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Joel Interview

Alex Biese at the Asbury Park Press (who likes to write about MST3K-related news) interviews Joel ahead of his appearance in suburban Philadelphia this weekend.

Not too much new here for anybody who has been following the “possible reboot” story, but some interesting details.

Joel in Suburban Phila. This Weekend

Upcoming appearances by Joel include:

September 27, RetroCon at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Joel signs autographs, and does a Q and A

October 18, Tide Water Comicon, Virginia Beach, Va. – Joel signs autographs, does a Q and A and performs “Riffing Myself.”

October 24-26, Chiller Theater Expo Parsippany, N.J. – Joel signs autographs, does a Q and A and performs “Riffing Myself.”

Two Items

Two things that might have escaped your notice:

1. Hold on to your hat for this one. Trace and Joel, along with Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor and former-co-host-of-“Mr. Show”-turned-major-TV-star Bob Odenkirk, provided voice talents for an overdub of something called “A Belly Full of Anger,” which has to be seen to be believed. This apparently was done some time ago, but I just stumbled onto a mention of it on Twitter yesterday, so I may be the last to know about this. Here’s a trailer, which definitely captures the flavor. The voice work is awesome. The movie … well, I think I’ll just say that I think it’s over my head. You can rent or buy the thing at Amazon Instant here.

2. And, coming Jan. 31, “The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Twelve Classic Episodes and the Movies They Lampoon” by Chris Morgan. For what it’s worth.

Podcast with Joel, Frank and Trace

Direct from DragonCon, our pal Ken Plume moderates a panel with Joel, Frank and Trace called “Reel Crime.”

Linda Griffiths, RIP

linda-griffiths-lg TORONTO–Actor and playwright Linda Griffiths died Sept. 21, at the Bridgeport Health Center here, after a battle with breast cancer. She said she was 57, but those close to her says she was actually 60. MSTies will remember her performance as Appollonia James in the movie in episode 822- OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK.

The Globe and Mail has an obit.

Thanks to Jon for the heads up. Acts Like We Don’t Know This Stuff

Kat Rosenfeld of asks “Where are they now?” but neglects TV’s Frank completely, (and Josh, and Jim, and Paul, and Bridget…) and apparently couldn’t find photos of Bill and Kevin. Sheesh.

Weekend Discussion Thread: Cringeworthy Moments in MSTed Movies

Alert reader James writes in to say:

This week’s thread about non-sensical lines got me thinking about things that made the movies MST did truly cringeworthy (as opposed to being arduous because they were boring). Even things that get riffed can penetrate and affect the viewer, causing there to be some basis for Dr. F’s experiment to work. The hurtful way that horrid kid in Hobgoblins pretends to be a rock star in the opening minutes does it to me.

I’ve still got to go with the peeper privates in “Attack of the the Eye Creatures.”

Keep those suggestions coming!

New Short from RiffTrax…

Does Batman win in the end? If only we had a clue…


See a sample or download it here.

Episode guide: K17- Time of the Apes

Movie: (1974 TV series; 1987 compilation movie) A trio of young people take refuge in cryogenic capsules during an earthquake, and awaken in a world populated by intelligent apes.

First shown: 4/2/89
Opening: The Mads try to reach Joel, but Crow and Servo give them the runaround
Host segment 1: The bots look for Joel and find his empty uniform in a pod bay. They guess he’s floating in space
Host segment 2: Crow and Servo ponder mutiny as Joel pounds on the door to get back in
Host segment 3: Cambot uses a tape of Joel to fool Crow, but Servo isn’t fooled
End: Joel floats outside the Satellite of Love, as Crow and Servo discuss their new Joel-less life together
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (72 votes, average: 3.90 out of 5)

• This is the only MST3K episode that does not feature a human character aboard the Satellite of Love. Joel had to go out of town, so the episode was shot without him; therefore, Servo and Crow watch the movie alone. (Note that Crow sits in Joel’s seat.)
• For me, this one gets dragged down by the film, which is just a big giant carbuncle of a movie. Though it’s much funnier, of course, I’m not a big fan of the season 3 version either.
• References.
• This is one of the first episodes that has a continuing plot line running through the host segments.
• As with the previous Sandy Frank movies, we get to see a bit more of the movie that was cut in the season 3 version.
• Springtime has definitely come to the Twin Cities. It’s a lovely 57 degrees as the show begins later dropping to 56 and to 54 by the end of the show.
• Callbacks: Servo recalls the episodes when Crow was frozen and served as the SOL’s Christmas tree. Crow is not amused. Also: “That flame is leftover from City On Fire.”
• Both Crow and Servo sneeze in the theater.
• This movie reminds of us of a goof they would make about a decade later. In the introduction to “Deep Ape,” Bobo lists his noble lineage, including Godo. Except, as we know from watching this episode, Godo wasn’t an ape. They could have said “Pepe,” (which is who I think they were thinking of) but I guess that sounds less ape-ey.
• The imdb says the main ape’s name is Gaba, but it is variously pronounced by the actors Gaybor or Gaybar. Either way…not good.
• The guy we see behind the doors in segment 3 is longtime Twin Cities weatherman Barry ZeVan, who is still with us and apparently still “zany.”
• That ending segment is the first time we’ve gotten a look outside the ship, other than in the opening.
• CreditWatch: Vince Rodriguez is back as director. Todd Ziegler is back on Audio.
• Fave riff: “More gorilla warfare.” Honorable mention: “A guy with a flea collar concession could clean up around here.”

Shout! in Deal with Vimeo

Says Variety

A collection of 80 episodes of cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” featuring a man and his robot sidekicks riffing on especially terrible B-movies and assorted shorts, is now available on Vimeo.
In addition, under Vimeo’s pact with Shout! Factory for “MST3K,” the online-video service has exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching over the next year.

The main page is here.