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Offline Iron Curtain

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Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:53:46 PM »
I want to talk about professional comedians who riff movies who have not in any way been associated with Mystery Science Theater 3000 (i.e. have not acted in, worked for or written for the show). Note to mods: I looked at all the Rifftrax forums and I couldn't find a good place to put it, so I think this place would be the best place. If not, feel free to move it to the most appropriate forum.

An example of what I'm talking about would be this: https://www.wyattcenac.com/live-shows/2016/11/17/shouting-at-the-screen

I haven't been to one of these shows yet (I'm going to one on April 6), but this looks like exactly the thing that the revival of MST3K and Rifftrax should encourage: Professionals riffing movies by people who have nothing to do with the original project that started it all. AFAIAC, if more professional comedians do MST3K-style movie riffing, than we could enter a golden age of riffing that isn't limited to fan iRiffs or Let's Play videos of video games on YouTube.

What say you guys? You know any professional riffers in your neck of the woods to whom you'd like to give a shout-out (no relation to Shout! Factory)?


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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 06:43:18 AM »
Master Pancake has been operating for years now centered in Austin Texas and touring around Alamo Drafthouse locations. They have had MST3K alumni riff with them before, along with Doug Benson, who also has his own riffs called "Benson Movie Interruptions."

https://drafthouse.com/series/master-pancake
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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 03:58:12 PM »
Master Pancake riffed Jason X? I wish I were there to see that! All this time I wanted Rifftrax to do that movie because I thought it was so terribleā€¦


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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 06:25:31 PM »
Yeah, I'd love to see that one. Wish they sold MP3 versions too, but the love element is very important to a MP mock.
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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 07:16:49 PM »
I don't see why you would need to distinguish between the "professional riffers" and the groups who do iRiffs. Just because some are comedians as their primary jobs and riff on their time off, and others have regular jobs and riff on their time off.



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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2017, 02:21:35 AM »
I don't see why you would need to distinguish between the "professional riffers" and the groups who do iRiffs. Just because some are comedians as their primary jobs and riff on their time off, and others have regular jobs and riff on their time off.

It's just that professional riffers, as with MST3K and Rifftrax, riff for profit.


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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2017, 06:19:57 AM »
I don't see why you would need to distinguish between the "professional riffers" and the groups who do iRiffs. Just because some are comedians as their primary jobs and riff on their time off, and others have regular jobs and riff on their time off.

It's just that professional riffers, as with MST3K and Rifftrax, riff for profit.
iRiffers sell their riffs. Usually on Rifftrax or Gumroad. They just can't make a living doing riffing. And I don't think any of the other riffing groups can either. Only Rifftrax and MST3K are popular enough.



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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2017, 01:40:19 PM »
I don't see why you would need to distinguish between the "professional riffers" and the groups who do iRiffs. Just because some are comedians as their primary jobs and riff on their time off, and others have regular jobs and riff on their time off.

It's just that professional riffers, as with MST3K and Rifftrax, riff for profit.
iRiffers sell their riffs. Usually on Rifftrax or Gumroad. They just can't make a living doing riffing. And I don't think any of the other riffing groups can either. Only Rifftrax and MST3K are popular enough.
I still consider those iRiffers to be professionals if they sell their riffs. It's just not a career for them. Just like I'm a professional chip musician (I have bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, etc. links to prove it). I just am not making enough money to justify calling it a career.


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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2017, 03:30:51 PM »
Well, I'm not sure I can speak for anybody else, but QuipTracks is definitely trying (not succeeding) to make a career out of riffing. There are a number of groups that have been around for 10+ years now that I'd consider professionals.
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Re: Professional Riffers not affiliated with MST3K?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2017, 05:52:54 PM »
Well, I'm not sure I can speak for anybody else, but QuipTracks is definitely trying (not succeeding) to make a career out of riffing.
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