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Upcoming Cast Appearances

Joel will appear at WizardWorld in Raleigh, N.C. this weekend. More info here.

Joel will appear March 20-22 at HorrorHound Weekend Chiller at the Sharonville Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. More info here.

Joel will also be part of Nerds and Music: A Night with Joel Hodgson, Pat Rothfuss, and Paul & Storm Friday, March 27, at 8 p.m. at the The Showbox, 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle, Wash.

Meanwhile, RiffTrax will do a show at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, riffing “The Room.” We are seeing April 17 in some reports, but the festival schedule is not complete yet so we don’t know where, or what time. Stay tuned.

And tickets are now on sale for all four of this year’s RiffTrax Live shows.

Trace and Frank will be at the American Atheists conference in Memphis April 2-5. Frank and Trace will be riffing on the movie “God’s Not Dead” starring Kevin Sorbo.

On TV, Paul Fieg’s new series “Other Space,” featuring Joel and Trace, will hit Yahoo! on April 14. All the episodes will be available at once, so a binge-watch is definitely in order.

Oh, and I forgot this one: Trace is set to appear Sunday, April 12, at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. in Chicago, for the 45th anniversary celebration of the radio show “Those Were the Days.” More info here.

42 Replies to “Upcoming Cast Appearances”

  1. Goshzilla says:

    Meanwhile, RiffTrax will do a show at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, riffing “The Room.”

    Wow. That’s just. I can’t even. Wow.

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  2. TarlCabot says:

    The first confirmed PBS Station to show MST3K is, unsurprisingly, TPT Twin Cities Public Television.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/tpt/status/575989625316990977

       2 likes

  3. Gummo says:

    “Trace and Frank will be at the American Atheists conference in Memphis April 2-5. Frank and Trace will be riffing on the movie “God’s Not Dead” starring Kevin Sorbo.”

    Just when I thought I couldn’t love these guys any more….

       14 likes

  4. robot rump! says:

    i’m disappointed but not surprised by frank and trace’s association with such people.

       11 likes

  5. pondoscp says:

    https://loftcinema.com/event/scream-o-rama/
    and slightly off topic, The Loft Cinema here in Tucson, AZ has added The Incredible Melting Man to it’s Scream-O-Rama lineup!

       1 likes

  6. Cornjob says:

    I wish I could see the riffing of God is not Dead. It sound like a film even most Christians think is dumb.

       9 likes

  7. Cornjob says:

    That’s supposed to be “sounds”. Now I sound dumb.

       4 likes

  8. The Bolem says:

    Now c’mon, no matter what our varied opinions on “God’s Not Dead” or the audience the Mads are playing to, can’t we all agree that Kevin Sorbo playing the philosophy professor will make this comedy gold?

    “Well yes, most figures in Greek mythology cited as ‘sons of a god’ were probably the son of a prostitute at that god’s temple, but Hercules also had a mortal father, so saying HE was a son of Zeus was a way of intimidating anyone seeking vengeance for all the people he accidentally killed…but no network’s standards are going to allow THAT in prime time.”

    Of course, FrankenTrace will surely brush up on Kev’s TV career and come up with something snappier.

       6 likes

  9. SoCalChevy says:

    Wish I could see them riffing on God’s Not Dead.
    Read wikipedia’s summary of the plot, and it sounds pretty bad. Full of Christian misconceptions about Atheists.

       8 likes

  10. Kevin Sorbonne says:

    Wonder when they’re riffing the Koran?

       6 likes

  11. Carolyn says:

    Come on atheists riff The Theory of Everything, show some spine.

       6 likes

  12. Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    Slightly on this subject, did anyone happen to see “Elementary” tonight?

    Let’ just say that “The Master would not approve . . . . . “

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  13. The Bolem says:

    Kevin Sorbonne:
    Wonder when they’re riffing the Koran?

    As soon as they clear the rights to show Muhammad’s likeness I guess, which is apparently one heluva hassle; I’d almost swear Disney or Time-Warner owned the rights, as vicious as the I.P. trolls got with Charlie Hebdo. And probably because of one piece of Rule 34 fan-art for some dumbass Muhammad/Jesus/Moses slashfic that no one’ll ever actually read. Weird thing is, I thought all three of those guys were made up long enough ago that they’d be public domain by now.

