketch.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: "Porcupine Racetrack", "The Bearded Men of Space Station 11"- neither have any jokes but are [[EnsembleDarkhorse fan favorites]] ([[BrokenBase or]] TheUnfavorite).
* SpinOff: ''Viva Variety'' started off as a skit on this show.
* SurrealThemeTune: "BOYS AND GIRLS! [[NoIndoorVoice ACTION! ACTION! ACTION! ACTION!]]"
* TeamMom: Kerri Kenney, in one sketch.
* TiredOfRunning: Played with in a sketch where a prison escapee turns himself in several years after the search for him has been called off. The prison still has the unguarded wide-open gate he walked out through.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible:
** [[{{in-universe}} Parodied]] with a sketch about a high-school cheerleader who wants to be the next Music/LaurieAnderson.
** Lampooned in a sketch where the art community rallies around the idle notebook doodles of a bored 15-year-old girl.
** Subverted with a sketch where a panel of snooty experts, asked to ''define'' "art", rapidly conclude that it's "like, paintings and stuff."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Totally inverted in the "Where's The Mousey?" sketch, where we see ''what'' happened, as a huge stuffed mouse crashes onto a family's dining room table, while they keep shouting about "the mousey" but admitting they don't know why.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway?: Lampshaded with poor Aquaman.
--> '''Superman''': Aquaman... go talk to some fish! ''[[ButtMonkey (rest of the Justice League laughs)]]''
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''Na na na na, '''hoooooooo'''...''
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4th Sep '13 7:13:23 AM Korodzik
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* CatchPhrase: Deconstructed with Louie, the Guy Who Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again.[[hottip: *: For anyone wondering, the catchphrase is "I wanna dip my balls in it!", said while holding golf balls.]]

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* CatchPhrase: Deconstructed with Louie, the Guy Who Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again.[[hottip: *: For [[note]]For anyone wondering, the catchphrase is "I wanna dip my balls in it!", said while holding golf balls.]][[/note]]
30th Aug '13 9:08:42 PM Green_lantern40
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* BurgerFool

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* BurgerFoolBurgerFool: "CHICKEN ''SANDWICH'', '''CAAARLLLL!''' WHAT ARE YA, ''DEAF''?!"



--> '''Superman''': Aquaman... go talk to some fish! ''[[ButtMonkey (rest of the Justice League laughs)]]''

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--> '''Superman''': Aquaman... go talk to some fish! ''[[ButtMonkey (rest of the Justice League laughs)]]''laughs)]]''
----
''Na na na na, '''hoooooooo'''...''
4th Aug '13 11:08:00 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* SelfDeprecation: The show often brought up the "negative two-star" review they received from the ''New York Times''.



* TakeThat: The New York Times actually gave the show [[BrokeTheRatingScale negative two stars]]...
** SelfDeprecation: ... which the show ran with, which used said review (and others of a similar vein) in commercials and also made multiple references to said -2 stars in "Hi, we're The State" skits.
4th Aug '13 11:05:38 AM CaptainCrawdad
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-->''CHICKEN SANDWICH, CAAAAAARRRRLLL!!! WHAT ARE YOU, '''DEAF?!?!''' ''
15th Jul '13 8:31:13 PM JIKTV
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** [[{{in-universe}} Parodied]] with a sketch about a high-school cheerleader who wants to be the next Laurie Anderson.

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** [[{{in-universe}} Parodied]] with a sketch about a high-school cheerleader who wants to be the next Laurie Anderson.Music/LaurieAnderson.
7th Jul '13 11:10:24 AM EarlOfSandvich
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Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''TheState'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such shows as ''{{Reno 911}}'', ''VivaVariety'', ''{{Stella}}'', and Stella's spiritual successor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues''.

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Probably an essential key to understanding Gen-X American college humor, ''TheState'' was {{MTV}}'s first true SketchComedy. Featuring a cast/crew of eleven twentysomethings which first coalesced as an improv/sketch group at NYU, it brought some of the most gleefully Dadaistic comedy in history to the airwaves. The show ran for four seasons before the creators made an ill-advised decision to jump to CBS (who canceled them after one special). A surprising number of the group have since gone on to greater things, frequently working together on such shows as ''{{Reno 911}}'', ''VivaVariety'', ''{{Stella}}'', ''Series/{{Stella|US}}'', and Stella's spiritual successor ''Michael And Michael Have Issues''.
28th Apr '13 11:32:12 AM nombretomado
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* GagPenis: An infamous appearance on MTV Spring Break's ''Shut Up and Laugh'' where the cast acted out a scene, supposedly from Shakespeare's ''{{Macbeth}}'', that contained an uncomfortable amount of focus on the ludicrously tight leotards worn by the cast.

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* GagPenis: An infamous appearance on MTV Spring Break's ''Shut Up and Laugh'' where the cast acted out a scene, supposedly from Shakespeare's ''{{Macbeth}}'', ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', that contained an uncomfortable amount of focus on the ludicrously tight leotards worn by the cast.
29th Mar '13 10:37:18 PM RavenWilder
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* RefugeInAudacity
19th Jan '13 5:25:23 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* MonochromeCasting: ''11'' cast members, with all the diversity of Italian(s), Jew(s) and a Redhead Gay.
** And ''one'' woman.

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* MonochromeCasting: ''11'' cast members, with all the diversity of Italian(s), Jew(s) Ten white guys and a Redhead Gay.
** And ''one'' woman.
one white girl.
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