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Weekend Discussion Thread: Laughing at MST3K at the Wrong Moment

This one’s been sitting in the cue for a couple of years:

Have you ever had MST playing in the background while you were ‘fooling’ around with your wife, husband, or significant other and started laughing at an inopportune time when you heard a funny line?

Well, no, Klisch, but let’s expand this. MST3K is available on YouTube and Hulu (and Retro TV!), plus of course the many DVDs that are out there, so there really are lots of chances to be watching it at, say, work, or school, only to laugh at the wrong moment. I gotta tell you, I have had several instances of watching the show at work and having to desperately stifle my hilarity inside my cubicle.

I suspect others have had this experience. Tell us about it!

(And keep sending those topics!)

40 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Laughing at MST3K at the Wrong Moment”

  1. robot rump! says:

    i remember in the early 90’s i met at my home with a prospective writer for an indie comic i was trying to self produce. ‘S.F.International Airport’ was running on Comedy Central and i’m trying to interview the guy while failing miserably at keeping any semblance of a professional demeanor. it happened to be during the talking ‘Super Davey the amazing flying boy’ down part of the movie. i’ll never know why he didn’t return my calls. so to those who feel that the quality of comic bo- err graphic novels is woefully lacking, blame Davey.


  2. Jason says:



  3. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    Sampo, do you mean in the queue?

    I have the sound only of the MST episodes on my headphones while I’m falling asleep sometimes.

    Once in awhile I will repeat one of the lines to my wife. She often gets confused because it’s coming out of nowhere.

    That’s what she said.


  4. Cornjob says:

    I used to take Tai Chi classes and would have trouble with my mind wandering to funny things. One day I couldn’t get the song Uncle F***er from the South Park movie out of my head. I said nothing when the instructor asked what was going through our minds while we were doing our motions.


  5. Ptomreeves says:

    Not sure if this counts but I have laughed at the wrong moment thinking about an episode. For example I was stretching before a workout with some friends and thought of that line from Boggy Creek. “Legs bent! butt protruded,stomach pooched out. Good, good.” I was laughing and nobody was talking. I looked crazy.


  6. Weepy Donuts says:

    What usually happens to me is that I laugh *thinking* about a riff; so I either let out a laugh or have a seemingly unexplained smile while I’m at work. Try explaining just why “Rowsdower!” delights you so much to a coworker. Blank stares.


  7. EricJ says:

    I remember my non-MSTie sister talking with mom while Home Economics Story was playing in the background, and she cracked up that at just the right break in the discussion, there popped out, “Quiet, Grandma, you’re lucky to have a job!”
    I don’t think she ever saw the episode, she just liked the timing.


  8. jjb3k says:

    I remember watching the Oozing Skull episode of Cinematic Titanic on Hulu in the library (with headphones, of course). When Frank said “Shave and a haircut, two feet – BECAUSE HE’S SMALL, ladies and gentlemen, thank you!” I almost completely lost it before remembering I was in a crowded public area. I must have looked like a mental patient.


  9. VeryDisturbing says:

    All the time.
    Especially when it’s boring or slow at work, stuff from the show keeps popping into my head.


  10. Leave Crow T. Robert Denby Alone says:

    I went to my MST-ie friend’s house, while she was streaming Screaming Skull. She says, “Hey, did you know that the creepy housekeeper guy in Werewolf is the director?” I told her, “I’ll go you one better-” I pointed at her screen and said, “Mickey? ALSO the director!” It doesn’t count, but we had a good laugh over how well the pieces lined up in the moment.


  11. Garza says:

    In winter 2003, the Volume 4 boxed set came out from Rhino; I was a junior in college and an RA of a coed house at the time. I picked it up, and one night I was watching Space Mutiny and doing homework. One of my male residents came in to talk with me and started going on about his girl problems; when he told me he thought his girlfriend was cheating on him with someone, the scene where they pan on a resurrected Lieutenant Lamont came on, and you hear “Hey, she’s dead!” I stifled a poorly timed laugh.


  12. tersegirl says:

    The other night I was listening to MST3K audio tracks at work; in this case, it was Deadly Mantis. It’s been a while since I’d listened to that one, so I was unprepared when the rather placid country-music space trucking host segment broke into “Way, hey, heyyyy, TURKEY TURKEY!”

    I laughed hard and loud, and someone on the next aisle dropped the case they were carrying.
    Very glad I hadn’t been drinking something at the time.
    “Ooo, a noser!”


