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A twist on ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’

Mike Nelson, founder of RiffTrax, adds his voice to a film during a recording session at the Lethal Sounds studio. HOWARD LIPIN • U-T

Who doesn’t remember the three silhouettes superimposed on the bottom corner of a movie back in the 1990s? Mystery Science Theater 3000, which actually  debuted in 1988, left its imprint on earthlings as being the king of riffing comedy by skewering cinematic stinkers.

While the show ended in 1999, MST3k lives on through reruns, the MSTie’s (its fans) and RiffTrax, a movie-riffing project headed by Michael J. Nelson, who played the second guy trapped in space with robots. RiffTrax happens to be in San Diego and I got the opportunity to interview Nelson to find out about his latest project, a Kickstarter project to raise enough money to buy the rights to skewer the tween/teen-favorite “Twilight” live at a local movie theater. RiffTrax made its goal, and then some.

But more than the Twilight project, RiffTrax enables fans and enthusiasts to riff on their own. There’s a sizable community that develops commentary and uploads MP3 files for all to hear. Plus, they can make a little money of it. Some people are even doing this (almost) full-time. Anyway, take a read of my latest story for the UT San Diego:

>> A twist on ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ (published March 28, 2013 in the UTSD)

(I’m backdating this post, for those wondering “Didn’t I hear about this last month?” Enjoy!)

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