In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of Riffing
Robert G. Weiner, Shelley E. Barba
McFarland, Mar 4, 2011 - Performing Arts - 277 pages
"The first full-length scholarly analysis of MST3K...a thoroughly engaging work."--Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance
"The first scholarly book that has been written about the...series...highly recommend[ed]”--Journal of American Literature
"The first scholarly book that has been written about the television series...highly recommends."--Journal of American Culture.
The award-winning television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-1999) has been described as "the smartest, funniest show in America," and forever changed the way we watch movies. The series featured a human host and a pair of robotic puppets who, while being subjected to some of the worst films ever made, provided ongoing hilarious and insightful commentary in a style popularly known as "riffing." These essays represent the first full-length scholarly analysis of Mystery Science Theater 3000--MST3K--which blossomed from humble beginnings as a Minnesota public-access television show into a cultural phenomenon on two major cable networks. The book includes interviews with series creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - markfinl - LibraryThing
This collection of essays regarding Mystery Science Theater 3000 manages to pull off something I would have thought impossible. It made MST3K seem boring. The articles written are far too academic for ... Read full review
informative and interesting!