The State alum Ken Marino has just been cast in David Caspe’s new NBC pilot Marry Me. The project will follow Jake and Annie, a newly engaged couple coping with the challenges of commitment. Marino will star opposite Casey Wilson, who also appeared in Caspe’s previous show, Happy Endings. Marino’s casting had us wonding what happened to the rest of the funny people that made up The State. It turns out that they’ve all stayed relatively busy.
Even though The State only ran on MTV for two short years and 26 episodes, that was long enough for the series to create a splash big enough to soak every inch of modern sketch comedy with its influence, and the cast has since traveled to the far reaches of the comedy world. Even after the end of the MTV sketch show, much of the original cast have worked together quite frequently, including the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, Reno 911!, and Stella. So what is the cast of The State up to these days?
Besides his newest show with Caspe, Marino is appearing in the medical drama satire Childrens Hospital along with fellow The State cast member David Wain and lends his voice to the animated comedy Axe Cop. Additionally, Marino has recently concluded his Bachelor parody web series, Burning Love. The actor will reprise his Vinnie Van Lowe role in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie
Since The State, Wain’s career has taken off as a director. His latest film, They Came Together, starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant
Lennon and Garant still work together, primarily behind camera, writing the Night at the Museum movies and last year’s horror comedy Hell Baby. Lennon also stars on the NBC sitcom Sean Saves the World, and will (oddly) appear in the upcoming Terence Malick movie Knight of Cups.
Kenny-Silver will star in the upcoming Fox sitcom Us & Them and the animated comedy Hell & Back.
Joe Lo Truglio
You’ve seen him in a few Seth Rogen films, and Lo Truglio is presently one of Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s long array of breakout stars (policeman/foodie Charles Boyle).
Michael Ian Black
Black has been busy. The I Love the ’80s vet is developing his own Adult Swim series, a self-help satire titled You’re Whole, and will appear in Wain’s They Came Together, the aforementioned sitcom Us & Them, and a developing platform for comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Michael Patrick Jann
Jann is almost exclusively a director now, helming episodes of Community, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Crazy Ones, The Goldbergs, upcoming sitcoms Us & Them and Growing Up Fisher, and the developing comedy film Mantivities, which will star Chris Pine.