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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's a good week to be a "State" fan

Avid Channel Surfing readers will recall how I squealed like a little girl back in April at the prospect of MTV's "The State" finally seeing its long-awaited DVD release.

Well, that day has finally arrived. And as a bonus, Amazon is offering it up in the deal of the century -- more than half off the list price.

Can I get a Barry and Levon-esque "Awwwwww, yeah?"

The esteemed Alan Sepinwall spoke with David Wain of "The State" last week, the conversation covering extensive ground about the DVD delay, the integrity of original sketches being compromised without memorable music like the Breeders' "Cannonball," and ultimately, what soured the comedy troupe's relationship with the Music Television juggernaut.

Anyway, it's all wonderful reading. And if you grew up on MTV in the '90s and had an appreciation for quirky sketch comedy, you've basically stopped reading this post so you can bask in the warm glow of your shiny new DVD set instead.

If you haven't moved on just yet, you should also know that "State" alum Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter have a new show debuting on Comedy Central tomorrow night.

"Michael and Michael Have Issues" is another oddball comedy offering, with the swerve being that Black and Showalter are over-the-top egomaniacal writers who can't stand each other's company.

The trailers are appropriately vicious and dotted with salty cable TV language. So while we can't embed them on our family-friendly blog, we can show you the mildly inappropriate and highly amusing "Farting Butterfly Sketch."


Michael & Michael Have IssuesPremieres Wed, July 15, 10:30pm / 9:30c
Preview - The Farting Butterfly Sketch
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"Michael and Michael Have Issues" airs at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Comedy Central.

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,

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