Whoo Hoo! 3 episodes of the Mystery Science Theater revival are a go!
The Kickstarter campaign, started by MST3K creator Joel Hodgson, reached it’s initial goal of 2 million dollars earlier this morning, guaranteeing the first 3 episodes will be made. With 25 fundraising days to go, the hope is to raise $5.5 million dollars to make a complete season of 12 episodes.
In even more exciting news, the new host (I know, bummer that Joel won’t be hosting) will be……
Comedian Jonah Ray from The Nerdist has been tapped to host the relaunch of MST3K and I think he’s actually a great choice. He’s a huge fan and a funny guy. Joel had this to say on the Kickstarter page:
I probably met Jonah about three years ago, when I did the [Nerdist] podcast and we talked about MST3K. It was a fun gig, and two things were really clear: I liked all three of those guys very much, and they all seemed to really love MST3K. They knew all about it, which always makes interviews easier. We had a great time and I left with a really good impression of Jonah …
I guess I also just felt like [Ray‘s] heart was in the right place, and I could see how much he loved and understood MST3K. I think that’s when I started thinking about inviting him to be the next host on MST3K, if we ever got to come back. About a year after that, I asked him what he thought about it. He said “yes” right away, without a second of hesitancy, and we’ve been talking about it ever since …
I can’t really tell you what kind of host Jonah is going to be, but I hope you’ll give him a chance to show you. And even if you’re familiar with Jonah’s career, remember: that doesn’t mean he’ll bring the same exact approach to MST3K. I think a lot of you may be surprised. Plus, like the previous members of our cast, I think Jonah has great instincts and a lot of range. He’s funny, he’s wicked smart, and like I said, his heart’s in the right place. He loves MST3K, he seems to understand what makes it so special, and most important, I know he takes the role seriously.
At the end of the day, he’s just another regular guy in a yellow jumpsuit – not so different from you and me. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the next hundred episodes of Mystery Science Theater, until it’s time to hand the jumpsuit over to someone else.
Okay, now that that’s done, I’m going to go work on the next update for you, where I’ll give you a first look at what we’re planning for the OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN POSTER and the COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD rewards.
Cheers and Thanks,
The campaign ends December 12th and that’s plenty of time to reach the full amount. Come on, if y’all can give Zach Braff $3 million surely you can give your money to something good this time!