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Mr. Beaks Interrogates The RiffTrax Gang About This Thursday's Live, Beamed-Across-America Roast Of REEFER MADNESS!

The interview you are about to read may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. RiffTrax is that drug, a violent narcotic, The Real Public Enemy Number One!

If the above paragraph sounds at all familiar to you, I'd highly recommend that you get your tuchus to a nearby movie theater this Thursday night (August 19th) for the RiffTrax gang's live roast of the 1938 marijuana scare flick, REEFER MADNESS (aka TEACH YOUR CHILDREN). And if you've never seen the public domain classic that indirectly led to the financing of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, SE7EN and THE LORD OF THE RINGS... honestly, I couldn't think of a better way to experience the movie for the first time than listening to professional merry-makers Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy and Michael J. Nelson give it the business in the old MST3K style. In a theater packed with like-minded comedy nerds no less! Since REEFER MADNESS runs a scant sixty-six minutes, the boys have dug up a trio of extraordinarily obscure 16mm shorts to ridicule as well (perhaps they've discovered the next "Mr. B Natural")! They'll also be premiering two new shorts from Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka of SomethingAwful.com. And there's always the possibility of group sex. For more info on the event (and to find out if the trio's witticisms will be getting beamed into a theater near you), head over to Fathom Events, where you can also buy tickets in advance. And if you fancy yourself a wisenheimer of the fourth power, be sure to enter the RiffTrax gag-writing contest by 8/18 at 11:59 PM PT. The best jokes will be worked into the live performance. And just in case you're wavering, here's a free-flowing interview with three of my comedy heroes. Topics discussed: REEFER MADNESS, adjective fetishes, August Strindberg, prop comedy, THE LAST AIRBENDER, and so much more. To get us started, the publicist asked the group to let fans know what they can expect come Thursday night. Nelson didn't hold back.

Michael J. Nelson: It's going to be a huge letdown. No! I never know how to promote stuff.

Mr. Beaks: So it's just not going well?

Nelson: No.

Murphy: It should be fun. We're doing it live from Escondido, and beaming it to roughly 500 theaters around the country. Not only do we have Legend Films' delightfully restored and very weirdly colorized version of REEFER MADNESS, we also have three equally, if not more, hallucinogenic shorts to go along with it. It should be quite the fun evening.

Nelson: As well as a couple of shorts by Lowtax from Something Awful. It's another level of weirdness for us, which we love.

Corbett: No one will actually need cannibus once they watch what we're presenting.

Murphy: We don't do drugs. We are drugs.

Beaks: (Laughs) You're basing the performance out of Escondito, California. Are you going to the Stone Brewery?

Murphy: Afterwards.

Nelson: Yeah, we're big fans of Stone. We have outdoor showings of our RiffTrax there during the summer.

Murphy: Mike will just lay on the bar, put his mouth under the Ruination tap, and just let it go.

Nelson: That describes a typical Tuesday night for me.

Beaks: It's one of my favorite places to visit down there.

Nelson: Yeah, it's great.

Murphy: But the theater in Escondito is at the California Center for the Arts, and it's gorgeous. It's a really fun place to do the show. We've got a wonderful production team, and they make us look and sound better than we ought to. They almost make us look presentable, which is quite a task.

Beaks: I figure there's no use in asking "Why REEFER MADNESS?" I guess the question is, "What more is there to wring from REEFER MADNESS at this point?"

Nelson: Well, part of the reason we selected REEFER MADNESS is... there's obviously the iconic moments everybody loves, but people forget there's a really weird story told in it about people who all look the same. People in the 1930s all looked the same. All men looked alike, no matter if they were seventy or twenty.

Corbett: They were born with hats back then.

Nelson: Yeah, hats and boxy suits. So I think we have fun with the parts people would not remember from the film. And we went back with this one because we'd worked with it before, and basically put it up on the rack and retooled it all together. We got our other two crack writers working on it, so it's kind of a different perspective. We're looking at it really as sort of a new thing.

