by Joel Hodgson
That's awesome Joel! I could kiss you!
Terrific choice on the next host of MST3K!
I was already maxed out on my pledge at $100, but now I'm doubly excited. Jonah will be an excellent host. I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I'd prefer not to cast Felicia Day. I know she's popular and she seems like a very sweet person. I've just never found her to be all that funny.
Just to clarify, we are SURE there will be 3 more MST3k episodes if this KS hits 2M? or just the 3 episode downloads of the previously broadcast shows?
@Michelle D - $2M creates 3 new episodes. If $2M is reached by 10:30AM EST everyone pledging $35 or more gets the 3 classic episodes.
Jonah seems cool. I'm down with this. Though to be honest I think yellow is not a good jumpsuit color... I know that's a silly quibble, but a dark blue/green/red would be a much better choice. He looks like a lemon drop.
Anyway, seems like the casting has already been decided, so I will also hope that Ashly Burch is our new Mad. She's amazing. :D
Jonah could be the perfect choice! He's pretty funny in that video... And can be great elsewhere, but I hope he losens up a bit. He's quite combatative and moany in that video, when MST3K has always felt like buddy show to me. They're his robot friends, right?
Also, yeah. Yellow is really not his colour. I hope you still have the receipt, or it just looks worse in that photo :)
Don't mean to nitpick too much, really looking forward to this and just upped my pledge!
I don't watch cable anymore, so I've never heard of Jonah, but I like his interaction with the bots. And his voice should be easy to adjust to--he sounds a lot like J. Elvis!
Jonah Heston...oh wow, why did I never see it before...ROBINSON, NELSON, HESTON...all names of people who were stranded in one form or another...nice.
Also, I'll bet Gypsy gives Jonah a sweater that says "Joikenah" for Christmas.
Ah, I feel bad for being overly critical. I think Jonah is an inspired choice.
Well, alright, I increased my pledge to 35$. I hope you're happy now.
Just $40K to go! Come on peoples, I smell 3 extra downloads in the wind. Oh, wait that smell might be something else...
KIM KIM KIM KIM KIM CATRALL!
I'm Josh Heston for Contell...
C'mon everybody! About $35k to go!
Little disappointed the MST3K is going whitewashed and with another guy. Truly with all the options MST3K you went with another white guy.
Not a woman? Not Asian. Not African American. Not Hispanic. Not Native American.
You had an opportunity to do an actual reboot .... I am not investing more. Disappointed.
I am hoping that the next surprise will prove me wrong that there isn't a white group of guys on a committee to produce a show that represents more of the same.
Could we please have the new guy shave? I'm too old to be into the hipster grunge look.
@ LorrianeLynn His birth name is Jonah Ray Rodrigues.
@HomeyJackMaestro He is a safe white guy from Hawaii.
Joel, once you are in a position to actually give Jonah the job, you should have him demonstrate his and the puppeteers' singing voices to us with a rendition of "Hired! - The Musical"...
Welcome aboard Jonah!
Hey, as long as he gets the flow of the show the rest will fall into place.
Looks like a good kid to me.
A download code from...what site?
Rifftrax has committed to seeing that the bulk of the money from purchases of MST episodes goes to the cast involved, including those who hadn't been getting residuals in the past, like Bill. Will whatever site is hosting these "free" episodes do the same if we decide to purchase more?
Also, I actually found myself chuckling at Jonah and the bots in this update. That's a good sign!
But please, make Jonah less of a whipping boy for the bots. That was Mike's role! He was the teased sibling and Joel was the beloved father. Jonah can be the surly drunken uncle. Or something.
