The Life Radio Show 5/12/2020

I had a great time discussing Hungry Trilobyte with Don Smith from The Life Radio Show, out of WWSU. We got to cover a lot of ground on why fandom helps people cope, and how to use it to prompt creativity and positivity. I cover my favorite Treks, analyze the newer Star Wars movies, and gush over MST3k in the 21st century.

HTP Episode 031 – Sampo Returns!

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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” is the Webmaster for Satellite News and was first on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 19. This latest chat is a wild ride, fueled by COVID-19 and fan speculation. We discuss how to use MST3K as a “comfort food” in times of quarantine, Chris suggests using Pod People to go to sleep, I counter with Red Zone Cuba. Meanwhile, his favorite episode is The Violent Years, while I never get tired of Teenagers from Outer Space or I Accuse My Parents. And, of course, Manos comes up.

Chris breaks the news that Joel is doing the MST3K Live At-Home Show with Moon Zero Two. I reveal that I participated in the MST3K Home Game, while Chris was interviewing the cast prior to season 8.

Special request: Chris mentions that there was a special showing of I Accuse My Parents at the Colonial Theatre in Pennsylvania, in which he participated. Does anyone have a recording of this?


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News


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HTP Episode 019 – Chris “Sampo” Cornell


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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” has been one of the key webmasters for MST3k since websites were still new and different. In this episode, Sampo and I share stories of how fandom has grown since the birth of the modren internet, and how passion for a show can lead you to being involved in the show itself.


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News



Geek Resource: Satellite News – The site we’ve been talking about all through the episode!


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HTP Episode 017 – Rebecca Hanson


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Rebecca Hanson is an actor and writer on Mystery Science Theater 3000. She portrays the character Synthia as well as being the voice of Gypsy. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, we discuss what it’s like to be a fan of a show and then have the chance to work on it, as well as different comedy styles and creative processes. Lots of good stories about her other MST3K cast-mates!


Here’s where you can check out Rebecca’s work:

Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Official Site



Geek Resource: The Annotated MST – line-by-line explanation of MST3k jokes, sorted by episode.


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HTP Episode 011 – Arch Hall Jr.

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Arch Hall Jr. is known to drive-in movie fans as the star of movies such as Eegah and The Sadist. In this episode, Arch talks about making “drive in” era movies, as well as the guidance his father, Arch Hall Sr., gave him to get started in the business. What was it like making cheap movies in the early 60s?



Here’s where you can keep tabs on Arch Hall Jr.:

Facebook, Arch’s Personal Website


Geek Resources:



Archive.org – A fantastic place to find any kind of data that’s been abandoned to the basements of the internet. Old movies, old recordings, website copies, and so much more.



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HTP Episode 007 – Rick Sloane

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Rick Sloane is the filmmaker behind such movies as Blood Theatre, Hobgoblins (and likewise the MST3K episode featuring it) , and the Vice Academy series. In this discussion, we get into the challenges of filmmaking with few resources, as well as the differences between film school and the real world.



Here’s where you can keep tabs on Rick and his work:

Facebook, RiffTrax, RickSloane.com (an unofficial site, but a very good one)


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HTP Episode 004 – Jackey Raye Neyman Jones

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Jackey Raye Neyman Jones portrayed Debbie, the young girl in Manos: The Hands of Fate, a film known to history as one of the worst movies ever made and a cornerstone of Mystery Science Theater 3000 lore. In recent years, Jackey has done an amazing job telling the story of the movie’s bizarre production with her book, Growing Up with Manos, as well as describing the challenges in her personal life through her art and blogs. In May of 2019, she announced her new web series, Manos: The Debbie Chronicles.



Be sure to follow Jackey at the following sites:

Facebook (Jackey Raye Neyman Jones), Facebook (Manos: The Debbie Chronicles), Twitter, Jackey’s Arts


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