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The State is perhaps the most-influential and prolific sketch-comedy troupe of the last quarter-century -- and most of America has never heard of it as a whole. However, The State's innovative members continue to make groundbreaking and celebrated films, television, online series and live shows.
"The Union of The State" is the oral history of the troupe's creation, dissolution, reinvention and reunion over the last three decades, told by the members of the group: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter, and David Wain.
"The members of The State are my heroes, my peers and my friends. Individually and collectively they are responsible for an impressively large percentage of everything funny that currently exists in the world. For comedy nerds like me, it's essential reading," "Weird Al" Yankovic said about "The Union of The State."
The book follows the members of The State from their time as classmates at New York University in the late 1980s to their quick ascent to fame via their three-season, sketch-comedy series at MTV and through their post-MTV projects. It also includes histories of the movie-turned-Netflix-series, "Wet Hot American Summer;" the Comedy Central hit, "Reno 911!;" and cult favorite comedy show/series, Stella.
"The Union of The State also features commentary from The State's collaborators and cohorts such as, Paul Rudd, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Meloni, Rob Corddry, A.D. Miles (Head Writer for "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon"), Doug Herzog (President of Viacom), James Dixon (agent for Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel), Mo Willems (best-selling children's book author), cast and crew from "Wet Hot American Summer," "Reno 911!", and more.
"The State was the first time I'd ever seen 'sarcastic sarcasm.' They are the all-time champions of bum-out humor. They embodied the lameness of the lamest people and celebrated them for our enjoyment. Every time a comic does an intentionally lame joke and it makes you go, 'Ewww' with delight, you have them to thank.," said Andy Samberg.
The projects the members of The State have written, directed or performed in leave no degree of separation between them and nearly everyone working in comedy today, such as Key and Peele. The book also features rare photos and illustrations from the troupe's 25-year history.
"The Union of The State" will appeal not only to The State's extensive fan base but also to comedy aficionados, showbiz biography fans and those who love an underdog success tale.