A Long-Delayed Post-#MakeMoreMST3K Update!

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Greetings, MSTies! I know it’s been very quiet around here, and I apologize for the silence. The funny thing about a successful Kickstarter campaign is that once it’s over, we all have to start making plans to deliver what we’ve promised — and when we’ve raised $6.5m and promised THIRTEEN NEW EPISODES and TWELVE NEW SHORTS, there’s a lot to plan!

I don’t have a much to report here just yet, although if you backed the Kickstarter campaign you’ll be in for regular email updates from the production process. Didn’t get the back the project in time? You can still hop on board with a late pledge for the next couple weeks or so.

That’s all for now, friends! But more is brewing, both in the near and not-too-distant future, and we are all excited to share it with you very soon.

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#MAKEMOREMST3K, ONE WEEK IN: We’ve Hit Our First Goal, But We Have a Ways Left to Go!

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Hello friends! Well. It’s been one week since we launched our brand spankin’ new Kickstarter to #MakeMoreMST3K and #BuildtheGizmoplex, and the biggest news is that together we busted through our first $2m goal in JUST ONE DAY! 

Well, okay, if you want to get particular, it was SLIGHTLY longer than a precise 24 hours, but regardless, it’s a pretty astounding feat considering it took us nearly a week to hit $2m last time around. So we should all be feeling pretty good about things so far.

HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean we can rest on our laurels — we have a LOT more information to share in the coming weeks, and so many questions yet to answer, and we still have a ways to go before we hit our ultimate goal of $5.5m for twelve new episodes plus twelve new shorts! As of this writing we’re about 48% of the way there, so we still need to work together to spread the #MakeMoreMST3K word. 

In the meantime, you can catch up on Joel’s updates if you missed them, and yes, since so many of you have asked, the full cast of Jonah and company from seasons 11 and 12 will be returning!

We’ve also added a helpful chart to help you visualize which reward level best meets your unique needs.

Still wondering how you can do more to help? Hey, by now you know the drill. Keep circulating the URL! And thanks, as always, for your enthusiasm and support.

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THE TIME HAS COME to #MakeMoreMST3K! Check Out Our New Kickstarter Campaign For the Next Chapter of MST3K

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Finally, some good news! If you’ve wondered why things seemed a little slow around here, it’s because we’ve all been laser focused on launching the new Kickstarter campaign — live today, right now! We have a bold new direction for the next evolution of everyone’s favorite show about a guy trapped in space, and we want YOU to help decide the future of MST3K.

It all starts with The Gizmoplex, but you don’t want to hear me explain it here — watch the video above to get the scoop from Jonah, Joel, and the bots, and then head over to our Kickstarter page to check out the swell new rewards we’re making AND get all the details on our ambitious plans to #MakeMoreMST3K! More info will be shared all month long, so we hope you’ll stick around to follow things as they proceed.

Thanks again, friends! So excited to hear what you think.

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WATCH: The Twitch Premiere of Episode 806: “THE UNDEAD,” Tonight at 6pm PT/9pm ET!

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What up, friends? I know it’s been a little quiet around here, and I assure you all that I have not been idle, nor have I forgotten your magnificent stories — I’m still working out how best to share and showcase them!

In the meantime, I have a bit of fun news: TONIGHT you can catch the premiere of season eight episode “THE UNDEAD” on the MST3K Twitch channel for the very first time! Festivities kick off at 6pm PT/9pm ET. If you’re not familiar with this one, it features a dubious hypnotist who somehow forces a woman to time travel into her past to discover her prior life as a witch, or maybe not a witch, and, well, it really goes off the rails and stops making any logical sense, but the presence of such luminary voices as the iconic Digger Smolkin make it all worthwhile. It also stars the lovely bombshell Allison Hayes, whom keen-eyed observers will recognize from a few other MST3K episodes, including Grace Thomas in “The Unearthly” and the deliciously mean Erica Page in “Gunslinger.” Anyway, we hope you’ll STAAAAAAY!! around and watch with us tonight.

