NORFOLK — The cult classic show “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” which makes fun of B-movies while its characters travel through space, is taking its show on the road this fall. The best part is, it’s coming here.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, MST3K is setting off on a 29-city tour in October, performing 42 shows across the country, according to the MST3K website.
The tour will stop in Norfolk on Oct. 16 to perform a live viewing of “The Brain,” a 1988 film about a man who brainwashes people through television with help from aliens.
According to their website bio, the premise of MST3K goes like this: When Joel Robinson is shot into space and forced to watch bad movies, a mad scientist named Dr. Clayton Forrester, monitors his mind. Joel builds a cast of lovable robot sidekicks to help keep his sanity, including Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy and Cambot.
It’s only through their wisecracks, quips and friendships that they make it through a barrage of increasingly terrible cinema — and the audience goes along for the ride as well.
The tours will be featured in theaters with movies playing, while the original cast narrates the films with witty commentary. Norfolk’s Oct. 16 show will be in the Harrison Opera House, and tickets can be purchased here.
Originally airing in 1988, the show was pulled from Comedy Central’s lineup in 1999, according to the MST3K website.
In 2015, MST3K embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to bring the show back.
That campaign raised nearly $5.8 million, the largest Kickstarter campaign ever. The money funded 14 new episodes of the show, and spurned its return to Netflix in 2017, according to their website.