Netflix, Satellite of Love LLC


Mystery Science Theater Live

Aug. 4
7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Film, Performance Art, Theater

“The big thing was doing Cinematic Titanic live,” says Mystery Science Theater 3000 mastermind Joel Hodgson of the show’s new live stage version. “We did live shows over the course of six years, and that really helped the new MST3K so much in terms of being able to do it live.” Performing the movie-riffing show live presents a unique set of challenges. “The big thing is you have to be on your toes, because you’re editing while the audience is laughing,” he explains. “Sometimes they’ll laugh at a joke real hard that they might not have laughed at that hard the night before, and it could eclipse the setup for the next joke. So, you’re constantly rearranging your material.” It’s that material that made MST3K an American comedy institution back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. “I think what made it unique was we used very Midwestern references, even when the show went national,” Hodgson says. “We would talk about things we knew about and talk about regional things and personalities like Barry ZeVan. We’d often do impressions of him.” Repeat cable showings allowed audiences across the country to sink their teeth into the show and dissect many of those references. “MST3K is known for doing very eclectic Midwestern references at a time when that was not the fashion at all.” There will be two different performances, the first being the film Eegah at 7 p.m., while the 10 p.m. show will a feature a surprise movie complete with different wrap-around sketches.