Q: What are the former cast members doing now?
Josh "J. Elvis" Weinstein left the show after the end of the first season on
national TV. In the first episode of the second season, Frank held up a milk carton with his picture on it and said, "He's missing."
Joel left the series in 1993, in the middle of the show's fifth season on national TV. His final episode as host was episode 512- Mitchell. In the episode, Gypsy, mistakenly believing The Mads planned to kill Joel, discovered that the SOL had an escape pod. Determined to save him, she threw him into and and sent it to Earth.
Q: Why did Joel leave?
Q: What is Joel doing now?
took place in episode 624-
Samson vs. The Vampire
of season six. His character was assumed
into "second banana" heaven, a "beautiful place where
lackeys, toadies and whipping boys are forever safe and free
from their oppressors."
TRACETrace left the series at the end of the seventh season on national TV. His last episode was 706- Laserblast. See the Comedy Central section for details on that episode. He moved to the L.A. area. Trace had a small part in a 1998 movie called With or Without You, appeared in five episodes of the NBC series Freaks and Geeks and made an extremely brief cameo in an episode of "The West Wing." He also hosted and was a writer for "People Traps," a pilot for the Animal Planet cable channel, but the pilot did not go series. Most recently he worked as a staff writer for the ABC series America's Funniest Home Videos, but he has now left the series.
Trace wrote the script for a one-time-only special comic book for Event Comics called Here Come the Big People. If you'd like signed copies (it was released with two different covers), send a check for $9.00 (made out to "Trace Beaulieu") to him at: P.O. Box 311, Marine On St. Croix, MN 55047. He'll ship you out the two books, signed within 2-3 weeks. Trace also filmed scenes for the Darkstar video game project.
For more information, read our interview with him,
In 2007, he joined Joel's movie riffing venture Cinematic Titanic.
MIKEMike Nelson has written three books: a novel called "Mike Nelson's Death Rat," and two collectons of essays, "Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters" and "Mike Nelson's Movie MegaCheese." He also did a lot of freelance writing, including an occasional column for TV Guide called "The Watch Dog." He his own website, michaeljnelson.com. He was also part of the Web site venture timmybighands.com along with Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
In 2005 Mike began working with a San Diego company called Legend Films. He provided commentary tracks for several of their DVDs and roped Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett into another one. The relationship eventually blossomed into his latest project: Rifftrax.com. He blogs regularly here.
In additon, he, Kevin and Bill produced four DVDs under the name The Film Crew. Originally produced for Rhino Home Video, they were later released by ShoutFactory.
KEVINIn 2002, Kevin Murphy's published "A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey" for Harper Collins. He has his own website, ayearatthemovies.com. He was also part of the Web site venture timmybighands.com along with Mike Nelson and Bill Corbett.
For a while he was the semi-official movie commentator for NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday." He had a recurring column entitled "The Bottom Shelf" running in Total Movie & Entertainment magazine, but it has been discontinued.
Kevin has done a number of Rifftrax commentaries with Mike and Bill. He blogs regularly here.
In additon, he, Mike and Bill produced four DVDs under the name The Film Crew.
MARY JOMary Jo Pehl did a great deal of traveling after MST3K ended. She finally settled in New York City, where she got a job as a magazine editor and did a lot of freelance writing. Her work has appeared in the Minnesota Women's Press, and Funny Times. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio and Public Radio International, and on KTCA-TV's Almanac. She also has been as a consultant for the PBS show "Mental Engineering."
She's done some work on several independent film projects, as well as appearing in the Darkstar video game project. Her book "I Lived With My Parents," was published by Plan Nine Publishing. Most recently, she appeared in "Master Pancake Theater," a comedy troup that performs live riffings of movies at the Alamo Drafthouse.
In October, 2007, Mary Jo married Ronald DeGroot. Vist her blog here.
In 2007, she joined Joel's movie riffing venture Cinematic Titanic.
PAULWhen MST3K closed down, Paul Chaplin became a prolific freelance writer. Paul dropped out of sight in 2004 to care for his wife Paula, who suffers from Hodgkin's disease.
In October 2007, Paul rejoined the relaunched Best Brains Inc.
BILLBill Corbett's solo comedy stage play, "Heckler," has been performed in several cities. Two of his other plays "Hate Mail" and "The Big Slam," have been performed by several theatre companies around the country. He was also part of the Web site venture timmybighands.com along with Kevin Murphy and Mike Nelson.
Bill did some teaching at the University of Minnesota and at Minneapolis Guthrie Theater and Kenyon College in Ohio.
He has done a number of Rifftrax commentaries with Mike and Kevin. He blogs regularly here.
In additon, he, Mike and Kevin produced four DVDs under the name The Film Crew.
He wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Eddie Murphy movie "Starship Dave."
JIMJim Mallon is now the sole owner of the rights to MST3K. When the show left the air in 1999, Jim and the few remaining staffers at Best Brains continued to sell MST3K merchandise. Jim began a new business and seemed to have dropped out of show business.
But in 2007, he launched a new Web site at MST3K.com which includes web animation, a new merchandise store and more.
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