If you have any love whatsoever for MST3K, then you know about Rifftrax. Mike Nelson, the man who took over after Joel left, started his own version of MST3K – you download an extra audio track and play it while you play the movie. it’s like MST without the silhouettes at the bottom of the screen, especially when he gets the voice of Crow for the last few seasons and the voice of Tom Servo for most of the seasons to join him.
Apparently he’s been making boatloads of money doing it, because suddenly Joel is getting into the action again, too. He’s starting this thing called Cinematic Titanic, with Trace Beaulieu (the original Crow) and J. Elvis Weinstein (the original Servo). They’re going to have TV’s Frank helping them out, and even Mary Jo Pehl.
Interestingly enough, the press release about Cinema Titanic makes no mention whatsoever of Mike Nelson or Rifftrax, which makes me wonder how much bad blood there is between the two groups. This is especially interesting considering how Joel and Trace left the show early in order to pursue careers in Hollywood that really didn’t amount to much.
This will inevitably bring out the Joel vs. Mike debate again, in which I refuse to participate – I like both of them for different reasons. What matters most is that now, dear readers, we will have double the bad-movie-mocking!