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Reno 911!, STELLA, and The Baxter

Reno 911!, STELLA, and The Baxter

After watching some TV tonight, I just wanna comment that a couple of weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly ran a feature about the resurgence of The State, the comedy troupe made popular by its MTV sketch comedy series in the mid-90s. The rebirth has come to a peak this summer, with the return of Comedy Central series Reno 911!, the premiere of new Comedy Central series STELLA, and the upcoming release of the feature film, The Baxter. All three projects were created by, and star, various members of The State.

Reno 911! has already proven itself as one of Comedy Central’s funniest shows. STELLA, meanwhile, appears to be an incredibly fresh and irreverent spin on the sitcom format. It’s sort of like The Marx Brothers meets Arrested Development. Plus, they’ve managed to grab surprisingly amusing guest spots from people like Edward Norton, Sam Rockwell, Paul Rudd, and more. And, The Baxter? As I mentioned from the Tribeca Film Festival in May, it’s hilarious and destined to be a cult favorite.

The point? It’s great that almost 10 years after we thought The State was going to evaporate forever, they’ve returned. Maybe not as The State, but in splashes of themselves, and with their same, hilarious ingenuity. Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of The State and want to know about a “lost” gem… seek out their only book. It’s called State by State with The State, and it’s one of the best humor books of the last decade.

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