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New Short from RiffTrax

This was released a couple of days ago, but I somehow missed the memo. Stream or download it here.

24 Replies to “New Short from RiffTrax”

  1. Privateiron says:

    It was released a month or two ago to Kickstarters, I think. It’s very funny, as is the Old-timey Western learning about the metric system short the guys did at the same time.

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  2. Jay says:

    I loved these In The Future when I was a kid. Especially the early electronic musical scores. Alas, that future was obliterated by hack, easy listening, one-fingered keyboardists. Aarghhh!

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  3. MSTie says:

    I remember these type of “here’s what your future will be like” things from the ’60s, although not this one in particular. Let’s see, we’d all wear paper clothes that we threw away at the end of the day, have personal robots, and so on. What makes them so funny now and almost always completely wrong is that no one saw feminism coming.

    A really wonderful short story about the future, which was amazingly prescient about cell phones and how people are addicted to them is Ray Bradbury’s The Murderer from 1953. Highly recommended. Sorry to wander from the Rifftrax topic.

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  4. Buzz's Locker says:

    * Stock EricJ Whining/Complaint #5 *

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  5. EAG46 says:

    No one ever sees social change coming. But this short is delightful. And on a shallow note, Wink Martindale was hot way back then.

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  6. EricJ says:

    Buzz’s Locker:
    * Stock EricJ Whining/Complaint #5 *

    But…they also riffed Gravity!

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  7. goalieboy82 says:

    What’s Next?
    LaserDisc!
    now that is old.

       0 likes

  8. Lavendare says:

    EricJ: But…they also riffed Gravity!

    EricJ:

    Someone named Vixy (you?) on Twitter asked Kevin why Mary Jo and Bridget only ever get to do the home/kitchen/wife/family shorts.

    This was Kevin’s reply: “Bridget and MJ choose their own material, and I think they dig into this old sexist agitprop stuff in a way that we can’t.”

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  9. Lavendare says:

    I wanted to mention that “RiffTrax Christmas Circus with Whizzo the Clown!” is available at rifftrax.com.

    Enjoy. :-)

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  10. Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    goalieboy82:
    What’s Next?
    LaserDisc!
    now that is old.

    I recall an article in TV guide around 1975 that predicted a home with laserDiscs that each member of the family would use for their own purpose. Mother, of course, would put on the disk to find a new recipe for tonight’s dinner, while Juniour would watch his favorite movie.

    Nobody predicted the internet and streaming, let alone YouTube.

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  11. EricJ says:

    Lavendare: EricJ:
    Someone named Vixy (you?) on Twitter asked Kevin why Mary Jo and Bridget only ever get to do the home/kitchen/wife/family shorts.
    This was Kevin’s reply: “Bridget and MJ choose their own material, and I think they dig into this old sexist agitprop stuff in a way that we can’t.”

    That was sort of the complaint to begin with, but nice to know OTHER people are, er, noticing. (And MJ wonders why everyone steers clear of female comics, especially Ghostbuster ones…)
    There, see, it’s not just me. So there, nyeah.

    Richard the Lion-Footed: I recall an article in TV guide around 1975 that predicted a home with laserDiscs that each member of the family would use for their own purpose.Mother, of course, would put on the disk to find a new recipe for tonight’s dinner, while Juniour would watch his favorite movie.

    Nobody predicted the internet and streaming, let alone YouTube.

    IIRC, combatting the initial scare stories of the Internet and home computer were also sold to families with the promise that Mom could look up recipes. Recipes were pretty much the general default answer back then for “Why Information Technology in the home?”
    Come to think on it, first VHS I ever bought was a cooking-class tape.

    And laserdisc actually did start to make a minor comeback in the mid-90’s, when Siskel & Ebert pointed out it, gosh, looked better than VHS, but then DVD came along and grabbed all the credit. Except for the LD fans, who didn’t really see the point.

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  12. Lavendare says:

    EricJ: That was sort of the complaint to begin with, but nice to know OTHER people are, er, noticing.(And MJ wonders why everyone steers clear of female comics, especially Ghostbuster ones…)
    There, see, it’s not just me.So there, nyeah.

    EricJ:

    I don’t know why I’m trying to rationalize with a supposedly grown man who uses the word “nyeah.”

    There are several successful comediennes these days, such as Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, and Melissa McCarthy.

    A female “Ghostbusters'” could have worked if it had a good script.

    Meanwhile, no one is making you watch any Rifftrax or post here.

    It’s worth noting that Mary Jo has almost 19,000 followers on Twitter and Bridget has 3,300. Go, gals!

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  13. DMServo says:

    One thing multiple futuristic films saw coming was the multi-national aspect of space exploration. ‘First Spaceship on Venus’ and ’12 to the Moon’ are the most obvious, but a lot of other films foresaw the sharing of space travel. Even ‘Space Travelers’… ;-)

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  14. Majorjoe23 says:

    Ah, so another piece of the EricJ puzzle falls into place. “Everyone steers clear of female comics.”

