As as an uber-fan of the famed nineties sketch group The State, it delights me that several of the members have continued to collaborate over the last twenty years. In 1998, a few short years prior to the production of the comedic masterpiece Wet Hot American Summer, State members Michael Showalter, David Wain, and Joe Lo Truglio wrote and produced the play Sex a.k.a. Weiners and Boobs over the course of four days. Showalter, Wain, and Lo Truglio and a majority of the original cast reunited this past weekend during the San Francisco Sketchfest to perform the play for only the second (and perhaps the last) time.
As David [...]
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart altogether. This week, I interviewed Tom Lennon, star and writer of beloved comedy shows like Reno 911! and The State and an accomplished screenwriter and author (with Ben Garant) of the hilarious, no-bullshit screenwriting how-to book Writing Movies for Fun and Profit. Every actor has their fair share of close casting calls, and Tom Lennon is no exception. He was nice enough to chat [...]
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Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and other projects that never made it to the screen. This week, I interviewed Ken Marino, star of the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, the Yahoo! web series Burning Love, and an alumni of The State and Party Down. Marino was nice enough to chat about [...]
As a member of The State, the seminal mid-90’s comedy group whose MTV sketch show has developed a cult following and seen its members conquer Hollywood in the years that followed, Kevin Allison found success early on in life, with the aforementioned sketch show debuting when its members were in their early 20’s. After The State’s break-up, Allison drifted away from show business, while his peers went on to create comedies like Reno911!, Wet Hot American Summer, and Stella. The discovery of his passion for raw, candid storytelling brought Kevin Allison back to the comedy world, and he now hosts the popular storytelling podcast Risk! (motto: “True Tales, Told [...]
Michael Ian Black is a founding member of The State, a comedy troupe that produced the last intentionally funny programming ever seen on MTV. As the pitchman for products like Pets.com ad Sierra Mist, Michael Ian Black's whimsical commercials gave people a reason to pause their DVRs while zipping past ads.
Point being: Michael Ian Black is a performer. He has played a junkie, a pimptacular lover of pudding, a gay demon–trying to list all the memorable roles he's created would fill lots of space and IMDB does it better, anyway. But he didn't start doing stand-up until fairly recently.
I asked Michael Ian Black if he [...]