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« on: March 03, 2008, 09:42:43 PM »
Ah, the wonders of old school internet. Every day, a new (old?) discussion.

WHO DID TOM SERVO'S VOICE?
     
Bill Holloway - Feb 3 1992, 9:42 am 

This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom
Servo's voice.  Anybody know who it was?

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still relatively green in netmail - Feb 3 1992, 11:35 am 

Bill Holloway writes...

>    This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom
>Servo's voice.  Anybody know who it was?

Actually, that episode was taped in an earlier season.  If you have the luxury
of having that episode on tape, take a good look.  The sets are much less
intricate.  Joel and the 'bots look more gray than shadowy black as they're
watching the film.  Also, Frank was not Dr. Forester's assistant, yet.

I don't know how old that episode was, but I think it's more than 2 or 3 years
old.
 
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Ed Hughes - Feb 3 1992, 11:47 am 

Bill Holloway writes:

>       This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom
>Servo's voice.  Anybody know who it was?
>--

Somebody old, actually.  During the first season ("Aztec Mummy"
comes from that season), Josh Weinstein did the voice of Tom Servo
and played Dr. Lawrence Erhardt (Larry), the subservient Mad Scientist.
After the first season, Weinstein was let go (apparently the people
at the network wanted him gone), and Kevin Murphy took over Servo's
voice.  In addition, Frank Conniff (TV's Frank) took over as the
flunky to Dr. Forrester (Trace Beaulieu, who does Crow's voice).
Larry's face was shown on a milk carton (i.e., as a missing person).
Lynne-Anne Friese tried to get Joel to say why Josh was fired and
all he would say was "his bosses didn't like him so they shot him
into space."

I got this information from the back issues of the Sattellite of Love
Newsletter.  If everybody would subscribe to this fine email periodical,
then a lot of these questions that get asked repeatedly could be
answered without clogging up the newsgroup.  An example:  here are
the authenticated words to the theme:

"Love Theme from Mystery Science Theater 3000"

In the not too distant future,
Next Sunday A.D.
There was a guy named Joel,
Not too different from you or me.
He worked at Gizmonic Institute,
Just another face in a red jumpsuit.
He did a good job cleanin' up the place,
But his bosses didn't like him,
So they shot him into space.

We'll send him cheesy movies,
The worst we can find (la la la).
He'll have to sit and watch them all,
And we'll monitor his mind (la la la).
Now keep in mind Joel can't control
When the movies begin and end (la la la),
Because he used those special parts
To make his robot friends.

Robot Roll Call ....

Cambot          (pan left)
Gypsy           (hi girl)
Tom Servo       (what a cool guy)
Crooooooooooow  (wisecracker)

If you're wondr'ing how he eats and breathes,
and other science facts (la la la),
Then repeat to yourself,
"It's just a show, I should really just relax
for Mystery Science Theater 3000..."

So subscribe, and all of those burning questions will magically
be answered!  Send mail to Rich at *****@chestnut.circ.upenn.edu
or one of the other addresses listed for him in previous postings.
Make sure you put MST3K or MST3000 in your subject line.

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Anton Markwart - Feb 3 1992, 11:56 am 

Bill Holloway writes:

>    This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom
>Servo's voice.  Anybody know who it was?

That "someone new" was actually someone old.  The original Tom Servo was
Josh Weinstein, that dark-haired mad scientist who played opposite Dr.
Clayton Forrester.

A long time ago, Tom Servo had a high-pitched, squeaky voice.  Tom asked
Joel to change his voice, so Joel (while on the show, of course) twisted
some of Tom Servo's trimmer potentiometers for a while to try out new
voices, allowing Josh Weinstein to perform his unusual impressions of
famous people.  Soon Joel settled on the voice you heard on Aztek Mummy,
and Tom thanked him profusely.  Soon Tom was doing radio announcer-type
voice-overs for things like the MST3K fan club.

I still don't know why Josh Weinstein left the show, but I miss him.

It should be noted that that was the big joke of the show -- the same
actors who played the mad scientists were also the two robots picking on
the movies.

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Mike White - Feb 3 1992, 1:06 pm 

Bill Holloway writes:

>  This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom Servo's
voice.  Anybody know who it was?

