Watching The State back in the 90s (yes, we were alive then), we always felt like the corporate slave drivers at MTV were holding the reins a little too tightly on Michael Ian Black, David Showalter, Thomas Lennon, and company. The utter weirdness behind nonsensical skits such as Taco Mail Delivery and The Bearded Men of Space Station 11 was buried underneath the tween-pandering of Doug and Barry and Lavonne. Watching the Stella Shortsthis Monday night at Sweat Records, youll learn why: The real material was way too raunchy and way too bizarre. With no TV restrictions, The State guys throw plot out the window, give Santas wife a penis, and have Paul Simon serenade an angel making dirty love to David Wain.
The Stella Shorts, a side project that was never released to the public, were made by Black, Showalter, and Wain between 1998 and 2004 and have been notoriously difficult to track down, even on the Internet. So a big Miami thank-you goes to Lolo Reskin for setting up the 8 p.m. screening. Entrance is free, but be a sport and buy a cupcake or a record.
Mon., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., 2009