Beaks: How long do you guys spend in a day working on new material for something like this?

Murphy: This winds up being a labor of several days by several people in order to whip it into shape. I know Bill spent a few days looking over the script. Everyone spent a few days looking over the script and making recommendations. We really put it up on the rack and put a new engine in it - and that takes quite a few days. Then Bill and I are going out to San Diego on Friday, and we'll be working on getting it spit-polished for the show on Thursday. So, boy, it's really a lot of work.

Corbett: And we do have to retool this thing, which we recorded a while back. Actually, Mike recorded it first as a hybrid of our riffing and traditional movie commentaries, and that sort of evolved into our three-man riff on it. Now we're looking at making it more of a live show, which, speaking for myself, sometimes means the jokes have to be a little less wordy.

Murphy: Bill has a big adjective fetish.

Corbett: I do. It's thoroughly out of control. And sometimes we just need a little more room for what we hope will be laughs.

Beaks: And perhaps leave space for something that might come up in the moment?

Murphy: It doesn't happen very often, but it is inevitable. Quite often it's because of the crowd's reaction to a joke. Sometimes, we'll have a groaner and not realize how much of a groaner it really is. Then the pitchforks and torches come out, and we have to defend ourselves.

Nelson: Or the bizarre thing where - having seen this many, many times - there'll be things onscreen that we don't notice that suddenly the entire audience sees and begins cracking up at. It's a weird and exhilarating experience because you suddenly have to go "What the heck's going on?" The audience is looking at something we didn't see, reference or make a joke about. But they're laughing, so, obviously, you have to ride along with that wave.

Murphy: Probably a lot of people have not seen REEFER MADNESS all the way through in a long time, or perhaps ever. I think they've seen bits and pieces here or there, or maybe went to a midnight movie showing of it, which means...

Corbett: ... they've seen it stoned!

Murphy: Yes, or they've seen it stoned and don't remember a thing. So we can be the drugs, and they can look at it with fresh eyes.

Beaks: When you do have to react to something like that in the moment, I wonder if sometimes there's a running joke that requires set-up that might get lost. It seems like this could be very tricky, that you need to be cognizant of things you need to say to make a joke pay off later.

Murphy: It can be tricky. We have to be quite light on our feet. And for that reason, we don't like to set up elaborate jokes that require several lines going down the road in case we miss one for that very reason.

Nelson: You always have the writer's lament of "Wow, the audience just laughed over a really great joke." It's like, "Stop! Back up! Stop laughing! I want you to laugh at the one I wanted you to laugh at!"

Corbett: There's something fundamentally greedy about that, and we try not to get caught up in that.

Murphy: If they're laughing, that's the reward.

Beaks: At this point, you've got to know your audience so well, and the kind of stuff you should be referencing. Do you ever find there's a joke that you love you're worried might not go over well with your audience?

Nelson: Yeah, it sort of happens on the night of. It's weird. You're looking forward to something, and for whatever reason - and I really don't know what those reasons are - you just get the sense that they're not going to laugh at it. Either it's way it's worded, or it might be distasteful to this particular audience, or...

Murphy: On some nights, our series of Strindberg jokes just won't work.

Corbett: And, really, that accounts for about forty percent of our REEFER MADNESS script. Down from seventy.

Nelson: On the fly, they are all converted to Carrot Top jokes. And everyone's happy.

Beaks: So from MISS JULIE to prop comedy.

Corbett: We actually assert that Carrot Top wrote MISS JULIE.

Murphy: It goes from DANCE OF DEATH to Lady GaGa, and that seems to please the crowd. (Laughter) Get us going on Strindberg, and this is what happens!

Beaks: I always forget that someone had to direct REEFER MADNESS, so I looked up Louis J. Gasnier. I just love that on his IMDb page there is one bit of trivia, which is "Close to his death, he had very little money."

Corbett: Shocking, isn't it?

