If you were a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) during its decade-plus run on Comedy Central and Sci-Fi, you need to know what the cast is up to now.
First, there's Cinematic Titanic
. You've got Joel Hodgson (Joel), Frank Conniff (TV's Frank), Trace Beaulieu (Crow/Dr. Forrester), Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), and J. Elvis Weinstein (Dr. Ernhardt) from MST3K, riffing on even more lost B-movies, complete with shadowrama silhouettes. I saw them live in Milwaukee earlier this year, and despite the lack of 'bots and the Satellite of Love, the group is still in top form.
And then there's Rifftrax
. Michael J. Nelson (Mike), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow 2.0) are still riffing, but more often over the top of new classics like the Star Wars series, Titanic, Transformers, Avatar, the Lord of the Rings series, and more. Instead of licensing the rights to the entire film, the Rifftrax crew just lets you download their riffing in an MP3 that you can sync up to your own DVD to laugh your ass off.
And tomorrow night, Thursday, August 19th, Rifftrax is taking their show live on the road to 500 theaters across the country - all at the same time - to riff on the 1938 anti-marijuana classic, Reefer Madness. Check out details and buy your tickets here
. It'll be showing at Regal Cinemas in Appleton and also at Bay Park Cinemas in Green Bay. You know you'll see me there.