It's not too distant in the past that Joel Hodgson, original host and creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000, raised about $6 million to bring the series back with a whole new cast including Jonah Ray, Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt. And that was very exciting!
But there was something missing ... well, several somethings: The other members of the original cast! Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Coniff, Kevin Murphy, Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Nelson were, sadly, not to be involved in the return of the series that made them famous.
However! That doesn't mean they can't all get together and do a little something, something all their very own. And so they are! Both the crew of Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic will be returning under the Rifftrax banner for a very special Mystery Science Theater reunion event as part of a fundraising effort for Rifftrax.
And that's not all! There will be more live Fathom events than ever this year, including a new riff on the MST3K classic Time Chasers!
So, why does this all sound like a sales pitch? Well, because it kind of is. Since getting the licenses to riff movies isn't as cheap as it used to be, Mike, Bill and Kev need a little help from you. They're looking to raise a pretty tiny sum, compared with Joel's Kickstarter take -- just a paltry $225k. And a cursory glance at their Kickstarter shows that they're nearly halfway home already!
Let's talk about that reunion, though, hey? What's that gonna taste like? Bacon bits? Is it bacon bits? That's what I thought, too, but no. Fear not, though, fellow MSTie, the totally not be-bacon-bit-ed offering is pretty darn swell all the same. Deets from the kickstarter:
"The MST3K Reunion Show will be a night to remember: A cavalcade of goofy educational short films like the ones often riffed on the show, and that we continue to riff over at RiffTrax. Our old colleagues from MST3K will each join us on stage to joke around and riff a short or two. We may not have the puppets or costumes, but we will have a blast.
There'll be a ton of funny stuff which we're still figuring out, but we know for sure you'll get a night of amazing and hilarious shorts riffed of course by our own - Mike, Kevin and Bill. Bridget and Mary Jo, who have been a big hit on RiffTrax, will team up; and Frank and Trace will dazzle you with their awesome comedic talents. We're still working to get other principal cast members of MST3K, old and new, to join us. As you know, they've got a lot on their plate these days, but keep an eye out for updates -- you never know who'll show up!
Then, prepare yourselves for the grand finale: a SUPER RIFF-A-PALOOZA with all the guests at once!
The whole thing will be filmed live in front of a big crowd at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, and simulcast to 700+ theaters all across the U.S. (and, if possible, Canada!). Then MST3K fans all across North America will meet up in theaters to enjoy the show!
We'll also sponsor a cosplay contest, with winners to be announced live during the show that very night!"
Not too shabby. Yes, just a well-groomed facial hair of a night. So if the spirit moves, you might consider giving money. After all, new MST3K host Jonah Ray already has.
And when you're done with that, tell us what's on your wish list for the reunion!