First broadcast on Twin Cities independent television in 1988, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has experienced a remarkable evolution over the past 30 years. The show quickly became a cult favorite, running a decade on cable and spawning a feature film before shutting down. In the years since, appreciation for the show’s inspired concept of layering comical commentary over abysmal B-movies (aka riffing) has only grown, leading to a Netflix revival in 2017. In anticipation of the show’s upcoming 12th season, MST3K has charted a 30th anniversary tour concluding with two homecoming shows at the State Theatre. For fans, the biggest draw will likely be witnessing MST3K’s creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, back in his signature red jumpsuit, reprising his role for the first time in decades. In keeping with tradition, Joel will maintain his sanity in the face of cinematic inanity with the help of his robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow, as well as current MST3K host Jonah Ray. With two unique performances scheduled, attendees can choose between The Brain (1988) a ridiculously inept sci-fi alien thriller, and Deathstalker II (1987), an aspiring fantasy epic.