The Next Host of MST3K. Plus: a 24-Hour CHALLENGE!
Good morning, MST3K Revival Leaguers.
How was your weekend?
I hope it was less hectic than mine. I'm doing my best to keep up with all of this, but my life is usually a bit more, I don’t know… serene? But we gotta "make hay while the sun shines,” so we'll plow on. (See what I did there?)
We've got 25 days left in our Kickstarter, and I've still got so many surprises planned. In fact, I think I might send another update later this afternoon, giving you that sneak peek at the new artwork I promised.
So maybe this is, like... your breakfast update?
- IMPORTANT: Just 24 HOURS LEFT to reach $2M during our first week!
- BONUS OFFER: Free episode downloads if we get there in time!
- REMINDER: on Kickstarter, you always PLEDGE NOW but PAY LATER!
- PLUS, BIG NEWS: Joel reveals his choice for MST3K's next host!
Can we reach the first $2MM before 11am tomorrow?
Our Kickstarter launched last Tuesday at 10:30am PST. That means that with just 24 hours left in our first week, we're 91% of the way to our first goal.
That's pretty amazing, huh?
But if we want to shoot a full 12 episodes – and prove that the world is ready for more MST3K – we need to send a message… and that message will be even louder if we can raise the first $2MM in under a week.
That's why, if you're on the fence, today is the day to jump down onto the "Yes, I Want More MST3K" side. We're depending on the support of fans like you.
Yeah, I know. I sound like PBS. But hey, maybe this will help:
1. If we reach $2M in the next 24 hours, we'll add in a free bonus reward – downloads of three classic episodes – for all pledges at $35 and up!
That's right, friends! If we can raise the first $2,000,000 by tomorrow at 10:30 AM ET, we'll UPGRADE THE REWARDS for all pledges at $35 and above to include a downloadable "Thank You" collection of three classic episodes. I'll hand-pick them, just for you!
Just think: that's an extra $30 VALUE for FREE: 270 classic minutes of MST3K… and that's if you only watch each episode once!
If you're at a lower level, TODAY is a great time to INCREASE YOUR PLEDGE TO $35 or higher.
Plus, when you do, you'll be helping us reach our first goal and unlock the bonus downloads! Everyone wins, huh?
2. On Kickstarter, you actually PLEDGE NOW but PAY LATER!
One thing a lot of people don't realize about Kickstarter is that you're not paying when you make your pledge… you're just pledging to pay later! So if you've been waiting until you can save a little more, but are already planning to pledge later in the month, please consider pledging today.
No matter when you pledge, your credit card won't be charged until the Kickstarter ends on December 11th… so there's no need to wait!
If you think you'll be able to swing it, and want to make (or increase) your pledge now, that would be great. (Just be careful. I have a feeling this is how this is how America's debt crisis began.)
Now, let's get to the worst-kept secret elephant in the room.
Don't worry, Joike. You get used to it after a while.
Like I said in the video, the same disclaimer still applies here: until we reach $2MM and know we'll be able to #BringBackMST3K, I can't make any formal offers to actors or writers – not the old team, and not the new team. But if everything works out, here's my plan:
I'm hoping Jonah Ray will suit up as "Jonah Heston," the next host of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
If you listen to the Nerdist podcast, maybe you already know about Jonah. He's one of the co-hosts, along with Chris Hardwick and Matt Mira.
I probably met Jonah about three years ago, when I did the podcast and we talked about MST3K. It was a fun gig, and two things were really clear: I liked all three of those guys very much, and they all seemed to really love MST3K. They knew all about it, which always makes interviews easier. We had a great time and I left with a really good impression of Jonah.
Later that night, I went out with my buddy Rob Schrab to see our friend Dan Harmon record his wonderful podcast, Harmontown, in the backroom at Meltdown Comics. Jonah came along, and I found out that I liked the guy in real life too. He was a good hang.
In a move that may have been the most instinctual thing I've ever done, I asked Jonah to come help me write jokes for an awards show gig. He did, we started working on jokes together, and it just clicked: He was just incredibly funny and easy to write with – there was flow, really – and who can ask for anything more? I guess I also just felt like his heart was in the right place, and I could see how much he loved and understood MST3K. I think that's when I started thinking about inviting him to be the next host on MST3K, if we ever got to come back.
About a year after that, I asked him what he thought about it. He said "yes" right away, without a second of hesitancy, and we've been talking about it ever since.
Since this is the internet, I guess some people will hear this news and rush to declare – for better and for worse – "what this means for the future of MST3K." (In fact, since a lot of people guessed that it was Jonah's voice in our first video, that's already happening!)
I can't really tell you what kind of host Jonah is going to be, but I hope you'll give him a chance to show you. And even if you're familiar with Jonah's career, remember: that doesn't mean he'll bring the same exact approach to MST3K. I think a lot of you may be surprised. Plus, like the previous members of our cast, I think Jonah has great instincts and a lot of range. He's funny, he's wicked smart, and like I said, his heart's in the right place. He loves MST3K, he seems to understand what makes it so special, and most important, I know he takes the role seriously.
At the end of the day, he's just another regular guy in a yellow jumpsuit – not so different from you and me. I'm excited to see what he can bring to the next hundred episodes of Mystery Science Theater, until it's time to hand the jumpsuit over to someone else.
Okay, now that that's done, I'm going to go work on the next update for you, where I'll give you a first look at what we're planning for the OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN POSTER and the COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD rewards.
And remember... if we reach $2MM by 10:30am ET tomorrow, all pledges at $35 and up will get a FREE BONUS REWARD: three classic episode downloads, yours to keep. If you've been waiting to increase your pledge, today's the day!
I'll be back this afternoon, but until then…
Keep Circulating The URL!
Cheers and Thanks,
Tom Servo, internet guru. While you're finishing your second pumpkin latte, help make sure we reach $2MM by tomorrow morning and unlock those BONUS EPISODE DOWNLOADS.
Just copy one of these messages to Twitter & Facebook:
- InterSTELLAR news! @JoelGHodgson has revealed that he'd like @JonahRay to be next host of @MST3K. #BringBackMST3K http://bit.ly/mst3k-update4
- If we reach $2M to #BringBackMST3K by 10:30am ET tomorrow, all backers @$35+ get 3 FREE BONUS EPISODES. Pledge now! http://bit.ly/mst3k-update4
- Want to help #BringBackMST3K but waiting to get paid? No need! Pledge NOW and you won't be charged until Dec 11th. http://bit.ly/mst3k-update4