The Original 'MST3K' Crew Is Reuniting For Rifftrax's 10th Annivesary
Mystery Science Theatre 3,000 has announced a live reunion that will be broadcast nationwide, and they swear it's not an April Fools joke. After running a successful Kickstarter to make new episodes of MST3K, fellow movie mockers Rifftrax ran a separate Kickstarter to fund a live reunion show for Rifftrax's 10th anniversary. They've met their goal, and announced today via a release that the gang is getting back together on June 28.
The reunion will feature Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), Trace Beaulieu (Dr. Clayton Forrester, Crow T. Robot), Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Bridget Nelson (Nuveena, Mr. B Natural), series creator and OG host Joel Hodgson, and incoming host Jonah Ray.
The show, according to the Kickstarter, will include riffing on a number of short educational films, a "super riff-a-palooza" with all of their guests, plus "a ton of funny stuff which we're still figuring out." It'll take place on June 28 at the State Theater in Minneapolis, and will be broadcast live to several movie theaters across the U.S. Tickets for the screenings go on sale April 15.
There will be another show on May 5 during which Mike, Kevin and Bill will riff on an MST3k classic, Time Chasers, with a re-broadcast on May 17. Those tickets are available now.
If you haven't seen Time Chasers, then boy, are you in for a treat. This 1994 sci-fi epic tells the tale of Nick Miller (Matthew Bruch), a pilot and physics teacher who builds a time machine out of a Commodore 64 and a small airplane. Whacky misadventures, naturally, ensue.
The new episodes of MST3K started production in January and will include appearances from Felicia Day, Patton Oswald and Hampton Young, according to Deadline.
MST3K began on KTMA in Minneapolis in 1988 and later moved to Comedy Central (then called The Comedy Channel). It was cancelled by Comedy Central in 1997 after six seasons, then aired for three seasons on the The Sci-Fi Channel (now called Syfy). The show was about Joel Robinson (played by Hodgson), a janitor at the Gizmonic Institute who was launched into space by a pair of mad scientists. Here, he was forced to watch horrible movies as the scientists attempted to figure out what was so terrible that it would drive a person mad, which they intended to use in their scheme to conquer the world. In order to not suffer these torments alone, Joel built himself four robot pals. Two of them, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, watch the films with him. It's the jokes that keep them sane. Hodgson would eventually be replaced by Michael J. Nelson.