Big Hands, Warped Minds

The creators of the erstwhile Mystery Science Theater 3000 find a new home on the Web

"One of the first people who queried us about an ad was this guy who has an exterminating business in Louisiana," Murphy recounts. "He was very sincere--"

"That's our fan base," Chaplin interjects.

They got calls from a Chevy dealer in Ohio, a hockey team in Oakland, and a kid looking to run a banner ad for his school play, Hold the Pickles, Corbett reports. "I felt so bad. He was such a sweet kid," he says. "I mentioned that those ads cost money and the kid said, 'I'm willing to spend up to $60 if you can take that in installments.' I had to tell him we couldn't do that.

You've got to hand it to them: Internet interlopers (from left) Kevin Murphy, Paul Chaplin, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Patrick Brantseg
Craig Lassig
You've got to hand it to them: Internet interlopers (from left) Kevin Murphy, Paul Chaplin, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Patrick Brantseg

"He'll probably own our asses in five years."

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