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Patton Oswalt Recruited For New MST3K Cast (cnet.com) 50

An anonymous reader writes: Joel Hodgson has announced that actor and comedian Patton Oswalt will join the MST3K cast as "TV's Son of TV's Frank". "I first became aware of Patton around fourteen years ago, when he was doing commentary for the MTV Awards — live in the room during the event!" Hodgson wrote on the Kickstarter page. "I realized right away he was a kindred spirit, and damn funny too," Hodgson added. "Since then, obviously, he's bloomed into this amazing comedy/Internet dynamo. I've seen a lot of stand-ups over the years, but Patton really is one of the best ever. And just as important, he's a very fun, articulate and witty soul — just the kind of person who we've always tried to bring onboard for MST3K." Comedian Jonah Ray and actor Felicia Day are also on board for the potentially record breaking relaunch.
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Patton Oswalt Recruited For New MST3K Cast

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  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Tuesday December 01, 2015 @08:38AM (#51032759) Homepage

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    • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

      Mine just show "MST3K Kickstarter Poised To Break Kickstarter Record" and "Submission: Patton Oswalt recruited for new MST3K cast".
      Slashdot must be using one of those algorithms that predicts what individual visitors would be most interrested in.

      • "Did Amy Schumer's breast pop out in this scene? Click here to see!"

        Yup, you may be right.

      • Mine is exactly as yours is. On my other, muuuuch older account (forgot password, created new acct to post a few days ago - I don't like to post AC) the "related stories" list is usually both longer and less relevant.
  • by waspleg ( 316038 ) on Tuesday December 01, 2015 @08:41AM (#51032765) Journal

    You can't recapture the lightning in a bottle dumb luck of a low budget local TV show slowly gaining traction with a record breaking kickstarter and already well known comedians...

    I have to say I'm highly wary of this and am adopting the same attitude as the J.J. Abrams Star Wars - wait and see.

    • The weird part is Patton Oswalt taking on "slumming" sort of projects, presumably by choice. Apparently, he also appears in Red Letter Media's "Space Cop".

      • Yes, it's slumming it a bit for Oswald. But it's really playing to his strengths and he knows it. Even if the show is a dismal failure, people will still remember him as being the one good thing about it. The only way he can lose is if they're stupid enough to force shitty dialogue on him and not let him improvise. And if they did that, he would probably just quit.

        As for Felicia Day, I could care less. The only reason she has "nerd cred" is because she was on that awful Guild show. And that show would have

        • by nucrash ( 549705 )

          Who crapped in your cereal this morning? I mean seriously, someone had to have taken a dump on your bowl of cornflakes for you to be such a fowl individual.
          I know I am irritable if I don't have my morning coffee, but I can only gather that someone had loaded your fruit loops with a fecal surprise.

          I hope your day goes better.

          • He's no chicken - he had the courage to voice his opinion, even though he's crowing on about nothing. His ideas are real turkeys, so we shouldn't egg him on. I suppose he considers his diatribe a feather in his cap.

            *Fowl individual, indeed.

        • Dr. Horrible’s was pretty good though.

        • by DarkOx ( 621550 ) on Tuesday December 01, 2015 @10:44AM (#51033391) Journal

          As for Felicia Day, I could care less. The only reason she has "nerd cred" is because she was on that awful Guild show.

          First she created "that awful Guild show" which a lot of people thought was actually pretty non - awful at the time. I will admit to go back and watch it now it has not held up well but if you put it back in its context it was a pretty huge success. There had not been a lot of direct to youtube productions of scripted comedy/drama when she started that. "The Guild" whatever you feeling about it was among the early more complex productions (there certainly were others as well) that showed free/ad supported online shows could go beyond cat videos and porn. Have many things come along sense that are much better sure they have. We could say that a lot of early 17th century Novels were not all that great by latter literary standards either but they remain important because they paved the way for the format and the art.

          I would also suggest that her 'nerd cred' comes as much from her roles on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Eureka as anything else she has done. Maybe you missed them...

          You don't have to like her but she is doing alright as a C-list celebrity.

        • Anybody who doubts his ability to improvise brilliant dialogue out of thin air watch his Parks and Rec Star Wars rant:

          https://youtu.be/5BBhNkywMJY [youtu.be]

      • Did you know Space Cop took 12 years to make? That's amazing!
      • I think he just likes to work on interesting projects, and has enough big paycheck projects in the pipe that he can afford to work on some second tier stuff just for fun.

        I'm actually pretty interested to see how he does at this. He's a major movie fanatic and a pretty good comedian and writer to boot, so I think his credentials as far as mocking bad films goes is pretty high. He's the king of cultural references, so I think, all things being equal, the reboot might have a chance.

    • You can't recapture the lightning in a bottle dumb luck of a low budget local TV show slowly gaining traction with a record breaking kickstarter and already well known comedians...

      I have to say I'm highly wary of this and am adopting the same attitude as the J.J. Abrams Star Wars - wait and see.

      What, no mention of your lawn?

    • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )

      MST3K itself though...well it wasn't *that* great. The only time I can remember watching a whole show was when I was killing time and literally had nothing else to do. That's certainly not a world I'm living in now. Today a show has to be pretty darn good to beat out the other 3 or 4 good shows on Netflix I can never get around to watching.

      So yeah, it actually needs to be better.

      That should be doable though, with the right format. I can remember they used to do a similar bit on the Thicke of the Night [wikipedia.org] bac

      • I love MST3K, but I can see it isn't for everyone. I've recommended it to all of my friends, and strangely the ones who enjoy it are almost all people who I thought wouldn't get the show.

        Some people are just not that into old movies. I loved the Rifftrax versions that the crew did of contemporary blockbusters, and I really wish they'd do more of them. My guess is they stopped them because most people don't want to go through the hassle of mixing the soundtrack with the commentary (I've done it and it's a
        • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )
          Oh don't get me wrong. It was damn funny. But it spread the condensed funny of that short "Thicke of the Night" bit out over two whole freaking hours. At most they should have made the shows 1 hour long, but 30 minutes would have been even better. Again, I've seen the idea done both ways (unlike rather a lot of people I guess. Thicke of the Night didn't last more than a year), so I know what can be done. Somewhere in the middle would be great.
  • After listening to his Batman & Robin commentary, I'd say he'd be pretty entertaining as a cast member (If you forgive a few stoner rambling moments).

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