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Offline Les_Punk

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Origin of Riff (as a word)
« on: August 19, 2009, 12:04:03 PM »
I'm curious as to the reason the MST3K crew chose the word "riff" as the definition of "making fun of movies"?  Does it have any connection to the musical http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riff?  I did a quick google search to no avail, and even here every other post seems to contain "riff" so that got me no where as well.  Anyone care to clarify this for me?
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Re: Origin of Riff (as a word)
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 11:43:09 AM »
If I had to guess, I'd probably guess that it either a) came out of the MST3k writing room or b) came out of standup. Over the years, I've heard a few comedians say things like "Yeah, I do a riff on airline food in my act" and since most of the writers on MST3k also did standup at sometime, that's where I'd place my bets.

(And I'm pretty certain that the comedians borrowed the riff term from musicians.)