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The Union of the State

Gene Silvers
The State produced only 28 episodes of its namesake sketch-comedy show on MTV way back in the '90s, but the reverberations of those four seasons are still felt today. Individually and collectively the group has produced a lengthy roster of TV shows (Viva Variety, Reno 911), films (The Baxter, Wet Hot American Summer) and scripts for other actors (The Night at the Museum series and The Pacifier). It's not a reach to claim they're as influential in America as Monty Python is in England. But how did an improv troupe from New York University slowly infiltrate all manner of media? The Union of the State, Corey Stulce's oral history, charts the group's rise, break-up and reunion with first-person accounts from every member, as well as recollections from frequent collaborators Janeane Garofalo, Rob Corddry and Christopher Meloni. Stulce signs copies of his book today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Planet Score Records (7421 Manchester Road, Maplewood; www.facebook.com/planetscorerecords), where he's joined by founding State member Kevin Allison. Admission is free, and don't miss Allison's 8 p.m. show at Blueberry Hill, at which he will introduce his storytelling podcast Risk! to St. Louis. Admission to the book signing is free; admission to Risk! is $20.

— Paul Friswold

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