Sombody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think last Saturday's show was from
a previous season, with the earlier voice (don't know who).  The set and
the opening credits were all different, too.  Am I right, fellow Mistnoids?

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WildCard !! - Feb 3 1992, 10:27 pm 

Mike White writes:

>Bill Holloway writes:
 
>>  This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom Servo's
>voice.  Anybody know who it was?

>Sombody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think last Saturday's show was from
>a previous season, with the earlier voice (don't know who).  The set and
>the opening credits were all different, too.  Am I right, fellow Mistnoids?

Wow. I've been reading ump-teen postings on why everyone is confused over the
appearant change in Tom's voice. You're all a bunch of newbies, sheesh. I'm
not an expert, but I've been following the show faithfully since its airing
on Comedy Central, and have been involved in getting at least a dozen more
people hooked on the show. I hope this gives me some credibility.

If memory serves, the episode where the "newer" season starts is called
"Rocketship XM" it explains why Dr.Erhardt left (he's missing and on a milk
carton), the changes to the set, and the changing of Tom's voice over to the
deeper one that, IMHO, is much better. The person that does tom's voice now is
*not* Frank Conniff ( "Frank, the mad-scientist flunky") but it is the voice of
(I believe) one of the producers (I wish I could remember his name!:/). The
reason for all the changes was never made clear but I believe that it had
something to do with sponsorship and an enhanced budget for the show.

Whew. Maybe we can start posting some interesting things (*NO NOT THE CREEPY
GIRL SONG*!!  I love it too but enough is enough.)

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Ellen Sasse - Feb 3 1992, 11:09 pm 

Anton Markwart writes:

>I still don't know why Josh Weinstein left the show, but I miss him.
>It should be noted that that was the big joke of the show -- the same
>actors who played the mad scientists were also the two robots picking on
>the movies.

Yeah, I thought that was funny. I like both Larry and Frank, but I
really miss Weinstein's Tom Servo. I thought he was hilarious!

I think I am in the minority here, but while I appreciate Kevin
Murphy's dedication and hard work I just don't find him funny.
And I HATE his voice. He did one opera-type thing that I liked
because that is what his voice is trained for, but whenever he
sings his own stuff I just gag. I thought he sounded worse than
those old 60's tunes he sang over!! Actually I liked the 60's tunes.

It really pissed me off that he was ruining their harmonies with
his own need to cover them up. They were on key; just because
they don't have operatic vibrato-filled voices doesn't mean they
can't sing, DESPITE certain comman snobbish attitudes to the contrary!
While I am airing minority pet peeves, I hate the name misties. OK, pet
peeve over now.

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Ellen Sasse - Feb 4 1992, 7:13 am 

WildCard !! writes:

>If memory serves, the episode where the "newer" season starts is called
>"Rocketship XM" it explains why Dr.Erhardt left (he's missing and on a milk
>carton), the changes to the set, and the changing of Tom's voice over to the

Yes, it's Rocketship XM. I thought the milk carton was a great touch.

>deeper one that, IMHO, is much better. The person that does tom's voice now is
>*not* Frank Conniff ( "Frank, the mad-scientist flunky") but it is the voice of
>(I believe) one of the producers (I wish I could remember his name!:/). The

I think it's Kevin Murphy. Can't look it up right now cause my VCR's
in use.

>reason for all the changes was never made clear but I believe that it had
>something to do with sponsorship and an enhanced budget for the show.

Don't tell me he cost more???!!!! 1/2 ;-)

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Ed Hughes - Feb 4 1992, 7:58 am 

Ellen Sasse writes:

>Anton Markwart writes:

>>I still don't know why Josh Weinstein left the show, but I miss him.

>>It should be noted that that was the big joke of the show -- the same
>>actors who played the mad scientists were also the two robots picking on
>>the movies.

>Yeah, I thought that was funny. I like both Larry and Frank, but I
>really miss Weinstein's Tom Servo. I thought he was hilarious!