Excellent news! Welcome to everyone's favorite cow town puppet show, Jonah! We are gald you're along for the ride! Its funny, just earlier today I was thinking about what color jumpsuit the new guy would wear (my mind is an odd and busy place...), and the first thought I had was yellow! And not an hour later, I read this update! And Johah "Heston"? Awesome, Joel... I see what you did there, and I hope I'm not the only hardcore MSTie that gets that reference and its significance. ;)
On the subject of the three episodes, I've heard it mentioned a few times around here, but I wanted to reiterate my own hopes for this to become a reality. The second I heard "3 episodes", I thought "well golly, it has to be the three lost KTMA episodes, the first three episodes ever made for the show we love, that should get released!". Now I know that you and the team behind these prototypical MST adventures are adament that they ought not be seen/circulated because of how primative they are compaored to what followed, but from the perspective of us fans, its like dangling the proverbial carrot. The fact that there are three whole episodes of our favorite show that we have literally NO WAY of seeing is an absolute bummer, and a real shame. I for one adore the KTMA episodes, and not only do I appreciate them for the fact that they allow me to see my favorite show grow, coalesce, and develop through tial, error, and natural growth, I honestly find them hysterical! They are all truly treasures, and, like it or not, fans have the ability to watch and share the majority of them, and there is little that can be done to stop that these days. For fans who believe in MST3K, and in you, allowing these three lost treasures to be seen and enjoyed by the backers who have made the return of the show possible would be an incredible gift to the fans, and more special to us than could ever be put into words. You may not think too highly of the work done in those episodes, and thats okay. But to us fans, they are pivotal and neccessary components in enjoying the FULL story of the show that we simply have no way to enjoy at this time. Its a big thing to do on your part, and you may not even have to ability to just magically make those episodes available, but... think about it, wont you? Thank you! ;)
"He's too white" "He's too male" "He's a hipster"
If he's offending these kinds of people, I like him already! Welcome to the future (Next Sunday, AD) Mr. Ray.
I gotta say this guy is a great pick. I've always loved his sarcastic wit on the Nerdist Podcast. Also being a fan I'm sure he'll be like JJ Abrams with Star Wars, and put tremendous pressure on himself to get it right. That being said, I have qualm about who's going to play Tom Servo. Even with new blood (which Im down with) I think the new actors/puppeteers takes on the bots should at least partially resemble the robots former personalities. This is a 'why use the name if they're going to be completely different personalities' kind of thing, just use new bots for the new guys if your going to go that direction. Anyway, I'm very happy with the host, but you better pick a great Tom Servo(Kevin Murphy please please come back!!!) and Crow if your going to use those names. You got this Jonah!!
Is that Rob Schrab as Crow? Because if not, he's totally the disposable assassin for the job, Lego sequel filming schedule allowing.
Watch out for snakes!
Joel, please keep close to the same formula. I identify as human.
Funded! And Kicktraq projects $5.4 million as the low total for the campaign. So what happens when we blow through the $5 million mark?
er $5.5 million mark, since I don't think this is going to stay on the low end of the projection curve.
Eeeeeep! I'm so excited! The beauty of this show, in my opinion, is that it is done with such love for comedy and the fans that every corny or ridiculous moment is positively endearing to us. It is a show that revels in nonsense. We love you, Joel, and we are happy to suspend our disbelief in order to spend a little more time on the Satellite of Love.
Jonah is a funny dude...I'm on board with this and if you like writing with him it's a slam dunk. People need to chill out and see how it actually fits together. Watching the Internet freak out on casting before seeing product is so silly.
Is it just me or do the three voices sound a bit too similar? I wasn't always aware who was talking when I rewatch the vids. So looking forward to today's update!
Wonder if there will be visibility into how Jonah gets captured and sent into space, other then in the opening music sequence. Would be cool if the first episode started with Jonah on Earth. Like, and Im just spitballing here, maybe he does a bad job cleaning up the place. (brilliant I know) PS No word on who's going to play Cambot ?
"So what happens when we blow through the $5 million mark?"
Three words: Solid - Gold - Servo
Wow. $2 million in the first week. Number of comments doubled here over-night. I don't know any of these new actors, but I'm excited as heck. I hope the campaign manages to get funded beyond the initial three episodes. Congrats MSTies.
So, joel... do you guys have an idea as to which three classic's we'll get or is this something we can discuss later?
Girl's Town. Girl's Town. Girl's Town.
Couldn't agree more!
@ Daniel DiManna I couldn't have said it better myself.
When I threw out the idea of the lost three KTMA episodes being the 3 episodes on offer, I hoped that others would say the same, but I think Danny here hits it perfectly.
