Episode 811 – Joel Hodgson / Jonah Ray
May 15, 12:00 AM
Joel Hodgson took his Midwestern sensibility, his interest in theater of the absurd, his standup comedy experience, and his robot assembly skills, put them together and created the beloved comedy institution Mystery Science Theater 3000. Joel takes Marc through the process of making MST3K, from its start on a local UHF station to its revival on Netflix. The new MST3K stars Marc’s neighbor Jonah Ray, who also stops by to talk about being in one of his all-time favorite shows and doing the new season of his own show Hidden America.
I was never an MST3K superfan, but it was still cool hearing stories about the early days of Comedy Central, and how Joel was able to produce a cable show with a pretty wide reach without having to move to either LA or NYC. Lots of good stories, especially if you like robot puppets and hearing good things about Garry Shandling.