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The MST3K Crew Reunites For Live Webcast 60

csn writes "On Wednesday, January 28th at 6:00 PM PST and 9:00 PM EST, the stars of the cult television hit 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' will reunite to do what they do best — heckle bad movies. Join Mike Nelson, Kevin 'Tom Servo' Murphy and Bill 'Crow T. Robot' Corbett as they make fun of the 1950 short film, 'Overcoming Fear,' live over the internet.
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The MST3K Crew Reunites For Live Webcast

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  • Wonderful! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by solder_fox ( 1453905 ) on Sunday January 25, 2009 @11:38PM (#26603929)
    They always pick movies that are enhanced by their commentary, and yet which contain their own wonderful comic moments. The deadpan acting of a man who talks about what happened "while I was... green," for example.
  • Rifftrax Live (Score:3, Interesting)

    by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Sunday January 25, 2009 @11:39PM (#26603941) Homepage

    Anyone know if they're planning anymore live shows? I saw them in North Beach once, was a real blast.

    (Oh and Mike is really, really tall in real life.)

  • by rizzo5 ( 574275 ) on Sunday January 25, 2009 @11:42PM (#26603959)
    This is just a production by Rifftrax, which has been doing this for a while now. The other half of the crew are doing a similar thing called Cinema Titanic I believe. From the headline, I thought both groups had reconciled and were doing something together.
    • Yep, it's a cool thing. But nowhere near what I read it as, which was both Joel and Mike doing a movie together.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Hawthorne01 ( 575586 )
      Yeah, I am still pretty neutral on the Joel v. Mike debate because to me, the heart of the series was always Trace.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        THe heart of the series was always the head writer. (AKA Mike)
        • Maybe so, but Joel's delivery was 10x what Mike did on screen.

          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by nomadic ( 141991 )
            Nah, Mike had the best delivery. Most fans seemed to prefer Joel because that's what they were used to, but I thought Mike was much funnier.
            • Ditto. Having started out with the Mike episodes, I never found the Joel episodes nearly as funny. This doesn't mean Mike was better, as I might just prefer Joel because that's what I was used to.

      • by derfy ( 172944 ) *

        Mike was the perfect straight man to the bots.

        And he sometimes got a word in edgewise, as well.

    • Just wondering... who wound up with the Mystery Science Theater 3000 brand name and right to produce new episodes. Since the cast and crew seem willing, it'd make for an excellent podcast.

      • by aredubya74 ( 266988 ) on Monday January 26, 2009 @12:13AM (#26604153)

        Jim Mallon of Best Brains (the producer of the show from day 1) owns the trademark. Some schism between the camps of Rifftrax (Mike/Kevin/Bill) and Cinematic Titanic (Joel/Trace et al.) has yet to be explained, but it likely precludes any further collective work between the bunch of funny folks.

        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward
          I gathered that the schism was only (this is one-sided of course) that Jim was an ass to everyone. Joel and Mike never had issues with each other, they just drifted apart naturally the way friends do. Some people went to L.A., Mike to San Diego, the rest stayed in Minnesota. Frank traveled all over the place for awhile.

          Even after MST, Mike and Kevin's endeavor "The Film Crew" was delayed because Jim sent out signals that he might sue them for some sort of infringement, since he "invented" making-fun-o
          • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) *
            It's a shame he's wasting such a cash cow on some old petty grudges. Even if MST3K couldn't get back on a network (and, considering the sheer number of networks now doing original programming, it seems like SOMEONE would pick it up), it would still clean up on DVD and the internet. Looking at Mallon's resume, it doesn't look like he's done anything in years.
        • by Hatta ( 162192 )

          So that just means we have 2 groups of talented funny people working on this kind of material instead of just one. That doesn't seem so bad to me.

        • The AC pretty much has it covered, but I also think that Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy (directed many episodes and the most recognizable Servo voice) had Rifftrax in full swing before the Cinematic Titanic thing was underway. I'm guessing Mike and Kevin declined the offer to work with CT as they already had a cash cow.