>I think I am in the minority here, but while I appreciate Kevin
>Murphy's dedication and hard work I just don't find him funny.
>And I HATE his voice. He did one opera-type thing that I liked
>because that is what his voice is trained for, but whenever he
>sings his own stuff I just gag. I thought he sounded worse than
>those old 60's tunes he sang over!! Actually I liked the 60's tunes.

Well, actually I prefer Kevin Murphy's Servo and I prefer Frank
to Larry.  It's just a matter of personal preference, probably heavily
influenced by the fact that I saw several Murphy-Servo episodes
before I saw any Weinstein-Servo episodes.  I'm curious, though--
what episode are you talking about when you mention the "old 60's
tunes?"  "Catalina Caper?"  I don't remember Tommy singing over
any songs in that one, unless you mean the songs by that awful (oops--
personal preference rears its ugly head again! :->) group with the
matching outfits.  If I recall correctly, they pretty much left the
Little Richard number alone, except for the on-the-money comments
about L.R. being "hopped-up on goofballs" and about the "white trash"
go-go dancers.

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still relatively green in netmail - Feb 4 1992, 11:46 am 

>Mike White writes:

>>Bill Holloway writes:

>>>  This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom Servo's
>>voice.  Anybody know who it was?

..and so forth

I wrote to the address at penn.state listed in this newsgroup yesterday and
by midnight last night, had twelve (thirteen?) back issues of the Satellite
of Love Newsletter.  I highly recommend this to anyone who isn't on the
mailing list.  Considering the speed with which they replied, well... it
was almost instant gratification.  MY ETERNAL THANKS!!!.   

I also followed that up with an FTP visit to syrinx.umd.edu and found
GIFs, and a FAQ file that has lots of MST3K information.  If I had known
that repository existed before I made my mailing-list request, I could have
saved someone a little trouble and gotten the back issues myself.

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Eric, Uncle Sabre - Feb 4 1992, 6:45 pm 

I also just got onto the SOL mailing list -- and it's great, but
I wish hey *hadn't* sent me evey back issue ever produced (as near as I
could tell) without my requesting them.  One or two, okay.  Thirteen
crashed my mail reader :-(.

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David Van Brackle - Feb 6 1992, 8:07 pm 

Bill Holloway writes:

>    This last week during "Aztec Mummy", someone new was doing Tom
>Servo's voice.  Anybody know who it was?

It wasn't someone new - it was someone old. That show was from the 1st
season, when Josh Weinstein (who also played Dr. Ehrhart (sp?) ) also
provided the voice for Tom Servo. After the first season, Frank came
on board (played by Frank Conniff) and Tom Servo's voice was provided by
Kevin Murphy.

BTW - the actor who plays Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace -- well, I can't spell
the last name, but it's pronounced BaLOO) also provides the voice for Crow.


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Re: alt.tv.mst3k
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008, 09:51:12 PM »
thourougly interesting...

mistnoids was my favorite.  It funny looking at MSTie fandom from so long ago.

Cool post, greg!


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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2008, 03:00:54 PM »
I'll always love the old CompuServe discussion I found that started around the time that MST3K - The Movie was announced and lasted to right about the time it came out.

People were talking about it and they started talking about if it became a series of movies....and then someone started comparing them to the Trek films, leading someone to wonder who would do the naked palm fron dance when they got to their fifth movie.  It was decided that Tom Servo had the figure for it....

This resulted in the name of the thread being changed to "Kevin Murphy: Fan Dancer" and it stayed that way for weeks even though the subject had changed....and CompuServe didn't keep posts forever so the conversation that inspired that was long gone.

At this point, someone with "Kevin Murphy" as his CompuServe ID (which you were issued, if I remember right) posted something to the effect "Hey, Everybody, don't mean to interupt but I saw the title of this thread and if you don't mind me asking....WHAT IN THE NAME OF STINKING GREEN HELL ARE YOU PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT ME?!?!?....Thank you."

After a few "If we told you, we'd have to kill you" they explained.  But I loved the way Kevin had asked.

Yeah, I know the odds are slim...but I still like to think that it really was Kevin.   :D


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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2008, 03:13:55 PM »
I liked this:

Thirteen crashed my mail reader :-(.

Oh noes!!! Thirteen mails in my inbox!!!!!