The RiffTrax team is, from left, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and Michael J. Nelson.
The RiffTrax team of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will bring a Christmas rendition of their bad-movie-directed quips back to theaters this holiday season – and special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic will join them.
“RiffTrax LIVE: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza!” will be broadcast to movie theaters nationwide at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. The performance will be recorded for an encore event Thursday, Dec. 17.
Former “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), now of RiffTrax.com, will zing their wisecracking commentary at a wonderfully warped collection of Christmas short films, with the help of special guest Weird Al (pictured left).
The evening will feature a collection of new and old favorite shorts, including the bizarre animated “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” classic commercials and a musical short extolling the virtues of pork, according to a news release.
Movie theater audiences will be treated to five free digital goodies: a holiday song by the RiffTones, two downloadable shorts, an autographed digital photo of the guys and a Christmas desktop wallpaper. A URL and code will be revealed onscreen for viewers to get free digital goodies after the live event.
The RiffTrax events will be shown in four Oklahoma theaters: Oklahoma City’s AMC Quail Springs 24 and Cinemark Tinseltown, Norman’s Hollywood Spotlight 14 and Tulsa’s Cinemark Tulsa 17.
Nelson, Murphy and Corbett brought their first “RiffTrax Live” event to theaters back in August with a hilarious beatdown of “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” I attended the live show with friends, and it was great fun. The addition of venerable wisecracker Weird Al is sure to make the holiday show even more mirthful.