NOTE: This is not an April Fool’s joke.
Big news on the geek horizon today, as Rifftrax, the movie-riffing team composed of former Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members/writers Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, hit its latest Kickstarter goal to riff a former classic MST3k episode, Time Chasers. Bigger news than that single show, however, is the bonus that comes along with the Rifftrax event—a full MST3k cast reunion, which is happening on June 28, livecast to theaters around the country. The Kickstarter cruised pretty easily past its $225,000 goal, currently sitting at $288,000 with a full week left to pad its total. It’s not quite the record-breaking $6.3 million that the new MST3k reboot brought in at the end of 2015, but it’s no small chunk of change, either.
A full MST3k cast reunion has long been an ephemeral, hard-to-broach topic and goal. It’s the kind of cult show where fans have endlessly speculated in the years since its cancellation about hurt feelings, invisible feuds and etc, etc, etc. As original hosts Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson each formed their own post-MST3k riffing projects, a certain combativeness was always implied, even if it didn’t exist. But now, finally, the whole group will be brought back together for what will surely be an emotional reunion. Those members will include:
Joel Hodgson (Joel Robinson)
Michael J. Nelson (Mike Nelson)
Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo),
Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot),
Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank),
Trace Beaulieu (Dr. Clayton Forrester, Crow T. Robot),
Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester)
Bridget Nelson (Nuveena, Mr. B Natural)
Jonah Ray (Jonah Heston, new character on the MST3k reboot)
Quite the all-star lineup. According to the Rifftrax Kickstarter, the live-streamed show will primarily focus on riffing short films, in the style that MST3k loved to eviscerate, ‘ala “Hired!” or “A Date With Your Family.”
Tickets will go on sale April 15 through Fathom, in the same style as any of the previous Rifftrax Live events. And check out our November interview with Joel Hodgson for more information on the upcoming MST3k reboot series that we’re intensely anticipating.