Murphy: Why am I not surprised.

Beaks: How much research do you do on these movies?

Nelson: I did a lot when I did a solo commentary just because that was part of the design: to give a little bit of information about it. But generally we do just enough to avoid embarrassing ourselves. Otherwise, we try to keep the jokes on a more immediate level that doesn't depend too much on that knowledge. (To the others) Am I talking out of my hat here, guys?

Corbett: You are.

Murphy: Yes. And in addition to that... (Laughter) If the jokes are fact-based, or based on a movie fact, then we should make sure we have our facts straight - and we do that. But we still get it wrong sometimes, and fans take great pains to point that out to us.

Corbett: That's one of the delights of being our fans, is to watch us screw up. We take that seriously.

Murphy: But things like pant length: those are more important to us than getting the actual dramaturgical facts straight on the movie itself. The fact that everyone wears their pants up their nipples in this film is much more important to us.

Corbett: Those were in the heady pre-nipple days, though.

Murphy: True. They couldn't show the nipples, so they had to wear pants over them.

Beaks: Was it a big suspenders era? I can't remember. I haven't seen this movie probably since I was in college.

Murphy: There are a lot of v-neck sweaters and a lot of incredibly high pants. Also, everybody was skinny, and they all had the same haircut.

Corbett: Yeah, there are a couple of guys in this movie who are sincerely hard to tell apart.

Murphy: They're identical. One's named Jimmy and the other's named Billy, and that just doesn't help things at all.

Beaks: I guess one of the liberating things about having fun with a movie like REEFER MADNESS is that you don't have to worry about that contingent of cinephile who'll say, "How dare you attack this film! You don't understand the subversive brilliance of the movie!" REEFER MADNESS is pretty well regarded as an absolute goof.

Nelson: There was a little circuit of exploitation films that traveled around, and a husband could get away and watch some titillating thing because it was "educational" - and the Hayes Code wasn't invoked because of the "educational" nature of the film. So, yeah, they were always intended to be nothing more than that. And I think this one started out with serious intent, but the producer bought it and added the titillating things later. That's why it also doesn't make a lot of sense.

Murphy: I think that's why they also have the sour-faced guy at the beginning: to give it a sort of legitimacy; you have to sit through the scolding lecture in order to get to the good stuff.

Nelson: "Honey, I'm watching this thing on the dangers of drugs! Come on!"

Beaks: "Our kids are going to have to know this!"

Corbett: That's one area where there actually is some history to it. It was financed by some church group who wanted that message crystal clear.

Murphy: It was called TELL YOUR CHILDREN when it first came out.

Nelson: Dwain Esper, I believe, was the name of the guy who had the little exploitation thing. There were obviously more of them, but he would bring a series of movies into town and hand out pamphlets saying "You're going to have to learn about these wicked women...."

Murphy: And the evils of oral sex.

Beaks: I think the great thing about doing these live events and including your audience, is the communal thing. There are so many fan communities out there, and they often seem to be really aggressive and unpleasant. But I think RiiffTrax, and everything that's grown out of the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 community... it's just one of the friendliest fan communities I've ever encountered.

Murphy: Oh, man, absolutely.

Corbett: I would agree with that. We really don't run into that degree of yuckiness that I think some people on the business end of fandom do. It might have to do with the fact that we're just not that huge. I mean, physically, yes, but as a phenomenon we only grew so much. It tended to keep the riffraff out on some level.

Murphy: Not to overthink this, but we were a comedy show first, so anything science-fiction related came later; the kind of thing that grows something to a cult status was kind of secondary. For some reason, it seems like comedy crowds can be a lot friendlier than those that are sticking to whatever bible of science-fiction or fantasy that they're about. We have a lot of license.

Corbett: Which is not to say that we have entirely escaped that. But those are outliers. I think the rest of the community has pretty much mocked them soundly and told them to go away.

Beaks: So you've never noticed any slash-fiction involving Tom Servo or Crow?

