Mystery Science Theater 3000 Announces Online Live Show Riffing on Season 1 Episode

Mystery Science Theater 3000 will return for a live online special this Sunday, May 3, according to the cult show’s creator and host Joel Hodgson.

Chatting with AV Club, Hodgson revealed that the streaming special Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Riff-Along will air Sunday, May 3rd, at 6pm ET on the following platforms: Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Pluto TV, Stirr, Xumo, Redbox, and Vizio. It will also include a new short titled Circus Day, while Facebook will provide behind-the-scenes looks at the special.

The cast lined up for the live online special will be the gang behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour. Joining Hodgson will be his fellow self-isolating co-stars Emily Marsh (Emily Crenshaw), Conor McGiffin (Tom Servo), Nate Begle (Crow T. Robot), and Yvonne Freese (as both Mega-Synthia and GPC).

Hodgson said the live special will riff on MST3K’s own first season episode lambasting the 1969 “moon western” Moon Zero Two. This time, the live show’s crew will poke fun at their 1990 counterparts’ jokes as they watch along.

“We tend to ignore the first season, because we got so much better the next season—we had a bunch of shows under our belts, so we just improved so much,” Hodgson told AV Club.

MST3K originally ran from 1988-1999, spawned a feature film in 1996, and was then was briefly revitalized as a Netflix show featuring a new cast. Hodgson launched The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour in 2019.

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