Mystery Science Theater 3000 Meets Funding Goal in One Week, Announces New Host

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In case you hadn’t heard, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is officially returning! You probably hadn’t, because as of yesterday, that was still up in the air, but the Kickstarter campaign to revive the seminal movie riffing riffing property has now passed its funding goal with time to spare. It’s really happening!

Of course, all that extra time just hopefully means more episodes. The revival currently sits at just over $2 million, which will fund three episodes based on the campaign’s handy chart:

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A little bit more and we can double that episode count, but a full season is still a ways off—though with the first two million arriving in just one week, anything’s possible. So now that the project is funded, who will strap into the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends? None other than the Nerdist Podcast’s Jonah Ray, whose voice could be heard in the Kickstarter announcement video.

Series creator and former host Joel Hodgson wrote in a Kickstarter update,

I probably met Jonah about three years ago, when I did the [Nerdist] podcast and we talked aboutMST3K. 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.

In a move that may have been the most instinctual thing I’ve ever done, 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. […]

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.

Since this is the internet, I guess some people will hear this news and rush to declare – for better and for worse – “what this means for the future of MST3K.”[…]

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. […]

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.

So have at it, Internet. What DO you think of the future of MST3K?

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