Joel Hodgson

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Joel Hodgson is an American writer, comedian and television actor.wikipedia
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Mystery Science Theater 3000

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He is best known for creating Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and starring in it as the character Joel Robinson. Fellow Mystery Science Theater 3000 alum Trace Beaulieu also appears as Zalien's robot pal Art, an homage to MST3K.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (abbreviated as MST3K) is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and currently produced by Alternaversal Productions, LLC.

Cinematic Titanic

Between 2007–2013, Hodgson was part of the "movie riffing" project Cinematic Titanic with several of his fellow MST3K alumni, performing live and producing content for DVDs and direct download. On October 30, 2007, Hodgson announced he was starting a new show with the same "riffing on bad movies" premise as MST3K called Cinematic Titanic, together with former MST3K cast and crew members Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl.
Cinematic Titanic was a project by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) creator and original host, Joel Hodgson.

Joel Robinson

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He is best known for creating Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and starring in it as the character Joel Robinson.
He was portrayed by series creator Joel Hodgson.

Ashwaubenon High School

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Joel performed for local events in Green Bay, and attended Ashwaubenon High School.

Bethel University (Minnesota)

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Upon graduation, Hodgson moved to Minneapolis to attend Bethel University (Minnesota) to study Theatre and Mass Media.

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

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Hodgson was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and later moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Comedy Store

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In November of the same year Hodgson moved to Los Angeles where he became a regular performer at the Comedy Store and the Hollywood Magic Castle, as well as the Comedy Magic Club.

The TV Wheel

They created a special for an interactive sketch comedy program called The TV Wheel for HBO, which Joel produced and hosted.
The TV Wheel is a 1995 television pilot created by and starring Joel Hodgson, of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame.

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He met Jim Mallon in 1987, and Mallon became production manager at the St. Paul UHF station KTMA Channel 23 in 1988.
As production manager Jim Mallon sought to fill a gap in the Sunday night line-up, he talked to his contacts in the local comedy community and ended up meeting Joel Hodgson.

Michael J. Nelson

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Michael J. Nelson replaced Hodgson as host for the remainder of the series' run.
When series creator and host Joel Hodgson decided to leave the show half-way through the fifth season, he chose Nelson as his replacement, reportedly because he thought Nelson was a natural leader, a gifted comedian, and a gifted muse, and also because Nelson simply looked good standing next to the show's puppets.

UHF (film)

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Hodgson was the first choice to portray "Philo" in the "Weird Al" Yankovic film UHF, but at the time of the filming (1988), he had begun the production of a new form of television program for KTMA.
Philo's role was written with Joel Hodgson in mind, building on Hodgson's stand-up routines of using homemade inventions and deadpan comedy.

The Higgins Boys and Gruber

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The other show, also created and written by Hodgson, was the short-lived Higgins Boys and Gruber, a sketch comedy program that starred Steve Higgins, David Anthony Higgins and Dave Allen.
Higgins Boys was created and co-written by Joel Hodgson, the creator and original lead actor on Mystery Science Theater 3000, another Comedy Channel program which was picked up at the same time.

Darkstar: The Interactive Movie

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He has since starred in the science fiction computer game Darkstar: The Interactive Movie as Scythe Commander Kane Cooper.
It starred the actor Clive Robertson and the original cast of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (including Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein).

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves

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Hodgson's other post-MST3K projects and contributions include Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, You Don't Know Jack, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Everything You Need to Know.
Nell Scovell and Joel Hodgson were recruited to try to reduce Kirkpatrick's script due to the budget restraint.

Jim Mallon

He met Jim Mallon in 1987, and Mallon became production manager at the St. Paul UHF station KTMA Channel 23 in 1988.
In 1988, Mallon met series creator Joel Hodgson and Mystery Science Theater 3000 was born.

Trace Beaulieu

Fellow Mystery Science Theater 3000 alum Trace Beaulieu also appears as Zalien's robot pal Art, an homage to MST3K. On October 30, 2007, Hodgson announced he was starting a new show with the same "riffing on bad movies" premise as MST3K called Cinematic Titanic, together with former MST3K cast and crew members Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl.
(Joel Hodgson appears in The Frank only as a voice-over, while a stand-in wears Joel's trademark red jumpsuit; Michael J. Nelson does the same voiceover in the color version of "The Frank" available as a DVD extra.) Beaulieu briefly attended the University of Minnesota.

Other Space

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In 2015, he appeared as Zalien Fletcher, a long-haired, laid-back, dim-witted engineer on the Paul Feig produced space comedy Other Space, which premiered on Yahoo! Screen on April 14, 2015.

Frank Conniff

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In 2007, he portrayed Blackbeard the pirate in two episodes of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd and recently joined fellow MST3K alum Frank Conniff's monthly comedy revue Cartoon Dump, helming his self-created puppet "Dumpster Diver Dan." On October 30, 2007, Hodgson announced he was starting a new show with the same "riffing on bad movies" premise as MST3K called Cinematic Titanic, together with former MST3K cast and crew members Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl.
Recently, fellow Mystery Science Theater alum Joel Hodgson joined the cast, creating his own puppet, "Dumpster Diver Dan".

Jonah Ray

The project was released on Netflix as Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return in April, 2017, and stars comedian Jonah Ray as Jonah Heston, alongside original co-star robots (puppets voiced by actors) Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, much like when Hodgson hosted the show himself.
On November 16, 2015, Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson announced plans for Ray to host the series' upcoming continuation.

The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd

In 2007, he portrayed Blackbeard the pirate in two episodes of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd and recently joined fellow MST3K alum Frank Conniff's monthly comedy revue Cartoon Dump, helming his self-created puppet "Dumpster Diver Dan."

Cartoon Dump

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In 2007, he portrayed Blackbeard the pirate in two episodes of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd and recently joined fellow MST3K alum Frank Conniff's monthly comedy revue Cartoon Dump, helming his self-created puppet "Dumpster Diver Dan."

Mary Jo Pehl

On October 30, 2007, Hodgson announced he was starting a new show with the same "riffing on bad movies" premise as MST3K called Cinematic Titanic, together with former MST3K cast and crew members Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl.
In 2007, she returned to MST3K-style riffing on bad movies, joining former castmate Mike Nelson's RiffTrax for the film Glitter, and Bill Corbett for The X-Files movie, as well as becoming a cast member on Joel Hodgson's Cinematic Titanic, making her one of a select few MST3K alumni to be involved with both Mike and Joel's successor projects.

J. Elvis Weinstein

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On October 30, 2007, Hodgson announced he was starting a new show with the same "riffing on bad movies" premise as MST3K called Cinematic Titanic, together with former MST3K cast and crew members Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl.
On October 30, 2007, Joel Hodgson announced he was starting a new show with the same "riffing on bad movies" premise as MST3K called Cinematic Titanic, together with former MST3K cast and crew members Weinstein, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl.

United States

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Joel Hodgson is an American writer, comedian and television actor.

Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Hodgson was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and later moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin.