Skip to comments.An Interview With Mike Nelson 2 (Mystery Science Theater 3000 host votes Republican)
Posted on 05/31/2004 4:23:14 PM PDT by atomicpossum
Q33 (Forrest): Have you seen The Passion of the Christ? If so, what did you think?
A33: I have seen it. I have mixed feelings about movie depictions of the central event in the Christian faith. For myself, I have the Bible and that works well for me. Also, Im a Protestant, and we tend to be more Easter focused, while traditionally, Catholics have been a little more Passion focused. So it did me good to spend a little time there.
All that being said, I think it was a pretty fine movie, and darned if it didnt get people talking about religion again, a subject that some are trying to close off from the public square, a pet peeve of mine. Though the Judeo-Christian worldview has served us well for more than two hundred years and underpins the finest society in the history of the world, there are those fighting hard to throw it all on the scrap heap and replace it with radical secularism, a worldview that has brought us Nazism, Communism and some of the greatest horrors of all time.
Q54 (Forrest): Believe it or not, there have actually been discussions on our discussion board about whether or not you are independent, republican or democrat. Paul Chaplin and Kevin Murphy have often shared their political views with the world. So what are yours? Are you an elephant, a donkey, or neither?
A54: Well, let me say this, I read the National Review cover to cover. Check in at Townhall.com every day. Check the Washington Times daily. Listen to Dennis Prager and Michael Medved on a regular basis. Read Mark Steyn with regularity. Read the Weekly Standard. So, yes, I do vote Republican. As the pundit Hugh Hewitt has observed, there are indeed two Americas: Serious America and Silly America. The Democrats seem bent on turning this into Silly America, so I stick with those who wish this to remain Serious America.
Of course, in addition, as angry as it makes me, I check in with the monolithic press: the NY Times, the L.A. Times, the Boston Globe. One thing I cant do, that makes me just insanely angry, is read my local paper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, known to many as the Star and Sickle, or the Red Star Tribune.
Q55 (Forrest): If Bill OReilly wanted to interview you for his show, how would you prepare for it?
A55: I would spend a great deal of time trying to figure out why he wanted to interview me.
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Did my MSTie heart good to hear it, and I confess I kind of giggle at the shock this must bring to many of his left-leaning fans....tee-hee!
There were times when I had my doubts, but many quips and skits tended to lead me to the conclusion that Mike was to the right of the spectrum. It is good to know that my deductive reasoning arrived at the correct conclusion.
My late husband would have been so pleased to hear this.
Then again, on careful viewing of the episodes, he probably suspected these guys were on the right side :-)
Was he a big MST3K fan? Well, at least all mysteries are now known to him through the Creator.
He was a HUGE MST3K fan... had all the videos and everything (now in storage). Being from Australia, I'd never seen it before meeting him (funny how we get the dross of American TV down here - Jerry Springer, Cops, American Idol, Judge Judy etc - but not the good stuff, like MST3K...) and he turned me (and later my mother) into a fan.
Excellent! Thanks for posting that. (Makes me want to watch the MSTied version of This Island Earth again - one of the funniest films ever)
Hmmmm... He reads all those publications regularly? GOTTA be a FReeper!
Hi Mike! Fess Up!
Some will drop him now.
I'd recommend he go on Michael Medved's program as a guest rather than Bill O'Reilly's. I haven't listened to Medved in awhile (I have to listen online when I do). If nothing else, they could talk movies (both old and cheesy as well as new a preachy).
I liked Joel. He was much funnier. (more funny?)
Yup. Quite a few episodes are available from Rhino Home Video.
Murphy and Chaplin are both hardcore lefties, though. I found that out from reading The Amazing Colossal Episode Guide.
I've known this for some time, and actually having found this out for myself I started downloading episodes of the show on my lap top. I now have a rediculous collection of over 60 episodes (not all MST3000, but 1 and 2 as well)...if you ever get the opportunity to see the episode entitles "The Family Dinner" or "Dinner With The Family" (cant quite remember) you will pee yourself it's so funny.
