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The 20 Best Forgotten Sketches from 'The State'

Anyone who grew up on MTV in the 90s can quote lines from the short-lived cult sketch comedy show, The State. Even casual fans are familiar with the classics like Michael Showalter’s rebel-without-a-cause character, Doug, and his famous line, “I’m outta heeeere.” Or Barry and Levon and their $240 worth of puddin’. And of course, Louie, the guy who comes in and says his catchphrase over and over again: “I wanna dip my balls in it!” But most of these popular recurring characters were actually written in at the suggestion of MTV. In fact, when the cast was pressured by the network to incorporate more catchphrases into the show, they wrote the “I wanna dip my balls in it” line as their giant middle-fingered response. And while ironically, those have become the lines and characters that people remember most, the show was also chock full of one-off skits with incredibly bizarre premises that are often lost in the foggy memories of 90s television nostalgia. Here are 20 sketches that aren’t usually the first things people think of when discussing The State but are still hilarious and weird in their own rights. These non-classics may not be as quotable as the Porcupine Racetrack or have the character recognition of Captain Monterey Jack, but they're all worth revisiting. READ MORE