David Wain has made a career out of operating on both sides of the comedy spectrum, switching from intelligent absurdity to mainstream films with heart. With an impressive list of both feature films such as "Role Models" (2008) and alternative comedy series like "Stella" (2005), he managed to infuse his singular style into all of his creative output. As a writer, director, actor and comedian, Wain permanently earned his cult status in the annals of comedy history with the short-lived but beloved sketch show, "The State" (MTV, 1993-95). Although the show only lasted for three seasons, it was hugely influential and successfully launched the careers of its cast-members: Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino and Wain. Named after the 11-person comedy troupe of the same name, the show was in the same vein of earlier progressive comedy shows like "Monty Python's Flying Circus," featuring fast-paced irreverent sketches that lampooned popular culture and featured a large array of characters and self-referential routines. While it was not an immediate success, the show is still name-checked by comedy nerds and critics alike.