Murphy: I'm sure it exists.

Corbett: I've written a fair amount of it, actually, and I think I've done a pretty good job of it. It's erotic, but tasteful.

Murphy: Bill, you've been very good at it, and the forum has really seemed to support you.

Corbett: I include real tenderness in their relationship. It's not just hot and steamy.

Murphy: Bill did a great job with his FROST/NIXON slash-fiction. That was really quite wonderful.

Beaks: I liked the BRIEF ENCOUNTER with Crow and Tom Servo. That was very touching.

Murphy: (Groaning) Oh, I'm sad now.

Beaks: Thinking about movies you're going to get to in the future, movies that are richly deserving of the RiffTrax treatment... have you seen THE LAST AIRBENDER?

Murphy: I have. I was drooling in the theater as a matter of fact. I think it's going to be delightful fun for us. M. Night just can't make movies fast enough for me right now.

Nelson: I'm hoping for THE HAPPENING 2, but I'm not keeping my hopes too high.

Corbett: I'm thinking of bankrolling that one myself.

Murphy: I'm thinking of going to the theater to see CHARLIE ST. CLOUD. It might also be perfect. It's the kind of movie that might appeal to our TWILIGHT audience.

Beaks: Absolutely.

Corbett: What is this?

Murphy: It's Zac Efron, and he's moony and teary-eyed, and he's got a little brother who's a ghost. And he's got a teary-eyed girlfriend. It's all teary-eyed. And Zac just gets to moon at the camera with his giant bushy eyebrows. What else do you need?

Corbett: Now you're talking!

Beaks: For some of us who spend time watching some of the artier movies, I would love to see you guys have a go at LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD or HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR.

Murphy: Well, sure. It would be great for you and the six other people who would buy the RiffTrax. That's the thing. I would love to do some of those things, too, but they end up being sort of financially, and time-wise, impractical. Maybe if we come up with just the right thing, we could do something...

Nelson: "An Andalusian Dog", perhaps.

Murphy: Oh, my god, yeah. Or METROPOLIS.

Beaks: I guess that's the idea. To find the right vintage genre stuff. THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI or something.

Murphy: Something that really sticks out, and is really vivid in people's memories or imaginations.

Corbett: I want to take that fraudulent bitch THE SORROW AND THE PITY down. It's about time.

Murphy: Isn't that three-and-a-half hours? Isn't that endless?

Corbett: Yeah.

Beaks: It's long. If you're going there, you might as well hit all sixteen hours of BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ.

Corbett: We have actually done a few good movies. We had the RiffTrax Challenge last year where we did CASABLANCA. And as you may or may not know, we don't get in this just to call movies crap. I mean, some are, and we're not shy about saying it, but we also like to do, as Kevin calls it, a "roast" of a movie. I like that idea a lot. So we've done CASABLANCA and JAWS. And we've done the LORD OF THE RINGS movies, which we're all kind of fond of. And it's not just an unremitting drumbeat of "Oh, this is a piece of crap." Although we do those, too.

Beaks: Have you ever heard from any current filmmakers who've listened to your RiffTrax and perhaps enjoyed them?

Nelson: You know, we haven't. Usually all the things we've heard are hearsay, and only a few of them were authenticated. We've only heard rumors here or there. I'm not even sure if they're worth repeating.

Murphy: It sounds like Tommy Wiseau was confused by what we were doing.

Nelson: Yeah, we did have a nice conversation with Tommy Wiseau, that's true. What he kept saying, what stuck out to me was - because the conversation went on for, like, an hour-and-a-half, with us trying to figure out exactly what he was saying - he kept saying, "I don't want this to become a rollercoaster." And I couldn't figure out what he meant. "You don't want, what, this phone conversation to become a rollercoaster? Your hat? I'm not sure what you don't want to become a rollercoaster."

Corbett: He's very anti-rollercoaster. He's known for it.

