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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Speakeasy with Joel Hodgson

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As a popular, sleepy-voiced prop comic in the 1980s, Joel Hodgson turned his back on success as a stand-up comedian. He found renewed fame as the creator and first host of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” In the cult hit TV series, Hodgson’s hapless human and a pair of wisecracking robots heckled some of the shlockiest movies ever made. Hodgson left “MST3K” in 1993 but has returned as a movie riffer with his new, DVD-based venture Cinematic Titanic, which he performs alongside fellow “MST3K” alumni Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, J. Elvis Weinstein and Mary Jo Pehl. Hodgson and company bring the Cinematic Titanic stage show to Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre May 15 and 16.

How did you decide to do a new movie-riffing project?

It was just because it’s so much fun to do. I was missing it. It’s the most fun I ever had in show business. We’ve also all known each other for 20 years, and we’ve always been friends, so it was easy once we decided to do it.

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