  13. Dr. Erickson says:

    Some bad weather was moving in once while I was at work, and as co-workers stared nervously out the windows, muttering “Wow,” and “Oh my,” at a long, slow roll of thunder, I sat at my desk choking back a laugh thinking, “Diarrhea is like a storm raging inside you.”


  14. Duane Zykov says:

    #10 The housekeeper guy in Werewolf isn’t the director. The director in Werewolf is the security guard who gets turned into a warwilf.


  15. Geoff says:

    Whenever someone says “normal” anything, I instantly think of “Normal View” from MST3K The Movie, but I’ve never cracked up about it.


  16. Thomas K. Dye says:

    I was drawing, drinking chocolate milk, and watching “Rocket Attack USA,” which I hadn’t seen in a long time. Appropriately enough, when Crow’s riff “Drink more Ovaltine” came up, I spit out my milk all over the drawing. . . forcing me to start all over again.


  17. Garza says:

    When I broke up with a girl I was seeing in college, I did so over the phone while Mitchell was playing in the background. I gave her the “It’s not you; it’s me” speech while trying to stave off the giggles during Servo’s “3M innovation” speech as the film’s “action” moved out to the harbor.


  18. Leave Crow T. Robert Denby Alone says:

    Thanks, Duane! Maybe Crow’s right – there’s just too much Zarindast in it.


  19. Son of Peanut says:

    I haven’t had the inappropriate laughter problem, but I have definitely had the same experience that a few have mentioned where I will be reminded of a riff can’t help but smile.
    A couple days ago I walked up to 2 coworkers and asked “What’s the word?” One of them, who is a fellow MST fan, responded appropriately with “Thunderbird! What’s the price? Forty twice!”
    We both laughed but the other person had no idea what we were talking about, and we didn’t bother explaining.


  20. Flying Saucers Over Oz says:

    Happens to me too. Also find myself mentally riffing movies. Caught a couple of seconds of WEREWOLF OF LONDON last week in which Henry Hull (I think) is chatting with his girlfriend, who happens to have on a bizarrely hideous outfit. “What happened to you?” he asks. “I remember as a child you used to be so happy and Gay…” And my brain automatically went, “Then you joined that mariachi band and it all went wrong…”


  21. jjk says:

    #20 If you saw WEREWOLF OF LONDON last week, you were watching Svengoolie. MST3K never did that movie.


  22. Ang says:

    I have ripped just the audio from MST eps, CT, and Rifftrax and I have them on my phone and I listen to them at work. There have been a few times where I’ve laughed out loud a little and then I just try and cover it with a cough. Most other people also listen to headphones so they probably don’t hear it but my boss’s office is right behind my cube and she always has her door open so she would definitely hear it. There have been many times where I just have to put my hand over my mouth to stifle the laughter and then I get hot and have to turn my desk fan on. It’s worth it though!


  23. My wife is totally not an MST3K fan, and even if she were, having MST3K on in the background would be the thing least conducive to lovemaking.

    Still, I have MST3K earworms in the same way I have musical earworms, so I do sometime seem to be giggling at random moments, like when I get a scene from a favorite episode stuck in my head. Recently I got the “Failure Song” from The Day The Earth Froze stuck in my head while I was on the roof clearing the gutters. As I came through the little hatchway into the 3rd floor bathroom and climbed down the ladder giggling, the weird look on my wife’s face was priceless.


  24. MSTie says:

    I have a clip of the “Danger!! Death Ray” theme as a ringtone for whenever my husband calls me, so I’m often laughing inappropriately at the grocery store, etc. Because just thinking about the music, special effects by Billy, and so on never fails to make me laugh.

    Ba-da-da-da-da-da…. DING!


  25. goalieboy82 says:

    when i volunteer, on the screen near me, a photo of skylab is shown, and i say, hey, look its skylab (people wonder why i say that sometimes).


  26. Garza says:

    I will, at random moments when credits roll or music is playing, I’ll just shout out at random “TUSK.”

    And I work with a woman whose last name is Mitchell. I know one day I’m going to just blurt “MITCHELL!” and look like a complete fool.


  27. Wes says:

    Joel’s “Boy this is fun, what with the used lamps and the festoonery.” from 503 What to do on a Date has burrowed deep, deep in my mind and will bubble to the surface and crack me up at fundraisers, award presentations and big to-dos at work.


  28. Terrorcotta says:

    My in-laws are what we refer to ‘Southern Gothic’ for all the grand drama they can come up with so sometimes my son and I will look at each other and mouth “…emotions are for ethnic people” from ‘A Date with Your Family”. Then we have to stifle for our lives.