Beaks: Do you ever get the sense that he's a performance artist? That it's an Andy Kaufman thing?

Nelson: I was only fifty-one-percent sure he was real, even while we were doing it. But there were just a couple of things that convinced me that he's got to be real. Although he still may pull off a mask one day and go, "Ah-ha!"

Corbett: If so, a true master, and a truly odd creation. Like "How did you think of this combination of things?"

Nelson: Along those lines, I just saw AFTER LAST SEASON. Although it isn't proven yet, I think that's a Tommy Wiseau-inspired hoax.

Beaks: Which takes the fun out of it.

Nelson: It really does. It angers me.

Beaks: Here's an MST3K question I have to ask every time I talk to you guys: has there been any movement on the Sandy Frank movies?

Nelson: I'm totally out of the loop on that. Kevin?

Murphy: The last I'd heard from the folks at Shout! Factory was that that organization is a very tough nut to crack. But nothing is ever said and done in the very weird world of film distribution. Right at this very moment, it's not looking great, but who knows? Six months from now, things could change entirely.

Corbett: I liked that you called it an "organization".

Murphy: That's what they call themselves. The Sandy Frank Organization.

Corbett: (Laughs) I didn't know that. That's hilarious.

Murphy: I think he might still be around. He's just this bitter, bony, cigarette-y guy--

Corbett: He is still around. I actually know someone who lives pretty close to him. They said they talked to him, and he cursed our name.

Murphy: He doesn't like us at all. And as long as he's alive, it's like Castro and Cuba: we're never getting in.

Beaks: But that doesn't prohibit Michael from doing the Gamera song whenever he wants.

Nelson: No, I think I have the rights to that.

Beaks: So aside from what we discussed, what's the real selling point for the fans showing up Thursday evening?

Nelson: I obviously have great faith in REEFER MADNESS being a thing that would be entertaining even if we weren't there. But the shorts that we have unearthed for this should be quite a spectacle. I'd be very surprised if anyone has seen them before, unless they were in Mrs. O'Hara's sixth grade class back in the forties.

Corbett: I'd conjecture that they have not even been seen by the people who made them. (Laughter) Or indeed by human eyes at all!

Nelson: We've gotten very adept at hunting through piles of 16mm films, and finding things that we thing will entertain. So I'm just excited for the debut of these three bizarro things, which I think will fit nicely as appetizers for REEFER MADNESS.

Murphy: A big variety, all within the theme of abject weirdness. And then we've got Rich Kyanka's shorts, which are wonderful. They're actually some of the best stuff I've seen him do. They really took me by surprise. I think they'll take the audience by surprise, too.



If you've read this far, I'd wager your tickets are already purchased. If you're planning on hitting up the L.A. Live screening, I'll see you there! As usual, it was an absolute pleasure talking to these gentlemen. Next time, I promise: more Strindberg. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • Aug. 16, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    very gay pic of those guys...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Reefer Madness?

    by RPLocke

    How boring.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Quick say something witty during this scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by crackerfarmboy

    Quite a talent there. Have they ever heard of Youtube?

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Plan 9 Rifftrax live was great

    by MJDeViant

    Especially the guy with the gun he kept waving around. A good fix for us MST3K folks. Not sure if I can make it this Thursday but I will try (broke as a joke). I always hoped MST3K would make a return to TV. AMC would be a good fit IMO. I'll keep dreaming obviously.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    True comic geniuses

    by lynchmob17

    MST3K is my favorite show of all time. I've met everyone from the show (Cinematic Titanic, Rifftrax) and they're all friendly and quick witted. They really understand their fanbase. I welcome any new project they come up with. Nelson's Rifftrax of "Troll 2" is hysterical, and the three of them did a fantastically funny Rifftrax of "The Room". One of the funniest things I've seen in some time.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I think that's "Escondido".

    by cyberskunk

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Mah boyssss!!!

