I think I’ve mentioned before that Liquid Television was both hugely influential on me and kinda turned out to be an animated version of RAW. And it was Liquid TV where I first saw the work of RAW and, later MAD contributor, Drew Friedman. He had a few “Uncle Louie” shorts, featuring the titular character travelling through the sewers to save on travel expenses. I loved the stippling style of the artwork, the amazingly detailed and photorealistic characters — a mix of the perfectly normal and the strangely grotesque — and the cutout animation. Continue reading
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 was one of my formative comedy experiences, along with watching reruns of SCTV starting when I was about 7 and collecting Mad magazine. Being a comedy geek has sort of been in my blood, I suppose — between loving comedy, being one of those kids who, even from a very young age wanted to be a stand-up comedian, and, well, my mild OCD, I kinda had to be obsessed. I’ve already revealed myself as someone who thinks way too much about this stuff on the macro level, but I also do on the micro as well.
As a nigh-obsessive MiSTie, I’ve seen more than my fair share of episodes. I haven’t seen all of them… yet… but a whole mess of ’em. And, of course, with MST3K there’re good episodes and bad. Although, unlike with most other programs, the fault typically doesn’t lie on the writers for a bad MST3K, but the movie they’re riffing.