    Makes me feel downright level-headed for praying to a god that’s wholly owned by Hasbro. These days, I mostly pray that Primus let people of both faith and geekdom see their religious belief and their pop-culture obsessions in the same light, that we all might lighten up and have a good laugh at the whole mess.

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  14. Joe Mannix says:

    Hey Joel, here’s hoping to get to meet you in Cincy next week along with William Katt!! The Showbox in Seattle’s great, it used to be the Improv!! It’s had the current name for 20 years now, I remember seeing Bobcat Goldthwait @ the venue right after the name change, in which he had to get a marker to write over the old name of the club, as “Shoebox!!”

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  15. Kenneth Morgan says:

    I read yesterday that Tribeca is also planning a big salute to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”. That’s what I call covering all the comedic bases.

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  16. Dirk Diggler says:

    Anyone planning to attend Tribeca…..I’ve done the festival a few times and be aware that having a ticket to a screening doesn’t guarantee admission. You need to be in-line outside the cinema at least one-hour before the scheduled time. If you show up at the last minute your seats will be given to someone in the stand-by line. Also they don’t allowing people already inside the cinema to save seats for friend who hasn’t showen up yet. If there isn’t a butt in the seat, it will be given away.

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  17. porp0ise says:

    To Richard the Lion-Footed-#:
    finally, someone else that saw it. I was slayed. I dreamed about it and am still stoked about that episode. I will never erase it.

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  18. dasdfa says:

    Oh no! The past quarter-century of making fun of everything was funny, but now they’re making fun of my team!
    EVERYTHING IS RUINED FOREVER

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  19. trennerdios says:

    Yeah I don’t know why people are complaining. Regardless of the content, “God’s Not Dead” is an objectively terrible movie that deserves to be mocked. It should be called “Strawman: The Movie”. A lot of the critical responses to the film were from Christians themselves.

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  20. My Other Car is a Satellite of Love says:

    @#14, here’s to plenty of references and impersonations of Raymond Burr!!!

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  21. KidFlash says:

    trennerdios:
    Yeah I don’t know why people are complaining. Regardless of the content, “God’s Not Dead” is an objectively terrible movie that deserves to be mocked. It should be called “Strawman: The Movie”. A lot of the critical responses to the film were from Christians themselves.

    Mike Nelson’s reaction to the movie would be something to behold, depending on how seriously he takes these types of films.

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  22. Captn Ross Hagen says:

    I’m a moron when it comes to things like “Other Space” on Yahoo! on Yahoo what????
    How do I and my tiny brain do this??? Do I have to go to school to learn how to watch this cool show?
    To quote Bob Mould “Things used to be so simple,
    long time ago
    Now everything is so expensive
    and complicated
    I hear you need a license for just
    about anything”
    From Compositions For The Young And Old. On the CD ( or LP, or whatever you crazy
    kids are into to listen to music now ) WORKBOOK.

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  23. JCC says:

    Richard the Lion-Footed:
    Slightly on this subject, did anyone happen to see “Elementary” tonight?

    Let’ just say that “The Master would not approve . . . . . ”

    Well I don’t plan on watching Elementary any time soon so maybe an explanation is in order?

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  24. SoCalChevy says:

    KidFlash: Mike Nelson’s reaction to the movie would be something to behold, depending on how seriously he takes these types of films.

    I sure hope he doesn’t take them too seriously.

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  25. Floki says:

    So, a theater filled with atheists sneering at a well-intentioned if obviously flawed Christian movie. That will certainly help defeat some of the stereotypes out there. Let’s switch that around. Would people at a Christian convention gather to mock any one of the thousands of Hollywood films that pretend God doesn’t exist? (By the way, I have no problem with atheists. It’s just that the movie thing seems to me to be mean-spirited.)

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  26. asdf says:

    @25
    HAHAHAHAHAHA cool stereotype bro

    I hope you felt similar indignity on behalf of brass horn manufacturers when Mr. B debuted.

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  27. Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    JCC: Well I don’t plan on watching Elementary any time soon so maybe an explanation is in order?

    Sorry to hear that JCC. Actually quite a good show.