    by Riff_Randell

    Fangirlgasm.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    YourSTEPDADDY

    by torgosPizza

    Sounds like someone is projecting.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Sandy Frank! Sandy Frank! His movies are poorly dubbed!

    by Gojira_X

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Gamera! Gamera!

    by Riff_Randell

    Gamera is really neat. Gamera is filled with meat.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    It's amazing...

    by ConfusedPanda

    ...that they remain a much under-the-radar group of comedians, as they said in the interview, when Hollywood seems to be making movies with their act in mind (see: The Last Airbender). There is a whole new generation of movie buffs that didn't grow up watching these guys.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Is there a tree under all that crap?

    by daggor

    I bought the Christmas Shorts DVD of the live show - it's crazy insane funny.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    He tried to kill me with a forklift!

    by MJDeViant

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Why a Thursday?!?

    by JT Kirk

    Seriously, this is a busy Thursday for me, I'd love to take a few friends to go do this, especially at LA Live with Beaks, but Thursday night is too much of a beast to make happen on short notice. Nevertheless, good interview, it was a fun read and left me wanting more. Wait, does that make you a drug dealer, Beaks?!? "THE FIRST TASTE IS FREE!"? You bastards!

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I think they kind of pick a clear night TOWARDS the weekend

    by MJDeViant

    A movie theater isn't gonna take up space with this over whatever releases it think will get money. I agree I think they should pick a Mon-Wed. The fans won't mind and the theaters can have the whole weekend including Thursday. When I saw Plan 9 it was pretty empty, like 30 people, but it was hysterical and it is pretty good about feeling live. The only thing I disliked were some of the in between song numbers.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Too bad MST3K can't get back together

    by RPLocke

    This separated stuff is all right, but I think Cinematic Titanic is a dud. The gang needs to get together!!!

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Warrior of the Lost World was one of the best

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    episodes ever, a real cheapo road warrior knockoff.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    "Here are regular american troops"

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    "and here are new and improved american troops" Invasion USA was another great.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    "how many casualties can we expect?"

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    "whoa... LOTS"

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    A Date With Your Family

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    "Brother seats mother like he would his best girl." <p> Mike: The less said about this the better.

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Love you guys! Home Theater subscriber!

    by UltraTron

    Anyways just watched Joe Don Baker one on netflix. Stoned falling asleep at 3:00am with that is warm apple pie. I have a question. Is there a movie more terrible than Blood Waters of Doctor T?

  • Aug. 16, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    A Date With Your Family

    by lynchmob17

    One of my favorite shorts. Narrator(Hugh Beaumont): "Now do you see how a pleasant meal with the family can be rewarding experience?" Mike: Do you? WELL DO YOU?!? BETTER SAY YES, DAMMIT!!"

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    JTKirk

    by torgosPizza

    As MJDeviant said, the theaters available to us would drop in numbers if we were to do it in a weekend, so basically Fathom tells us, "Weekends are out" and give us the choice of the three midweek days.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    I'm gonna start a thing called JazzTrax

    by Vern

    It's just a guy playing saxophone over movies. It was originally gonna be called RiffTrax, but... you know. Anyway get ready to be blown away.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I

    by Hosta_Mahogey

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I'm surprised this made it one here...

    by Hosta_Mahogey

    Harry Hates these guys for making fun of his beloved movies (note: all movies are loved by Harry, except maybe good ones like Inception and Toy Story 3). And in a few written encounters I've had with Vern I get a strong sense he has no respect for what these MASTERS of comedy do. Which seems sad, because Vern's a funny guy himself and I think he'd get a lot of enjoyment from the Riff'ing if he let himself.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    So If Harry smokes a joint and goes to this...

    by Harry_Knowles_Fell_Asleep_During_Inception

    What do you think happens first? Does he fall asleep or does he get the munchies?