We know the KTMA era isn't perfect, far from it, but it was that little scrappy, $250 budget per episode show which started it all and the KTMA era showed that even back then, MST3K had a fanbase. I bet if it wasn't for those people viewing the KTMA episodes when they broadcasted and joining the fan club that the show wouldn't have made it past the intitial 13 episode order.
The KTMA episodes have charm. Like Danny, I really like them, I occassionally pop in an episode or two to watch and there are some really great moments there. My personal favourite episode being #17 Time of the Apes because the whole idea of the bots having trapped Joel out of the SOL and watching the movie by themselves is great.
In this day and age of sharing, the KTMA episodes will never be forgotten. Fans have access to 17 of the episodes already, with some of them being in fairly bad quality, I'd love to see those episodes released in the best quality possible, but I would trade in having those 17 episodes in top quality for the 3 unreleased episodes in a heart beat because it's vintage MST3K fans have not seen in over 25 years.
I've been hoping for a MST3K revivial for a long time and I've been hoping to see those lost KTMA episodes for an equally long time. We've got MST3K coming back now because of all of us backers, so perhaps a special reward of seeing some rare vintage MST3K to all of us who made this possible please?
Interesting, not really anything I would have gathered from his podcast work, but at least tapping Ray makes some kind of sense now; apparently, he turns into a nice, interesting and funny person once Hardwick goes home for the day. I'm upgrading my outlook from Biblical Disaster to Mildly Perturbed.
I've been away from social media recently, but was so excited to come back and see that this is happening. I really like Jonah. I think he's super-funny, I love hearing him on the podcast, and I think he'll do a great job!
I want to add a little love for Jonah here. Jonah is a PERFECT choice as the new host of MST3K. He's fast, funny, charismatic, and names his comedy albums after riffs from MST3K for cryin' out loud! He's a super-fan in the best possible way and I can't wait to see what he brings to the show.
I'm so excited for new MST! I grew up watching it and have supported Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax in my adulthood. I'm in for $100 so far, but I really hope that the new MST cast aims higher/wider than the "white dude" fan base. The original MST was basically just a bunch of white dudes with an occasional lady Mad. I'm embarrassed at some of the easy misogynist humor that seeped in to the old episodes (and sometimes even Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax too). Since you cited SNL and Doctor Who as inspirations of shows that manage to evolve with new casts, I hope you also learn from the criticism they've received over a lack of diversity, and the creepy Doctor-companion dynamic that makes most female fans uncomfortable. Basically, I'd love to be proud of the new MST for being more inclusive, and doubling down on your diversity would more-than-double the number of fans who can enjoy and see themselves up there on the Satellite of Love. More fans = more $$$, and I know I'd happily double my donation if more double-X chromosomes find their way into the cast!
Please please please get as much of the original cast and writers. I love to support new talent, but this project is about reviving the past. Keep the up the good work Joel.
Maybe.. I'm uninformed on such matters, but I don't understand why in 2015 MST3K needs to depend on network support. Rifftrax has succeeded entirely via the internet, we have youtubers making millions of dollars from ad generated content, sponsors definitely have no problem backing internet based shows, Netflix has their own original series now 100% online. Cable TV is going to die. Why isn't Joel focusing on jumping onto cutting out the middle man of network television and getting onboard with where we're inevitably heading with home entertainment?
I fear that with the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and the Christmas Holidays it will become more challenging for those of modest means to contribute enough for 12 episodes before this kickstarter ends.
I also fear that after the Holidays and an extra paycheck plus whatever Christmas monies are doled out by parents, grandparents, and other relatives or back in Spring may have been a more opportune moment to start this month long kickstarter so that everyone would have more disposable income to give to a full Season.
Hey Joel, assuming you don't get a full Season of MST3K with one lone kickstarter campaign, have you considered augmenting it with a backstarter or even a patreon campaign too?
In spite of my fears about it reaching 5.5 million dollars so close to the Holidays, I wish you, yours and everyone else supporting this a Happy Holidays and great success on this kickstarter revival.
You see I really loved MST3K when I was a kid growing up and was happy to hear you were bringing a piece of my childhood back to me. Thank you so much, Joel! Have a great month!