To do in LA this weekend: MST3K's Joel Hodgson at Cinefamily (plus: new 4-DVD MST3K box set)

If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, don't miss this special event at Cinefamily: Joel Hodgson, creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Cinematic Titanic, giving "what basically amounts to our dream version of a TED talk," according to Cinefamily's Hadrian Belove.
" It's going to be an incredible evening of stories and surprises: Joel will wax poetic about his forays into the depths of B-movie insanity, his search for the ultimate ventriloquist dummy (and how that dummy became the inspiration for both “Tom Servo” and “Crow”), the origin story of MST3K and the crazy array of TV pilots he’s been involved in over the years," Hadrian says.

"Plus, he's capping it all off with a screening of the MST3K version of Santa Claus Conquers The Martians! It's going to be a very weird, very special night."

2 nights only: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8.

And whether or not you're able to go to the event, check out the new Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV, a four-DVD set just released on Dec. 4 2012, "featuring a quartet of previously unreleased experiments from the critically acclaimed cult comedy series' lengthy small-screen run."


  1. Joel’s doing the same talk and movie at the Colonial Theatre (famous for the theatre scene in “The Blob”) in Phoenixville, PA on Dec. 22nd.  He’s been giving talks at our lovely non-profit theater since he presented his riff camp students there earlier this year.

  2. There’s only 26 days left in the Kickstarter project for Cinefamily Digital Projection and Theater Restoration, and they could really use some help, if anyone can spare a few bucks.

    Personally, I think they should put ‘fixing the roof’ at the top of the list, before they put a fancy new projector under the current, leaky roof. But that just shows how much these folks love their movies!

  3. So why would you illustrate this with an episode of MST3k from the Mike years?

    My head is filled with dissonance.

    1. No disrespect to Mike, but Joel had a Steven Wright-type bewilderment that knocked it out of ballpark for me.

      1.  Agreed. And also a sleepy surrealist bent that went away as well. Like the time he reenacted Inherit the Wind with a cardboard cutout of Judge Wapner “playing Harry Morgan.”

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