Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Kickstarter campaign, which launched on Nov. 10, is now fully funded at $2 million, which means we can expect three new transmissions from the Satellite of Love starting November 2016. But instead of Joel Hodgson or Mike Nelson we’ll have a new host: Jonah Ray.
MST3K creator Hodgson has tapped Nerdist podcast co-host Ray to provide janitorial duties for the show.
Background for those who haven’t experienced the awesomeness that is MST3K: In the year 3000, a janitor in space and his robots are forced to watch terrible films. They provide snarky commentary to keep each other sane. It’s a hoot. It’s a hoot and a half. No, it’s two full hoots of hilarity.
Hodgson wrote on his MST3K Kickstarter page,
I probably met Jonah about three years ago, when I did the 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 asked Jonah to come help me write jokes for an awards show gig. He did, we started working on jokes together, and it just clicked: He was just incredibly funny and easy to write with – there was flow, really – and who can ask for anything more?
About a year after that, I asked him what he thought about [hosting the show]. He said “yes” right away, without a second of hesitancy, and we’ve been talking about it ever since.
Want to see more Jonah Ray? Check him out here.
Want to soak up all the hoots of MST3K? Some of the original commentators have their own series, Rifftrax. Mike Nelson (Mike), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (Crow) even perform live.
If Hodgson raises $5.5 million, he threatens to make 12 episodes.