    It this episode the “police sketch” of the wanted man, based on an “Eye witness account” was that of Torgo, of “Manos, the Hands of Fate” fame.
    I thought it odd at first when they showed the sketch, and later, when they showed how the sketch came about, it was just one of those MSTee moments we all have.

    “Hey, I GOT THAT !!! “

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  28. The Bolem says:

    @25: Ummmmm…not sure, since I don’t know how any movie pretends God doesn’t exist. By involving dinosaurs? By depicting Greek or Egyptian gods as being real? By not showing anyone praying?

    Maybe the rhetoric about Hollywood being anti-religion stems from the “high concept” formula that blockbusters adhere to: The premise can be conveyed in a single sentence to draw in casual fans, while the dialogue, characters, and story hopefully (but certainly not always) give die-hards plenty to talk about. Likewise, monotheism is catchy because there are only two or three really important names to remember instead of a whole pantheon, but plenty of stories and rules to quote whenever you want to impress. Either way, it’s about selling stories with enough meaning to strike a chord with the widest possible audience, so maybe the real issue is big studios using marketing tactics derived from monotheism to sell newer mythologies that occasionally cross cultural boundaries the old public-domain religions haven’t been able to penetrate?

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  29. SoCalChevy says:

    Maybe they assume that Hollywood Liberals are Atheists.

    The Bolem:
    @25: Ummmmm…not sure, since I don’t know how any movie pretends God doesn’t exist. By involving dinosaurs? By depicting Greek or Egyptian gods as being real? By not showing anyone praying?

    Maybe the rhetoric about Hollywood being anti-religion stems from the “high concept” formula that blockbusters adhere to: The premise can be conveyed in a single sentence to draw in casual fans, while the dialogue, characters, and story hopefully (but certainly not always) give die-hards plenty to talk about. Likewise, monotheism is catchy because there are only two or three really important names to remember instead of a whole pantheon, but plenty of stories and rules to quote whenever you want to impress. Either way, it’s about selling stories with enough meaning to strike a chord with the widest possible audience, so maybe the real issue is big studios using marketing tactics derived from monotheism to sell newer mythologies that occasionally cross cultural boundaries the old public-domain religions haven’t been able to penetrate?

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  30. Cornjob says:

    Since a Monotheistic God is something whose existence can’t be proven or dis-proven, there is no evidence to regard or disregard. Hence the whole faith thing. Pretending that something that can’t be proved to exist doesn’t exist is an interesting concept. Like pretending a sound that can’t be heard doesn’t exist. Or pretending a color that can’t be seen doesn’t exist.

    And if God is consciousness, a movie that pretended consciousness didn’t exist would be a Michael Bay or Andy Warhol movie.

    BTW: My wife isn’t pretty. She just looks that way. I love her just the same, but don’t tell her I said so.

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  31. Floki says:

    I don’t think it’s my stereotype that some atheists (including some professors) sneer at Christians. And no, I am suffering no indignity because the movie is being riffed. The optics and intentions of it are what I’m alluding to. Even if the movie was excellent, it would still be low-hanging fruit for atheists. You would think there would be something more constructive or challenging for them to do at a conference.

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  32. The Bolem says:

    Floki:
    You would think there would be something more constructive or challenging for them to do at a conference.

    It sounds potentially constructive to me. Trace and Frank have years of experience professionally deconstructing movies to find their flaws and absurdities, then reconstructing them into something funny. If the point of “God’s Not Dead” was to place an argument for faith in the existence of God into the public eye, then someone on the other side publicly pointing out genuine holes in it allows the first side to fine-tune said argument or come up with something new. That’s better public discourse than you’ll get on 99.9% of the internet. (Though THIS site’s still thankfully in the other 0.1%)

    As for “God’s Not Dead” having good intentions, every MSTie knows where movies paved with those can lead to, penny and busted cigarette or no. Heck, even “Birth of a Nation” had good intentions in terms of improving visual storytelling; D. W. Griffith just had an ginormous blind spot in his understanding of American history, so it REALLY needs deconstruction to be appreciated for all time, moreso than any other movie.

    So what’s a movie with bad intent? I for one, actually would like to see Christian organizations riff some movies that “pretend God doesn’t exist”, because if nothing else I’d at least have a clue what movies you’re referring to; beyond “Religulous”, I literally haven’t the foggiest what the other thousands would be, and understanding how folks of faith view movies could only be a good thing.

