By: Philip | 06-27-2018 | Entertainment
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Joel Hodgson Tours With Mystery Science Theater 3000 30th Anniversary Show

It's hard to believe it's been 30 whole years since Joel Hodgson and the bots made their first appearance in Mystery Science Theater 3000, then new cable channel, Comedy Central. Joel Hodgson, the series founder and original host will be appearing on stage for a tour of several US cities. Last year, Joel made an appearance for the live show supporting the reboot of the series. For those not familiar, the show was a revamped version of the late night Sci-Fi/Horror host in the style of Elvira or Joe Bob Briggs. In short, take a horribly bad b-movie and present it with some corny puns in between commercial breaks.

What made MST3K different (and special) was that the series featured the presenters (Joel and the bots he built in the first iteration, Mike Nelson and the bots in the second half of the original series) silhouetted in a theater presumably on a spaceship "riffing" the awful flicks. Other characters included a shifting cast of mad scientists and henchmen (Dr. Forrester and "TV's Frank," and later Dr. Forrester's mother Pearl). Mike Nelson and the guys who voiced the bots in the latter half of the series have gone on to do an on-demand series entitled Rifftrax where they continue to give bad movies what they deserve.

The new series stars Jonah Ray as the hapless lost in space crewman and Baron Vaughan and Hampton Yount as the bots Tom Servo and Crow. The new series debuted on Netflix thanks to a Kickstarter funded by fans of the original run.

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Unlike last year's tour, Joel will not only appear on stage but join in on the riffing. The trailer features him donning the familiar "red jumpsuit" of Gizmonics institute for the first time in years. The tour will feature two horrible movies, The Brain and Deathstalker. Select cities will only feature one of the titles. The tour opens in Portland, Maine October 9. Nashville, Tennessee (the home of the live tapings for Rifftrax Live events) will host the Halloween night show and the last live event is scheduled for November 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota where it all began on local station KTMA. So stay tuned because "in a not too distant future" the new cast of MST3K and the original host and creator of the series may be coming to a town near you.

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joe No. 29881 2018-06-27 : 16:15

i loved that show thought it went out of production. laughed my ass off well almost. funny show! to bad i am not watching netflix dont watch the obama channel!

Schermann No. 29883 2018-06-27 : 16:38

Give Netflix the flick. With Rice on the board and Oblamer directing the shows… blah!

Whitey No. 29891 2018-06-27 : 17:26

The Ghoul is the king. Zingy Zingy

Anonymous No. 29894 2018-06-27 : 18:03

Suckers will still trust this ass hat. He funded the new show with kickstarter bux then sells the rights to the show to netflix. He was and is all about $$$.

Anonymous No. 29903 2018-06-27 : 21:23

Call me when it's on a network not affiliated with the Kenyan Commie 0bagbe.

Phil No. 30000 2018-06-29 : 08:50

Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the reboot version. Tried to watch a few episodes, but it's just not the same. That said, I would love the chance to see Joel riff on stage live.


Sold the rights to Netflix? Yeah, AFTER the money was used to pay off the former producer of the show and hire on folks like Patton Oswalt to take part in the series.

Did you know Joel gave up rights to his creation in order to keep from creating a schism back in the 90's? The jerk who is all about the money is Jim Mallon. Mallon sued Mike and the gang when they tried to do "The Film Crew" series. Riffing with their silhouettes in front of a b-movie was "too close" to "his intellectual property."

The MST3K gang stayed out of Hollywood and continued to work in Minnneapolis so they would have creative control (nobody from Hollywood wanted to move to Minnesota to oversee them) but unfortunately Mallon (that jerk) had got the rights from early on.

The Kickstarter was necessary just so they could buy Malllon off and use the name and theme of the show again. Sad but true. In fact, up until then, Joel and the other writers, creators and creatives on the MST3K team were not receiving royalties. For decades…

I think you're confused about who was "all about the money" here.

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