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    I'll check this out...

    by Lou Stools

    But I'm more of a CT guy myself. I like the cheesy old flix they do. Rifftrax seems a little perfunctory to me. They pump those out on an assembly line. But I really dig Mike, he was the first host of MST3K I encountered. My favorite era is Comedy Central Mike. If I could have boxed sets of seasons 5-7 I'd be happy. That and I'm not a huge Bill Corbett fan. He seems like he really thinks HE is hilarious. It's hard to put my finger on...comedically pretentious? I dunno. He jus seems to scream 'Look at me I'm funny!!" Okay, enough rambling.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 2:03 a.m. CST

    I'm going to start BonerTrax

    by MyScroteHasGout

    its just me jacking off during the entire movie.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Lazy parasites

    by Charlie & Tex

    Go out and make something real, rather than lazily takng the piss out of others.

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  • Aug. 17, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    I thought some of these guys would go on to be

    by RPLocke

    huge movie makers, etc. But, no, they're still doing the same old stuff.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 2:30 a.m. CST

    If I liked doing it then that is what I would keep doing

    by MJDeViant

    Plus, they have the freedom that I would find very comforting. No one is really telling them what to do, just what to not do (SANDY FRANK!). I think I miss Film Crew the most (besides MST3K obviously). I enjoy Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic but I think Film Crew was the best of both worlds. The movie was included and it had basically Tom, Crow and Mike even though it was new and post-MST3K. I like the new-ness of RT and basically they are free of license issues but I'd rather have the audio and video combined (I know they have fixed that somewhat AND the Live DVDs are perfect). CT I think chose a few too many depressing movies out of the gate. Plus they re-did Santa Conquers the Martians. None of them are bad but they could mix up the selection a little. Just so I make my nerdtacularness clear, I literally fall asleep to an episode of MST3K every night. I just go from start to finish of the series (okay, I admit, I skip KTMA sometimes). Tonight? San Francisco International! Tab Hunter AWAYYYYYYYYY

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    And just because

    by MJDeViant

    I feel like I didn't give Joel enough love, "Oh for fun"

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    The Comedy Channel era was the best

    by RPLocke

    Seasons 2 through whatever. The last episode with Dr. Forrester turning into a baby. I think the movie was the last of the good era MST3K.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Sci Fi had some good ones

    by MJDeViant

    Hobgoblins and Giant Spider Invasion especially

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Best show that will ever be actually. Nothing else

    by UltraTron

    can be an entirely new plot,structure,formula,genre,etc- each episode- and maintain a lovable cast of characters that are affected by those fresh contrivances in their own continuity. Duh

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Roasting Reefer Madness

    by MacReady452

    I'm in.<p>What?<p>A movie?<p>No. I just wanna get high.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Cinematic Titanic's East Meets Watts

    by HypeEndsHere

    is on par with any of the best MST3K. seriously. Manos-level. check it out.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    reefer madness is also the name of

    by emeraldboy

    seminal book by Eric schlosser. on how govts lie about truth about drugs. or how they keep us all addicted.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Really wish the MST3K episodes were sold individually

    by SpyGuy

    I have a good amount of these on old VHS now converted to DVD, but I can't justify buying the sets when there's one or two good Joel episodes boxed up with two or three shitty late series Mike episodes.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    "where do trains come from? From the rails, of course."

    by durhay

    "durhay"

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    I want to decide who lives and who dies

    by TV's Frank

    Excellent. I plan to attend this event at my local theater. I love RiffTrax. It would be great if they and the Cinematic Titanic faction would join forces. I kind of think RiffTrax is the better post-MST3K project since, because of the audio-track only format, they have the freedom to comment on any movie they want, including movies that I feel personal hatred for and get immense pleasure out of seeing mocked, such as Transformers. The old public domain movies are certainly bad, but in a more charming way that is much less offensive than newer movies that have taken my money and my time and given nothing in return, such as Transformers, and thus are much more deserving of the MST3K treatment. Having said that, even though I kind of like RiffTrax better than CT, I still consider Joel to be pretty much the best person ever. Now, how to get kids to start smoking?