    Either side in these sort of debates usually sees the divisions and nuances within “their team”, but views the opposition as homogenous whole, leading to an outnumbered-persecution-complex that leaves us all more entrenched. I have to keep telling myself that if public schools were suddenly required to teach my kids a thinly-veiled version of the origin story of life on Mata Nui as a viable alternative to Darwin’s theories in biology class, it wouldn’t be a bad reflection on all Bionicle fans, just an unfortunate result of fandom mixing with politics.

    And Bionicle IS undergoing a revival now, so it COULD happen. And good for them.

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  33. agawgwrg says:

    >the optics and intentions
    lolwat
    So you’re worried somebody might get outraged? What does “the optics” even mean?
    The intentions seem to be this crazy idea of riffing on a movie for amusement.

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  34. Cornjob says:

    I just realized that many movies I’ve seen pretend that Odin, Zeus, Marduk, Quetzalcoatl, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster don’t exist.

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  35. Cornjob says:

    Re:#32
    I’ve heard believers lament that secularists don’t respect them. I find this curious since from a common theistic viewpoint an atheist is at best a spiritually crippled fool and at worst a hopelessly morally corrupt criminal who deserves to go to hell forever. What does it matter if someone like that doesn’t respect your religion? Isn’t that like a blind man saying your painting is ugly, or a deaf person telling you your music sucks?

    It was much more amusing than irritating when a good many of my classmates in high school were convinced by a Geraldo episode that I was a devil worshiping cannibal. This is because it seemed obvious to me that those who held these opinions were some combination of ignorant, stupid, and delusional. And therefore their opinions (at least as far as I was concerned) were meaningless. It seemed obvious that the kids that looked away from me in fear wouldn’t have made worthwhile friends even if they hadn’t decided I was trying to kill them with black magic.

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  36. trennerdios says:

    The Bolem: I have to keep telling myself that if public schools were suddenly required to teach my kids a thinly-veiled version of the origin story of life on Mata Nui as a viable alternative to Darwin’s theories in biology class, it wouldn’t be a bad reflection on all Bionicle fans, just an unfortunate result of fandom mixing with politics.

    And Bionicle IS undergoing a revival now, so it COULD happen. And good for them.

    Oh man, I would so be okay with this, as long as it set a precedent for more use of LEGO in schools.

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  37. The Bolem says:

    trennerdios: Oh man, I would so be okay with this, as long as it set a precedent for more use of LEGO in schools.

    And y’know, NBC just closed tonight’s news with that story about a kid who used Legos (guessing a Mindstorms set) to build a low-cost braille-printer…so yeah, I didn’t use the best example before, Lego DOES belong in science class!

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  38. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    It’s threads like this where I feel like the mad holo-virus version of Rimmer watching the other Red Dwarfers in quarantine. I sit back and watch the squabbles amongst the erstwhile harmonious crew of MSTies. The red checked gingham dress and penguin hand puppet are another story…

    Faith is a sensitive issue that people can hold good-faith views on all sides. People of every stripe can agree to be civil, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.

    (Monty Python’s) Brian said it best:
    Brian Called Brian:
    “You don’t need to follow me! You don’t need to follow anybody! You got to think for yourselves! You’re all individuals! You’re all different!”

    There are thinking people, and followers, of each persuasion. There are thinking people who still embrace theology, and there are thinking people who reject it. There are followers who denounce theology, and followers who swallow it hook, line and sinker. Humanity is one giant walking contradiction. God love us all.

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  39. Blonde Russian Spy says:

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Just because Trace is appearing at the Irish American Heritage Center doesn’t mean that he’s Irish American, or that he agrees with the Irish American outlook. He’s just there to entertain, not necessarily to promote any sort of Irish American agenda.

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  40. undernova says:

    SoCalChevy: I sure hope he doesn’t take them too seriously.

    Despite the legacy of his much-maligned adherence to reading the WT and other inferior rabble rousers, I’d argue that from what I saw behind the scenes at RT Live that he and his family are resting a comfortable distance to the left of the pious-conservative line.

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  41. SoCalChevy says:

    Did anyone here see Frank and Trace at the atheist convention? I’d like to hear how it went.

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