Last Thursday, my wife and I attended the Rifftrax live Night of the Living Dead show. Rifftrax, for the uninitiated, is a comedy show that adds a funny commentary to a featured movie. The show stars Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy, all of whom starred in the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. The show was performed live in a theater in Nashville and simulcast to theaters around the country.
We were big fans of MST3k, so we went in with high expectations. The show did not disappoint. The riffs were great and the show was pretty much flawless, which is no easy task in a live event involving three performers going non-stop for upwards of two hours.
They’re doing another show on December 5th, where they’ll be riffing the holiday “classic” Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Pia Zadora’s first film!). I was going to suggest we go to that one, but the wife actually beat me to it. So I guess we’ll be leaving our first-born to babysit the dogs for a few hours that night. Perhaps she’ll do some housework in our absence. (The preceding sentence was typed with extreme sarcasm.)
If you’re inclined to go, I’d suggest you buy your tickets well ahead of time. Many of the venues sell out. I’m not sure if the theater we were in sold out, but it was packed. And plan to be there at least a half an hour early. Seating fills up quickly. Also, there’s a very funny “trivia” slide show that runs before the performance.
So, be there or be… someplace boring. What else are you gonna do on a Thursday night in December? And don’t say “Watch The Big bang Theory.” You can always DVR that mofo. Or VHS tape it if your still stuck in the 20th Century.