Monday, January 27, 2020

San Antonio Has Two Chances to Get Riffing with Mystery Science Theater 3000's Stars This Week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 2:15 PM

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  • Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
If Netflix's cancellation of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot last fall still has you feeling a bit "mysty," then we've got good news for you — not one, but two MST3K live shows are coming to San Antonio soon.

We don't have to wait very long for the riffing to begin. On Thursday and Friday, "TV's Frank" Conniff and Trace Beaulieu — known to many as the one and only green-labcoated Dr. Clayton Forrester — are headed to the Alamo Drafthouse for two nights of their touring show The Mads From MST3K.

Although Conniff and Beaulieu exited the series in the mid-'90s, don't worry about them being rusty. They've been riffing consistently both with and without their MST3K pals ever since, including appearances with Joel Hodgson on Cinematic Titanic and Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett on RiffTrax. In 2015, Beaulieu officially repartnered with Conniff — presumably after the latter's daring escape from Second Banana Heaven — and the two have been touring as the Mads ever since. They even have their own, movie-themed podcast: Movie Sign With The Mads.

click to enlarge Beaulieu (left) and Conniff - COURTESY OF ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE
  • Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
  • Beaulieu (left) and Conniff
While the films on deck for their Drafthouse shows haven't been announced, the Mads have promised a different, delightfully bad B-movie on each night, so super-fans will be amply rewarded for going to both showings. As of press time, tickets are running low, so Mads addicts better grab tickets before Deep 13 reaches full capacity ($30, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31, Alamo Drafthouse Park North, 618 NW Loop 410, drafthouse.com/san-antonio).



Anyone that misses out on the Mads or has a different MST3K host preference need only wait a few weeks for the next riffing experience, because O.G. MST3K creator and host Joel Hodgson is bringing his final live tour to the Tobin Center on Monday, February 24.

For his swan song, The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour will feature Hodgson alongside his beloved bots Tom Servo, Gypsy, Cambot and Crow T. Robot, brought to life by talented puppeteers (although, alas, not by either the original or rebooted series' cast members). The film on deck for the mysty treatment in the Alamo City is director Corey Yeun's ill-fated American debut No Retreat, No Surrender, a 1986 Karate Kid knockoff starring Kurt McKinney and Jean-Claude van Damme in his feature film debut ($31.60-$324.50, 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 24, H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, tobincenter.org).

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