Rifftrax Live – 2020

Rifftrax Live

Last week, the fine folks at Rifftrax announced their live show schedule for 2020. They’ll be riffing Hobgoblins on June11, and Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989) on October 21. There’s a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the shows. Click here if you’re interested in donating.

The guys riffed Hobgoblins (1988) back in their MST3K days. It’s a very riff-able movie. And I’m sure they’ll have all new material this year. Here’s the original trailer for the movie:

I haven’t seen Amityville 4. Apparently is was a made-for-TV movie that aired on NBC in May 1989. I was in the Army stationed in Germany at the time, so I guess that’s why I wasn’t familiar with it. Here’s the trailer:

I don’t get out much these days, but I’m gonna see both of these shows live.

rifftrax – 10th anniversary

As my regular readers know, I am a huge Rifftrax fan. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the movie-riffing comedy troupe. To celebrate, the fine folks at RT have put together a highlight reel. Here it is. Enjoy.

The next Rifftrax Live show is scheduled for August 18. The boys will be riffing the Japanese monster classic Mothra. I’m planning to attend, and this time I’ll be dragging my brother along for his first Rifftrax Live show. Should be epic.

Rifftrax Mothra

thanksgiving just got better


Good news for MST3K fans: Joel Hodgson, the show’s creator/original star, will be hosting an MST3K Turkey Day Marathon again. Twelve hours of classic riffs from Joel, Mike, and the bots. The MST3K-TDM starts at 9 AM EST, and will be streamed online by Shout! Factory, the company that produces the show’s DVD collection. I watched some of the marathon last year. It included some of my favorites, like Space Mutiny and The Final Sacrifice. There were also episodes I had never seen before, like the riff of Mitchell, starring Joe Don Baker. I’m sure this year’s selections will be every bit as good. Here’s a link to the MST3K Youtube channel, where they’ll be streaming the marathon.

no springs!

One thing I neglected to mention during my review of Rifftrax Live: Sharknado is that the guys started the show, as they often do, by riffing an old short. This one was an “educational” film called A Case of Spring Fever. As it turns out, this one had been riffed back in the MST3K days. I found it on Youtube the other day. The riffs they did last week were completely different than the MST3K treatment. Here’s the original.

total riff off

Hey, if you’ve been looking for something interesting to do this April Fool’s Day, you might want to head over to the National Geographic Channel for Total Riff Off. The crew from Rifftrax will be giving the treatment to three NatGeo shows. “What is Rifftrax?” you ask. Click this link for an answer.

It looks like the next Rifftrax Live event is scheduled for July 10th. Still no word on what movie they’ll be doing.

rifftrax live!


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.