What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 20, 2020: Catch the 'Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour' at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center
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MIDWEST CITY - Catch "MST3K" ringmaster Joel Hodgson is on his farewell trek with “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour" 7:30 tonight at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center, 6000 S Trosper Place.
"We worked really to hard to realize the show for a theatrical experience, and that's really what you get. You really are getting to see us in action making a new 'Mystery Science Theater,' and I think people find that fascinating," Hodgson told me in a recent interview you can read here.
"And it's a show where the jokes are really fast and furious. We might do between 600 and 700 jokes a show, so there's a lot of material there."
As previously reported, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" – or “MST3K,” as it is affectionately known – is a Peabody Award-winning cult classic TV show that introduced audiences to the fine art of mocking cheesy B-movies.
Created by Hodgson, "MST3K" is set in the "not-too-distant" future on a space vessel called the Satellite of Love, where a hapless janitor, Joel Robinson (Hodgson), has been jettisoned by mad scientists and forced to watch atrocious B-movies and educational short films while they monitor his mind. To keep his sanity against the bad-movie barrage, Joel built a pair of wise-cracking robots, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot - played by puppets - to join him in mocking the films.
With Hodgson as host, the latest tour has his movie-riffing robot friends Crow and Tom Servo - along with Gypsy, the 'bot who pilots the ship - putting on a robot circus. The show is devised much like a classic "MST3K" episode, with sketches and comedy bits breaking up the B-movie mockery.
The featured film on the tour, 1986's “No Retreat, No Surrender,” follows a martial arts-loving teen who trains under the tutelage of Bruce Lee’s ghost. It features a fresh-faced Jean-Claude Van Damme as a brooding hit man named Ivan Kraschinsky the Russian and a Bruce Lee lookalike who, in classic B-movie fashion, actually looks nothing like Bruce Lee.
To read more of my interview with Hodgson, click here.
For tickets and information, go to www.OKCBroadway.com or call 594-8300.
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