MORE STORIES: Have You Ever Made Best Friends — Or Fallen in Love — Helped Along By a Shared Devotion to MST3K?

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Our first call for your stories about how you originally found MST3K generated a Big McLargeHuge response, a veritable deluge of your amazing, funny, heartfelt, and wonderful personal stories. You left hundreds of comments, and truth be told, far more of you emailed me directly (lesley@alternaversal.com) with your stories than I expected! I am having the time of my life reading them all, and I look forward to publishing some of them here on MST3K.org (with your permission — I’ll start emailing you individually in the coming days/weeks to discuss, so stand by!) as well as sharing them with the rest of the team.

I know many of you have stories of making friends or even finding romantic partners over the occasional episode of MST3K. I’ll admit to a period of time in my 20s when simply knowing a person was into this show was enough for me to consider dating them (in more recent years, dating nerdy types — my people — who eventually find out I work on MST3K has led to some… interesting interactions). That said, romance isn’t everything, and I’d argue that enduring close friendships full of inside jokes and shared knowledge are just as valuable as any romantic partnerships might be.

So this week, in honor of Valentine’s Day, and with a renewed appreciation for the simple joy of spending in-person time with the people we care about most, we’re inviting you to tell us your stories of interpersonal connections sparked or reinforced by shared interest in MST3K. Did you connect over a riff? Did you discover MST3K together? Tell us about it! (And wear your yellow dress, the one with the ruffles on it, so we know it’s real.)

You can share in the comments below, or email me at lesley@alternaversal.com if you’d rather get lengthy about it. Also, if you emailed me previously at info@alternaversal.com, don’t fret, I’ve got you.

Thanks again for being so generous with your stories, y’all. I hope reading and sharing them together is a bit of sunshine in your day — it certainly is in mine.

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JOIN US For a Very Special Twitch Community Night This Monday, February 8th, at 8PM ET/5PM PT!

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Pandemic got you down? Is the pain of social distance overwhelming you? Over on the MST3K channel on Twitch we have a balm for your sad soul — this Monday, February 8th, join us and a bunch of other MSTies who might eventually become your friends for a special Twitch community night! We’ll be watching Space Mutiny and premiering some NEW interviews with the MST3K Live cast, featuring questions posed by you, the viewers! (You can get a little taste of what we’re talking about here.)

Things kick off at 8pm ET/5pm PT, and the event will repeat afterward to make sure our west coast pals can see the whole thing. No doomscrolling, no existential despair, just the sweet dulcet tones of Bolt Vanderhuge screaming. See you then!

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