Joel Hodgson, original host and creator of the cult-favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 and mastermind behind its recent Kickstarter revival, is taking his new version of the show on the road. Joining Hodgson for the string of live riffing performances is the new cast of the Netflix revival. For local fans in Detroit, there's more exciting news: The Watch Out for Snakes Tour will hit the Royal Oak Music Theatre on July 14.
The live tour will take place over the summer and hit 29 cities, beginning on July 6 in Boston, MA and ending on August 12 in Atlanta, GA. Royal Oak, a small suburb just on the outskirts of the Motor City, has seen plenty of cult comedy acts visiting lately. From the oddball duo of Tim & Eric on July 23 to The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening with Cary Elwes on June 3, Royal Oak is certainly putting out an eclectic vibe that suits the Motown environ well. The upcoming MST3k show will be in town not just for one show, but two, including a 7:00 p.m. riffing performance of "Eegah!" and a 10:00 p.m. secret performance of a surprise sci-fi film.
The new MST3K arrived on Netflix in mid-April after nearly two years of production and the most successful Kickstarter campaign for film and television in history. The new cast is headed by Jonah Ray in the role once held by Hodgson himself (and later filled by original MST3K head writer Mike Nelson after Hodgson left the show). Also joining Ray will be the new voices of the show's "bot" sidekicks, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot: Baron Vaughn and Hampton Yount. The "mads," the show's villains played by Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day, will join the live shows in prerecorded videos.
Since it's launch last month, the new MST3K has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. And while Netflix has yet to commit to a second season, Hodgson said that the focus of the new live tour is to continue developing ideas in real time in front of a crowd of people. The shows also help his new cast to continue to hone their performing talents.
While Motor City fans eagerly await to see if their favorite revamped show will return for more seasons, they can see the next best thing live and in-person right near their homes in Detroit. And if all the popularity around the MST3K is any indication, odds are we'll be seeing much more Mystery Science Theater 3000 in years to come—hopefully in Detroit—and that can't be a bad thing.