There was a time, in the not-too-distant future-past, when Thanksgiving Day meant Mystery Science Theater. Joel and/or Mike and the bots would offer specially-shot host segments germane to the day of tryptophan, family squabbling, and your creepy uncle being way too eager to unbutton his pants. Oh, what glorious days were those, when you could plop in front of Comedy Central and enjoy people and robots making fun of bat movies while your mom resented your dad for wanting to watch with you instead of helping her. Those days aren’t completely over, though, friends; back by popular demand, and because last year was such a monster success. Shout! Factory will again be hosting an online MST3K Turkey Day marathon, and boy howdy we couldn’t be more excited.
This year’s crop of classic episodes was handpicked by series creator and first captive aboard the Satellite of Love, Joel Hodgson, who will also be providing brand new host segments introducing all six of episodes. We’re also told that these host segments will include special guest appearances as well, so we might be seeing other members of the gang, or maybe just comedy luminaries, on the day as well. The exact list of episodes hasn’t been finalized yet, but fans are encouraged to tweet Joel to make a case for your favorite.
The whole shebang (technical term) kicks off Thursday, November 27th, Thanksgiving Day you know, at 9:00am PT/12 Noon ET on the aptly addressed www.MST3KTurkeyDay.com. So, hook the internet up to your television if it isn’t already, forego football (because it’s always the Cowboys and Lions anyway) and watch 12 hours+ of riff-making goodness.
And to whet your whistle, here’s a bumper from last year’s live stream.