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The State vs. Mr. Show - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 4th 2007 8:35AM

mr. showKittenpants over at CC Insider found a video on YouTube of one of my favorite sketches from MTV's The State, a gritty drama edited for television that kind of loses something without all the cursing. There's just nothing especially menacing about the word "poop," no matter how much anger and passion you put into it.

Mr. Show also did a sketch centered on pretty much the same concept that sometimes censoring does hurt the integrity of a film. In "Pallies" a family dinner turns violent, or at least that's what we piece together since all the actual swearing and violence is chopped out.

I think both sketches are hysterical, but I've placed them below so you can argue over which one is the best. I want a 500-word essay comparing and contrasting the two by the end of the week. The best essay will win a year's supply of Mrs. Dairymore's Carbonated Butter ("The butter that bubbles!").

Enjoy:

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Nick

I like 'em both but "Pallies" is so much more universal than a scene from a stage production of "Tenament." The chances are you'd laugh harder at "Pallies" because you've probably seen "Good Fellas" on The Late Late Late Movie on Channel 7.

I'm going to go with "Pallies" though I wish more people would use "H.E. Double Hockey Sticks" and "Let's get milk faced and hum like rabbits" more often.

As for the shows themselves, both "The State" and "Mr. Show" were really funny sketch shows that often hit the funny more than 50% of the time, but I'm going to go with "Mr. Show" by an inch because at the end of the day, "fuck" is a really funny word if you can use it.

January 04 2007 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aaron

MadTV did the same thing with The Sopranos on PAX. Whole episode cut down to 3 minutes, etc etc, laugh laugh.

January 04 2007 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
homerj312

Not only was The State first, but its the better skit and overall the better show.

The State is the most creative and unique skit show of all time. They weren't trying to force some kind of social message into their comedy it was pure oddball comic genius. They really did an excellent job of taking absurd premises and turning them into funny skits (i.e. A mailman that delivers tacos instead of the mail, a musical about a porcupine racetrack, even Ben Garant wearing a dress made of only bacon while singing a song about his love of bacon). Some of The State skits failed and weren't very funny but that is a function of their willingness to try anything which has become a rare thing. They also had constraints that Mr. Show didn't because they were on basic cable and Mr. Show was on HBO without any censors.

Don't get me wrong I'm a big fan of Mr. Show and I own all the DVD's but it was at times a little condescending and too "look at how smart and progressive we are". Bob and David used their show to exagerrate situations and show how ridiculous and stupid people are. They are funny just not as creative and groundbreaking as The State was.

So in conclusion
Mr. Show: very funny satiric sketch comedy show
The State: Underappreciated groundbreaking sketch comedy with unique skits and a great ensemble cast

January 04 2007 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich

Agree with 1. If you haven't seen seasons 3 and 4 of Mr. Show, you are missing out on some truly classic television.

January 04 2007 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rsplatpc

Comparing Mr. Show to any other sketch comedy is not really fair to the other sketch comedy. Mr. Show was the funniest sketch show ever period. Like both the sketches, Pallies winds hands down.

January 04 2007 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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