    Can I find more details at r/TheRedPill?

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  15. monkeypretzel says:

    Majorjoe23:
    Ah, so another piece of the EricJ puzzle falls into place. “Everyone steers clear of female comics.”

    Can I find more details at r/TheRedPill?

    PSST! No one tell him that Gypsy is going to be voiced by an actual *gasp* “female comic” *choke* in the new season!

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  16. Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves says:

    monkeypretzel: PSST! No one tell him that Gypsy is going to be voiced by an actual *gasp* “female comic” *choke* in the new season!

    Awwww…. I’m sure EricJ is going to come at the new season with a completely open mind and embrace the positive!

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  17. Johnny Drama says:

    got this a few weeks ago for being a Kickstarter backer

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  18. Johnny Drama says:

    monkeypretzel: PSST! No one tell him that Gypsy is going to be voiced by an actual *gasp* “female comic” *choke* in the new season!

    You don’t know that. And if you do, you probably aren’t supposed to be sharing that info yet!

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  19. monkeypretzel says:

    Johnny Drama: You don’t know that. And if you do, you probably aren’t supposed to be sharing that info yet!

    Her signature is on the “Thank You” postcard that was mailed to Kickstarter backers a few weeks ago. I did some online detective work and found out who she was; I’ve got no insider information and I haven’t mentioned her name here or on any of the fan websites or boards. Anyone could find it out for themselves using the same public internet sources I did. I don’t have enough money to be able to sign any of those NDAs and frankly I’m getting a little tired of the cloak-and-dagger secret keeping. It’s now 2017, the premiere is (probably) coming in a few months (again, you can find a lot of things out if you keep your ear to the ground and put two and two together), and it’s time for Joel, Shout Factory, and Netflix to start some buzz outside of the fan community if they want new eyeballs to see the new season.

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  20. Ralph C says:

    I liked this riff. I think Bridget and Mary Jo make a great riffing team. I have purchased and watched a lot of their short-riffs. They work very well together and are very funny.

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  21. Ralph C says:

    Lavendare:
    I wanted to mention that “RiffTrax Christmas Circus with Whizzo the Clown!” is available at rifftrax.com.

    Enjoy.

    I watched this recently…with over half of my viewing time done in jaw-widening disbelief. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t believe I was actually watching it. Sometimes Whizzo’s performance reminded me of the way Howie Mandel acted in his stand-up routine. There’s a Whizzo Facebook page and this link gives some historical background on him. https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/frank-wiziarde/18325

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  22. EricJ says:

    Majorjoe23:
    Ah, so another piece of the EricJ puzzle falls into place. “Everyone steers clear of female comics.”
    Can I find more details at r/TheRedPill?

    Well, I was more quoting MJ’s comments in interviews, where she complained she couldn’t get hired for as many standup gigs, because the industry thinks that if you’re a female comic, you’re Tina Fey from the American Express commercials….Not a direct quote, just summarizing.

    If she wants to combat the unfair stereotype of socially chip-shouldered Patriarchy-soapboxing female comics, two dozen 50’s/70’s-strawman Betty Crocker-shaming shorts are most definitely NOT going to help the industry’s image any.

    Ralph C:
    I watched this recently…with over half of my viewing time done in jaw-widening disbelief. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t believe I was actually watching it. Sometimes Whizzo’s performance reminded me of the way Howie Mandel acted in his stand-up routine. There’s a Whizzo Facebook page and this link gives some historical background on him. https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/frank-wiziarde/18325

    For some Amazon Prime-diving reason I don’t know, I somehow watched the unriffed Whizzo before RT got their hands on it:
    Wouldn’t describe it so much as Howie Mandel, but rather, imagine, if you will, a night Rip Taylor went onstage, suddenly realized he’d left all his props in the last city, and tried to fill two hours with “I’ll just put this over here because…it’s one of those things that I…that’s what I always do when I…laugh, it’s funny!…’cause, see, the thing is…”
    That’s one minute of Whizzo, and we get at least TEN unbroken, camera-rooted minutes of it before the kids show up. (Plus an interstitial dog puppet, for which I assume we got the requisite number of Triumph jokes.)

    For all that Bill gets wrong, he is absolutely correct when he describes Whizzo intentionally trying to be local-TV funny “Like watching a middle-aged man have a nervous breakdown in a clown suit.”

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  23. Majorjoe23 says:

    In that case, try using quotes, or at least attributing it, instead of pretending an out of context joke somehow aligns with your thought process.

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  24. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    Did anyone catch the Eric (J) Cartman storyline on South Park this season?

    “Women are funny, get over it. Every time Amy Schumer talks about her vagina, I lose my f*#$&# mind.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sit9LIeY4TM

    Turns out it was all a ruse. I like it when people are up front about their opinions, even if I don’t agree. Ain’t no kind of world where people have to pretend to like something they don’t.

    That said, do not bring your evil here.

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