Remember when Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffed on 1962’s The Brain That Wouldn’t Die? Well, 30 years after MST3K first premiered on a low-budget television station in Minneapolis, it’s clear that it, too, won’t die. Multiple hosts, different networks, a (recently renewed) Netflix reboot, and numerous offshoots have yet to dilute the simple genius of watching and listening to a human and his robot friends dunk on bad movies. Why does it remain so funny all these years later? Just repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show…”

Anyway, MST3K is coming back to Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Friday, November 15. And, like Crow in those later seasons, this tour’s DIFFERENT. The MST3K Live 30th Anniversary Tour will feature creator and original host Joel Hodgson slipping on his red jumpsuit for the first time in forever, and riffing alongside new host Jonah Ray. The Bots will be there, too. Oh, and Milwaukee will enjoy the crew riffing on 1988’s The Brain, a “Canadian science fiction suburban nightmare.”

“The craziest and most exciting thing for me is that I am putting on my old jumpsuit and will be riffing live, shoulder to shoulder with Jonah, Crow, and Tom Servo for two incredibly strange feature films,” Hodgson says in a press release. “I’m going to have to go into training to get caught up to the skill level of Jonah and this new cast. If you saw last year’s tour you have some idea just how talented these young movie riffers are.”

Reserved seating tickets are $39.50 and $49.50, and go on sale Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. If you get them late again, you’re out. From the top…

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