          They're both very good, but Cinematic Titanic is more "classic" MST3k style and Rifftrax is newer and edgier. The downside is that Rifftrax is more of a pain to setup for movies that they don

    • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) *
      It's sad that after all these years, these two groups still seem to harbor grudges. It's even more tragic because they all worked together for years before Joel left. You would think a bunch of middle-aged guys would have left this silly shit behind a long time ago.
  • went straight to cash. That was a mild disappointment.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 25, 2009 @11:53PM (#26604039)

    I love the Rifftrax guys, but to call them "the stars" does a disservice to the many other major MST3K cast members (most of whom are now in the competing project Cinematic Titanic [], including MST's founder Joel Hodgson. I'm just sayin'.

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Mike Nelson was one of the writers for most of mst3k's existence. Given he was involved longer than Joel I'd say he is one of "the stars", just not the one you personally experienced first.

      • Operative phrase being "one of the stars." "The stars" seems to connote all of them, or at the very least, one entire group of actors.

        Also, it's a misleading article title, because both the Rifftrax group and the Cinematic Titanic group HAVE BEEN DOING THIS. Unless it's some sort of collaboration between them, this isn't really news.

  • by MisterMikeyG ( 1454529 ) on Monday January 26, 2009 @12:14AM (#26604157)
    The date is misrepresented. It should read 'in the not too distant future - next Wednesday, A.D.'
  • Just a reminder (Score:4, Informative)

    by djupedal ( 584558 ) on Monday January 26, 2009 @12:38AM (#26604305) [1579290stream.nsv]

    Don't forget to check out the Shoutcast TV MST3000 online media feeds available via WinAmp, VLC etc.

  • C'mon, this is nothing more than an ad for Rifftrax online broadcast.

    1) it's nothing special. Rifftrax has been going for a while.
    2) It's not "the original stars", which would be the bulk of the original cast - it's about half of them.


  • is the home of Mike, Kevin (Tom Servo), and the false Crow. I'd neglected to try them out for years because I didn't have the original movies on DVD, wasn't about to pay for them, and synchronizing the tracks seemed like too much bother. But there's good news! Not only are they available on the torrent sites pre-syched and convenient for use, there's also a tip jar on their site so you can help keep the doors open.

    I think that the ultimate MST3K reunion would involve everyone, including Joe

    • They also have a rpgoram which syncs up the DVDs and tracks automatically. Otherwise, I wouldn't be buying Rifftrax.
      • They also have a rpgoram which syncs up the DVDs and tracks automatically.

        Ah, yes... Some nerd shows up at your door wearing a cape, says "Mellon!" as he comes in, and then gives you your damn message in some weird script written out on graph paper, and makes you roll 1D20 to see if you can "decode" it - RPG-o-grams were kind of fun but really not an effective or reliable way of getting a message to somebody...

    • is the home of Mike, Kevin (Tom Servo), and the false Crow.

      Josh is the true Mighty Voice of Tom Servo! :D

      Slashdot says the body of my message is missing - so I've provided a second one. Here it is:

      Josh is the true Mighty Voice of Tom Servo! :D

      • Here in my car -- I make analogies
        It is handy because -- you can relate to them
        In cars...

        And here I thought my sig was a reach. :)

        • Here in my car -- I make analogies
          It is handy because -- you can relate to them
          In cars...

          And here I thought my sig was a reach. :)

          Have you ever watched the video for "Cars"? Gary Numan's all rocking out on the Tambourine like he means it. Great stuff. It was truly a different era. :D

          Took me a minute (plus some Google searching) to get yours... Not well versed on Dune, I'm afraid...

  • Missing the point (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Outsdr ( 929135 )
    The news isn't that they're doing these riffs, the news is that the are now doing them live via streaming at the site, and then a short live question and answer afterwards. They did one already, and it went well. They released the studio version of the riff, but I haven't seen it to see how different it was from the live version.
  • . . . is fine with me, even if the headline was substantially inaccurate. Be sure to check out the full MST3K 135GB torrent!
  • Looks like they've been Slashdotted. Couldn't connect at 5:50 PST, and can't do it now, four hours later.

    I certainly hope this server-crushing interest translates into sales. I laughed my cheeks off to the Phantom Menace RT. Who else sells something that makes your existing movie collection better, you know?

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"