  29. Terrorcotta says:

    My in-laws are what we refer to ‘Southern Gothic’ for all the grand drama they can come up with so sometimes my son and I will look at each other and mouth “…emotions are for ethnic people” from ‘A Date with Your Family”. Then we have to stifle for our lives.


  30. Terrorcotta says:

    Sorry about the double post so I’ll try to make up for it.

    Same mother-in-law; She really believes in Tough Love but has no one to practice it on (not that we’re such angels, but….) So one Thanksgiving we were at theIr house and she was behind me in the kitchen when the Invention Exchange came on. Yep, you guessed it – the Tough Love Loveseat. The timing was exquisite and I was dying.


  31. radioman970 says:

    2 fellow radio announcers were talking on the air (very boring conversation), and one of them said (just happened to be like Joel) “…and that’s pretty goood!” I immedately said (off the air, in another studio) “and I’m giving it back to yoooou!” I was lmao but one of the announcers, who could see me through a studio-to-studio window, had no idea what I was laughing at. lol I’m glad I wasn’t on the air with the other one who said the Joel line, since it would be irresistible and he’d have no idea what the hell I was talking about.


  32. Huggybear says:

    No. I usually watch Mst3K by myself in the basement with a jar of vaseline and some paper towels………..

    Oooops, wrong movie watching experience.


  33. Your New Best Friend says:

    Well, here’s an unfortunate and kinky twist to this discussion (are you listening, #32?)

    Lano Cadell bears an uncanny resemblance to the young lady I took to our high school prom,right down to the hairstyle, and, this being many years ago when things were a lot more uptight, I never got to third base, second base, first base, or, actually, much past the turnstiles with her. So I didn’t EVEN need to discover, per remarks made in these comments a couple years ago, the uncut version of Beast of Yucca Flats, meaning, of course, the intro. Talk about “My Angel Is The Centerfold.”

    Otherwise, let’s go with the original premise, “Have you ever had MST playing in the background while you were ‘fooling’ around with your wife, husband, or significant other and started laughing at an inopportune time when you heard a funny line?”

    The answer is NO. When I’m ‘fooling’ around with my wife, I’m ‘fooling’ around with my wife. When I’m watching MST, I’m watching MST. Neither experience enhances the other. If, for you, it does, I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!


  34. radioman970 says:

    Spider Island, paper towels, vaseline (although simple hand lotion is easier to deal with , come on!) is a fine answer #32! What a steamy ride that film is!!


  35. Huggybear says:

    I agree @#34! Hot, steamy, foreign chick action says it best.

    And yes, you are correct, hand lotion is easier………. I stand corrected.


  36. Flying Saucers Over Oz says:

    Re: 21.

    Yes, Svengooglie. And yes, I know MST3K never did that movie. The riff was my own.


  37. Sitting Duck says:

    This might not properly fit in the topic, but here it goes. Whenever I pass someone who got pulled over for speeding or whatever, I will sometimes say, “Uh oh, it’s The Man! I hope he don’t send them to the Big House.”


  38. Graboidz says:

    I don’t know if this would qualify as a “wrong time”, but the day that I brought my wife and newborn son home from the hospital, I got the baby tucked into his crib and my wife still extremely sore and exhausted went to lay down in our room. I too was wiped out after 2 sleepless nights at the hospital, and crawled into bed next to my wife. I pop on the TV (this was 1998 BTW), and a new episode of MST3K comes on….Pumaman”.

    As soon as the first theater segment comes on we are both belly-laughing, and my poor wife is trying to stifle her laugh because it hurts!! I turn off the TV because we both need sleep and she needs some healing time.

    To this day “Pumaman” remains a family favorite, I remember later that week watching my tape of “Pumaman” while feeding my son (now 16 years old?!?!) and thinking that it was his first exposure to MST3K.


  39. Uh... says:

    I was watching – I forget the episode – while my partner was net surfing. He told me someone famous had just died right when a favorite riff came up and – oops.


  40. Thomas says:

    I’ll never forget the first time I saw Bride of the Monster, when Servo comes out in his candy striper uniform and says, “Hey, big boy!” I was drinking milk at the time….

    I definitely have had some similar experiences. Luckily, some of the people at work have seen MST3K.
    But this is the worst.
    Sometimes in church, someone will be speaking at the pulpit. My mind starts to wander, and I find myself riffing what the speaker is talking about.


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