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Yes to this!

    by andrew coleman

    Rifftrax is amazing. That is all.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    "Trumpy, you can do stupid things!"

    by UCB Agent1

    It stinks!

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    I wish some of he better MST movies would come out

    by RPLocke

    Like the Godzilla ones. Untamed Youth. Stuff like that. I didn't care for MST3K when they started riffing movies that didn't even have sci fi in them.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    MY SKULL!

    by canvasseamonkey

    the horror of party beach

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    It's so spontaneous!

    by Aaronthenia

    It's like a Peter Gabriel video.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Untamed Youth wasn't scifi

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    it was one of those rebel teen movies.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    I agree the Joel years were the best

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    the best chemistry was there between everyone. Castle of Fu Manchu is probably my favorite episode.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Manos is a favorite. Mitchell, Rocketship XM

    by RPLocke

    Skydivers, This Island Earth, I saw MST3K live twice. It was awesome.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Charlie&Tex

    by torgosPizza

    "Go out and make something real, rather than lazily takng the piss out of others." As opposed to trying to take the piss out of people on an internet forum? You have bested us this day, sir!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Lou Stools

    by torgosPizza

    Assembly line? We do one feature-length film a month, if that. The guys record a bunch of shorts in one batch so we can release one or two a week. It might seem that we release things often, but it's really not - those feature-length riffs take 2-3 weeks to write and produce.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST

    I got tickets...

    by The Dum Guy

    Only 'cause I was so-so when reading this, then I caught Dennis Miller's radio show... it must be fate... or the fact I've loved MST3K since I was 10 years old.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    torgosPizza

    by The Dum Guy

    <br><br>What about doing a riff on the Seventh Seal... or Seven.<br><br>

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    torgosPizza...

    by Charlie & Tex

    We do go out and make real things, as opposed to lazily sitting in front of a movie over and over again to come up with something "spontaneous". This whole riff crap is parasitical.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Turkey Volume Guessing Man!

    by monolithik

    Not sure why that's the first quote to come to mind, hahah. Ticket has been purchased, ass will be in seat. Can't wait!

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  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    SWEATIN' LIKE HARRY KNOWLES!

    by MST3KPIMP

    during the film they name-checked Harry when some crazed drug fiend was all shaky and panicky and they said the line "Sweatin like Harry Knowles!" Not too many laughs so I guess it flew over many heads. But the Justin Beiber reference went over big!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    THEY BLEW UP VINCENT PRICE!

    by MST3KPIMP

    yes I was there.. As my name might suggest I'm a longtime MST fan but this was my first riff tracks simulcast. The shorts were the best part "as usual". Washing clothes with gasoline? Making masks out of grass? Too much. I think I'll attend the next one in October.

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    "Are my dinners ready?"

    by monolithik

    Agreed. That was a hell of a lot of fun. The gasoline and grass shorts are instant favorites. Forget Inception; "Is corn grass?" is the new cliffhanger of the summer!

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    "My house! My car! My mountain!"

    by monolithik

    "I have to go and sire John Hodgman."

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    "We're the same person, right?"

    by monolithik

    "I'm a terrible gangster!"

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4 a.m. CST

    "You can star in The Wicker Man!"

    by monolithik

    "I have two clipboards worth of work!"

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4:02 a.m. CST

    "The cord's fixed!"

    by monolithik

    "What's worse than watching grass grow? Watching grass NOT grow."

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    "Got to get back to humping this pole..."

    by monolithik

    "If only there were gallons of solidified water laying around."

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST

    "I tried but... she wouldn't kiss me."

    by monolithik

    "He's doing the 'Rip Her Arm Out of Its Socket' dance."

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    "Go back to the scrolling text!"

    by monolithik

    "He was a beta test Dick Van Dyke."

  • Aug. 20, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    "Hurry or my butter car will melt!"

    by monolithik

    "My favorite copy of Mein Kampf!"