MST3K Live is BACK! New 2021-2022 Tour Dates Announced; Tickets On Sale Friday

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Get excited, MST3K Live fans: Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns to the road this fall with THE TIME BUBBLE TOUR!

It’s been a long pandemic, but we’re hitting the road once again. Join newest host Emily Connor (Emily Marsh) plus Tom Servo (Conor McGiffin), Crow (Nate Begle), and GPC / Mega-Synthia (Yvonne Freese) for a live riff of the troubling 1980s fantasy epic MAKING CONTACT. The first wave of tour dates is up today over on MST3KLive.com. Tickets go on sale this Friday 7/9 at 12pm ET.

A second wave of tour dates will be announced later this month, so if you don’t see a nearby show listed, don’t fret, the tour may still get to you.

Check out the trailer below, and we hope to see you there!

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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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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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WATCH: All the Turkey Day Memories Segments, Collected in One Video!

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Hey MSTie pals! As promised, we’ve collected all the MST3K Turkey Day Memories segments in one video for your holiday pleasure, and/or to expedite your pre-Christmas procrastination this week!

We want to thank you all again for your generous participation and support in this year’s marathon, as well as the whole ding dang year long, and we are incredibly excited to continue to share new stuff with you in 2021.

Enjoy!

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POLL: Who Would You Rather Host For the Holidays, Mitchell or Rowsdower?

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Hey MSTie pals, I hope your seasonal season has thus far been very seasony! While work around here proceeds behind the scenes (including the next phase of this website, which I am SUPER excited about, although we’re going to have to be patient for a bit) I’m trying something a little new here; a thought experiment, if you will.

Imagine it: it’s the holidays, on a snowy evening, and travel is treacherous. You hear a knock at your door — who could that be? You’re not expecting anyone. You open the door a crack and in the cold darkness you just make out a heaving meaty lump of a human. He tells you his car has broken down, could he possibly seek shelter for the night in your warm domicile?

You open the door further and light spills onto your front steps. Who would you rather see at the door?

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