And thank the good lord that they do, because who would entertain us if they didn't? Despite the lackluster performance of Michael Ian Black's current Comedy Central show, the network is moving forward on a pilot called Michael and Michael Have Issues, a sketch comedy show starring Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. THR also reports that character actor Josh Pais, (who I don't know much about, other than that he was in my favorite Damages Season 1 episode, and considering Damages is about the furthest thing from comedy as you can get, he must be awfully versatile) has been cast as a regular as well. It may not be a State DVD (why, MTV?! Why?!), but between this, Wainy Days, Joe Lo Truglio's fabulous cameo in Pineapple Express and Dame Delilah's Fantasy Ranch, there's plenty of State love going around to keep me sane until MTV releases their cruel, claw-like grip on those DVDs. I hope.
Big week for State fans! The show's complete series finally came out on DVD on Tuesday (mine's stuck in Delaware, because Amazon hates me, apparently), and Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black celebrated never having to deal with whiny "When is The State DVD happening?!" questions ever again by premiering their new show, Michael and Michael Have Issues, on Comedy Central last night. And it was really funny! Let's talk about it.
I know a lot of big State fans who blinked and missed Stella's Comedy Central iteration when it was canceled after 10 episodes and replaced, insultingly, with Mind of Mencia in 2005. Which is a shame, because I actually prefer the TV show to the DVD shorts. All the absurdist brilliance of Stella is here, but with fewer dildos and less corpse humping. As a result, it is remarkably more focused, and a lot smarter. Plus, Rashida Jones! All 10 episodes are on Hulu now, and I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys involved jokes about skunk tails.