A fun, lively, entertaining and hilarious afternoon of silver screen riffs were enjoyed by many fellow MSTies in the Frederick area!
Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s “The Mads Are Back!” at the Weinberg Center for the Arts!
On the afternoon of Sat., Nov. 18 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Maryland; I got to experience Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s live movie riffing touring show, “The Mads Are Back!” The legendary “Mystery Science Theater 3000” alums’ Frederick performance was their 100th touring appearance.
The film that the legendary “Mads of MST3K” riffed was William Castle’s 1959 horror thriller for Columbia Pictures, “The Tingler” (which featured Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln and Philip Coolidge). Many fellow classic/cult horror film aficionados know about Castle’s trademark “percepto” electric theater seat “shock” gimmick during the original theatrical release of “The Tingler.”
I absolutely enjoyed watching Castle’s cult shocker on the larger-than-life Weinberg/Tivoli screen with the magic of Trace and Frank’s side-splitting riffs! After the film, the Mads also had a question-and-answer session for the audience and a “meet-and-greet” photo/autograph session for fellow fans!
It was a wonderful and exciting experience seeing Trace and Frank in person during their afternoon show at the Weinberg! Thank you to the “Mads of MST3K” for autographing my DVD copy of the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” version of “Manos: The Hands of Fate” (before the live riffing performance of “The Tingler”) and for the after-show photograph session (highly appreciated)! “Two thumbs up!”
Kudos to Trace, Frank and the Weinberg Center for the Arts for an awesome and entertaining show! Keep up the good work, sirs (and keep on riffing from coast-to-coast)! Come back to the Frederick area anytime!
And on behalf of all fellow “Mystery Science Theater 3000” MSTies and “Svengoolie” SvenPals everywhere, Woo-Hoo and “Hi-Keeba!” –C.H.
In relation to Trace and Frank:
Frank Conniff’s newest book, “How to Write Cheesy Movies: The only screenwriting guide you’ll ever need,” his 2017 book “Cats V. Conniff: A chronicle of the historic lawsuit brought against Frank Conniff by his cats, Millie & Barney” and his 2016 book, “Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life In No Way Whatsoever.”
In relation to MST3K:
“New” classic episodes of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will be airing on WatchComet/CometTV for their Sun. double-dose episodes of MST3K, starting Sun., Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. Check local listings for channel availability (WatchComet is also streaming online and on select devices).