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Stella - Season One
Stella - Season One
Actors: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Jasmine Anderson, Edward Keith Baker
Directors: David Wain, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, John Hamburg, Susan Seidelman
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2006     3hr 35min

From Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and David Wain, the co-creators of The State and Wet Hot American Summer, meet STELLA -- a comedy troupe that?s highbrow, lowbrow and every brow in between. Whether they?re tramps ...  more »


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Actors: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Jasmine Anderson, Edward Keith Baker
Directors: David Wain, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, John Hamburg, Susan Seidelman
Creators: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain, Dave Steck
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Comedy
Studio: Comedy Central
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 09/12/2006
Original Release Date: 06/28/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 06/28/2005
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 3hr 35min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"Dumb comedy dressed up in a suit."
Adam R. Beauchesne | Alberta, Canada | 08/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I hate to just throw another five stars at Stella with the other reviewers, but it deserves nothing less! The comedy is brilliantly simple, which is hard to find in TV these days. The plots are simple and predictable enough that the ridiculousness of the jokes becomes the focus of each episode. It's amazing how few television shows take the absurdist route these days, but at the same time; I would have never guessed that three men in suits that act like toddlers could make me seriously laugh. The three main actors are hysterical in their unusual relationship with each other.

I watched much of the show's first season, and immediately decided that it was some kind of independant group that had come up with their own plots, and would stay away from the mainstream. However, they score huge credibility with great guest stars (Jeanine Garofalo, Paul Rudd I believe?), that play off of the absurdist comedy with some strange touch of realism. I can't recommend this show enough."
Quatermass | Los Angeles | 09/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this show. I watch much less Comedy Central now that it's off. The series plays like a modern-day Marx Bros. with an absurdist twist and some fun celebrity cameos. Nice extras on the DVD, especially the "History of Stella" documentary, which features great footage from the live shows.

People who hate this show are probably the same people who have made Larry the Cable Guy a ratings sensation on Comedy Central. Get 'er done! Gaaharf, gaaharf! It's a shame that there's no room for a smart show like Stella when Redneck Comedy Hour is on like five times a day.

Somebody call Marcus!
A Comic Goldmine
kidnugget | Bakersfield, CA USA | 05/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stella only lasted for a season on Comedy Central, but it's one of the funniest things they've ever done next to TV Funhouse (and I've watched every show on this channel all the way back in the Higgins Boys and Gruber Days).

The humor used in this show is unlike any I've ever seen before, and it is something you'll laugh at every time. I can't really describe what they do or how it's funny, but I used to look forward to this show more than any comedy on the air, even Chapelle (Though it's apples and oranges there). Stella manages to have a humor that is amazingly intelligent and witty while simultaneously being ludicrously stupid at the same time. The one liners, the strange events, the bizarre plotlines, the hot neighbors, it's comic gold.

The cast is superb (all veterans of MTV's "The State" and the force behind "Wet Hot American Summer" as other reviews have mentioned). If you like either of those shows or the folks in charge of Reno 911, you'll probably dig on some Stella. I'll cut this review short because this show is something that has to be seen to be understood.
Like nothing else you'll ever see...
Stella Gorlin | 08/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Two years ago a friend convinced me to see this trio of comedians from MTV's The State perform at a comedy club in Boston. Thank goodness she did, because it was perhaps the most hilarious evening I have ever spent watching something that I can hardly describe! The best I can come up with is "team stand up" but that can only offer a glimpse into the brilliant, original work of Black, Showalter and Wain. These guys have such great chemistry (that's what happens when you work with someone for decades) and freshness, I can't recommend them enough. The show follows more of a narrative than their live act but the essence is the same: three grown men in suits that live out a live-action cartoon. Time, space, all the traditional tenets of reality don't apply for these guys. Just sit back, keep an open mind, and enjoy the lunacy of STELLA!

I couldn't wait for the DVD so I bought the show from iTunes so that I can watch it on my Video iPod."