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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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WE WANT YOUR STORIES: Tell Us About the First Time You Saw MST3K!

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For many of us, finding MST3K for the very first time is often a memorable experience — certainly it was for me, as in my case it happened in a pre-internet world where finding like-minded oddball friends was a much more challenging task than it is today (we had to walk ten miles uphill, in the snow, both ways, just to make friends who got our jokes in those days).

I have a few hazy memories of running across a TV show with inexplicable little silhouettes in the bottom right corner before I actually stopped to watch it. I was 12 or 13 and on a weekend visit to my mom’s house, after everyone else had gone to bed. The episode was Rocketship X-M, and I laughed so hard and so loudly that my mom got up to ask if I was okay.

One of the compelling things about MST3K is its relatively accessible entry point — who among us is not occasionally guilty of loudly mocking a bad movie in our own living room? The experience of watching MST3K quickly separates those who find this sort of behavior fun and those who find it annoying, and on that first viewing, something about the camaraderie of Joel and the bots and the obscurity of many of the jokes, at least to my limited young brain, didn’t feel out of reach. Lines like “by this time my lungs were aching for air!” managed to be funny to me in their delivery and their absurdity, even lacking the original pop-cultural context.

The tragedy of my new discovery, and I know this is one that some of you also shared back then, was that the cable company at my dad’s house, where I lived, inexplicably split Comedy Central with another channel, such that from 7am to 7pm it played old sports or somesuch, and from 7pm to 7am it played Comedy Central’s admittedly kinda redundant original programming.

For awhile, the MST3K schedule meant that I only got to see the back half of a bunch of episodes, because the channel swapped over in the midst of the show’s usual air time. Until Comedy Central got its own dedicated channel, this meant I spent a lot of time at my mom’s trying to tape as many episodes as I could. Video streaming is a real gift, kids!

I, for one, love hearing people’s stories about how they first discovered a series or other art that they fell in love with, so today I am asking YOU: do you remember the first time you saw MST3K? Was it in the long-ago, as my experience was, or was it more recent? Feel free to share your story in comments below, or if you’re more apt to be more verbose, email your tale to info@alternaversal.com (just in the body of the email, please, no need to send a separate file) and maybe we will run it in its own post here on MST3K.org for the cozy MST3K community (including all of us at Alternaversal Productions!) to enjoy.

Thanks, team! We look forward to hearing your memories!

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WATCH: Do You Want to Know MORE About the MST3K Live Cast? Check Out Our New Interviews Coming Soon on Twitch!

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Hey MSTie crew! I hope you all had restful holidays, and that 2021 is treating every single one of you with the tenderness you deserve! 

We’ve got something new and exciting for you today — we’re unveiling a series of cast interviews between Alternaversal’s own delightful Matt McGinnis and the MST3K Live cast of Emily Marsh (Emily), Yvonne Freese (Mega-Synthia/GPC), Nate Begle (Crow), and Conor McGiffin (Tom Servo). We’ll be running a series of these interview segments on our MST3K channel over on Twitch. Want to know more about our MST3K cast members? Consider this your engraved invitation to get to know them a little better.

We’re sharing this first look here with you today, and we hope you enjoy it. If you do, you can catch the rest of the interviews exclusively on Twitch very soon. And as always, let us know what you think in comments below.

Thanks team!

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POLL: Which Invention Would You Rather Get as a Gift?

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It’s another holiday-themed poll! Come on this journey with me, won’t you?

In the spirit of the season, your kindly Aunt Susan has brought you a gift. Despite Aunt Susan’s very mediocre record with gift-giving, you gamely open the tastefully wrapped package to reveal her selection for you. Keeping in mind that you don’t have the Mads’ Wish Squisher on hand to convert your gifts to something better (or worse), which invention would you rather receive?

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