Not to ruin it (As if I could) they make fun of this old 50's style video that is supposedly showing proper etiquette at the dinner table between family members.
TOO FUNNY. HAHAHA. If any of you have AOL Instant Messager and want this video I can send it to you no problem. Just Freepmail me or reply to this post and we can go from there.
I was going to post this, but you beat me to it. I saw the interview, linked to it off of the MST3K site. When I saw that the blurb for the interview said Nelson discussed the current political climate, I thought oh jeez, another tirade about the president and the war. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. When I saw his comments about The Passion and about the dangers of radical secularism, I let out a cheer. I'm now a big Mike Nelson fan. Like everyone else I preferred Joel, but Mike had some very funny turns. Interestingly, during the Mike era they parodied a film called "The Starfighters," a cheesy, semi-documentary about Air Force Pilots that must've been commisioned by the Air Force. It's star was a young pilot who later went on to become a famous congressman from Orange County, California. You guessed it, it was none other than B-1 Bob Dornan. Anyway, it's a hilarious episode, particularly the "poopy suit" song. I wish they would release it on DVD. Incidentally, Frank Connif, who played Dr. Forrerster's dimwit henchman TV's Frank, recently signed on as a writer/performer for Air America, so I guess we know which way he leans. Too bad, he was funny.
He could just be apolitical and be doing it for a paycheck, but probably not. Of all the cast we've met (my wife and I had all but Joel & Josh Weinstein in to St. Louis for two different sci-fi conventions), Frank was the one we liked least...we both described him as 'surly.'
Mike was nice, but you could see he was uncomfortable with the crowd. Kevin Murphy is 'on' most of the time, and probably the best outgoing personality. Bill Corbett is constantly riffing, and seems to be writing all the time. Mary Jo Pehl is rather sweet, a little neurotic, maybe, and kind of shy. Trace Beaulieau is a very nice guy.
Frankly, if some or all of them are liberal, they certainly aren't the strident, in-your-face types. Good midwestern values, probably.
Why are you not here already???
I was out of town when this thread was posted and this was the first I was pinged to it. Thanks!!!
An MST3K "longotorsovision" bump to all the Misties I know of...
So did Nelson like American Beauty or not? < sarcasm >
Might be funny to see the boys watch one of those movies.
THIS IS FASCINATING! (Werewolf reference)
And another "Mitchell - artery cloggin'" bump!...
I've always had the impression that Kevin Murphy was a Christian, even if he did lean to the left. Wishful thinking, perhaps?
A funny, funny man... a damned fine writer (see novel, above)... and one of US, to boot! :)
MITCHELL! I just bought it the other day and I've already watched it about 40 times already. Heelarious.
Mithcell, heart poundin'
Mitchell, veins cloggin'
Joe Don Baker IS Mitchell! :-)
I found the Joel days funnier.
I loved MST3K. It reminded me of times I and a best friend would watch movies together, and whisper cracks to each other ("Exposition!")
I'd start watching an episode, wondering how I thought it was so funny... and inside of a few minutes, I'd be laughing so hard I could scarcely breathe!
I think Kevin Murphy's character sometimes made references to church, and/or Bible studies. But then there was the occasional very-mildly risque remark; but I wondered, too.
Which is rather odd considering Mike was the head writer during "The Reign Of Joel" (TROJ).
I wonder if the delivery of the riffs made more of a difference than the riffs themselves.
Joel rocked. He had this Quaalude-ish, loopy quality that really worked.
Without question! A good comedian can take bad material and make it funny!
Absolutely. You ever notice his eyes while singing the "Hike Up" song (Daddy-O)?
Ol' Joel was "higher than Corey Haim" on that one...;-)
Boy, you dusted off this old thread. I'd love to see some old Joel MST 3000 reruns. Does anyone show them anymore?
bump for rifftrax.com
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