Review: ‘RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show’: Worth The Wait

It’s time for Rifftrax! Once again the trio of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett delivered a night of entertainment filled with cheesy clips which they mocked relentlessly. This time they weren’t alone and were joined by their former cast members from the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Attending the event was Joel Hodgson (The original creator), Jonah Ray (who will star in the new MST3K series, funded by Kickstarter), Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Bridget J. Nelson (Mr. B Natural), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Trace Beaulieu (Dr. Clayton Forrester). The cast took turns at the microphones and mocked different clips.

The Talking Car

First up was Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett ridiculing a safety video about how to look out for cars. The clip was from the late 60s and featured talking cars with cartoon faces. It was far from Pixar quality to say the least.

A Word To The Wives

Bridget J. Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl, took the stage and made light of a clip which was essential a commercial for Home Appliances. The film was made in 1955 and filled with the usually gender stereotype of the time such as men being unable to cook and women talking about little more than housework. It was easy for the pair to heckle how bland and boring the entire premise was.

More Dates For Kay

Next up was Conniff and Beaulieu who watched a clip about dating advice for young women, also made in the 1950s. Obviously the way to be popular was to be as outgoing as possible despite how it makes you look. In the words of Conniff “She’s writing her own riffs.”

Shake Hands With Danger

Stepping back up to the microphones, Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett teased at a favorite safety movie from their library. It was filled with its own catchphrase and theme song. You can listen to it below.

Barbers And Beauticians

Pairing the original host of MST3K with the new generation, Hodgson and Ray took to the podiums. If you thought the previous two films from the 1950s were dated, this one shows a guy smoking with his kid glued to his hip. Obviously they had a lot to go on.

Rifftrax 10th Anniversary Highlights

The evening not only served as a reunion for the MST3K cast but also helped to honor the 10 year anniversary of Rifftrax. The team presented a clip featuring some of their best material including some of their movie riffs like Twilight, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, and Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon and scenes from their live shows like Birdemic and Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. The selection was perfect and should be shown to anyone who wants to showcase to their friends the joys of riffing on movies.

Stamp Day For Superman

In a “Riffapalooza” the entire team went up and made from of a lost George Reeve’s Superman short. Superman must face the greatest challenge of his life: Showcasing the joys of collecting stamps to children.


The final clip of the night was another educational video looking at how much fun can be had with grass. The premise alone should have you smiling and the team was relentless on mocking this inane subject.

The event was a great night of comedy filled with laughs and memories of the show which started it all, Mystery Science Theater 3000. There will be an encore screening of the event on July 12th and you owe it to yourself to check it out. You will not be disappointed.

Rifftrax Presents: MST3K Reunion was presented by Fathom Events.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.