Friday, December 14, 2007

MST3K Fans Unite!

For those of you who don't know what MST3K is, it was Mystery Science Theater 3000, one of the funniest shows to ever grace our nation's TV sets. The show was about a guy named Joel (later replaced by Mike) who was kidnapped by his evil employer/mad scientist, sent to an orbiting space station (The Satellite of Love) and forced to watch really bad movies. Joel creates two robot friends to watch the movies with him and you watch them watching the movie and making humourous comments. It was like watching bad movies with your three funniest friends, but they were even funnier than your funniest friends. Intelligent writing was the key and they had it in spades, which let to repeated viewings of each episode just trying to catch everything. To get a nice taste for it if you don't know what I'm talking about, here is ten minutes from one of my favorite episodes where they mock the Joe Don Baker movie, "Mitchell": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K_MArL2cF4.

I still miss waking up on Saturday morning and spending 10 AM to noon laughing my butt off. A great way to start a weekend. And not to mention the annual Turkey Day marathon, when they would do 24 hours of MST3K on Thanksgiving. Always a fun way to blow off your relatives.

Now the MST3K guys are back with Joel at their new site, Cinematic Titanic, where it looks like they'll be doing what they do best: making fun of movies. Sign up for the email list now. Mike (the guy who took over when Joel left) also has new projects (again, making fun of movies) with The Film Crew and RiffTrax (in which they make fun of blockbuster films). I can't wait to check some of these out.