Meet the Riffers!

Mike Nelson
Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000. Since that time, he has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, penned a regular column for TV Guide, and authored best-selling books for both HarperCollins and Abrams.In 2006 Nelson partnered with Legend Films to found... Read more »
Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy has cultivated the act of talking back to the movies into an art form and a career. For ten years Kevin co-wrote and directed the Peabody Award-winning series Mystery Science Theater 3000, and starred as the plucky red robot Tom Servo. Classic episodes of MST3K, as its legion of fans call it, continue to be huge sellers on Shout!... Read more »
Bill Corbett
Bill Corbett is a former writer for MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 and also a performer on the show, providing the voice of the robot Crow (v.2.0) and playing various other strange characters -- including the all-powerful but clueless alien The Observer (a.k.a. "Brain Guy").Corbett is also a screenwriter and playwright. Corbett's screenplay STARSHIP... Read more »
Audio Syncer
DisembAudio is the world famous synthesized voice behind RiffTrax's Patented "Perfect Synch Technology." He has long been a player in the world of synthesized voices, and has worked in all areas of the industry. Originally thrust into the world of RiffTrax due to fluke circumstances, (mainly due to the fact that DisembAudio's voice was... Read more »
Guest Riffers
Joel McHale
Hailing from Seattle, Washington, and blessed with Irish and Nordic ancestral roots, Joel McHale is one of the whitest and fairest stars around.  Armed with sunscreen, his Mariners jersey and plenty of Wellbutrin, Joel became a cast member on Comedy Central’s “Almost Live!”  Joel managed to complete the Actor’s... Read more »
"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic, the undisputed king of pop culture parody, has sold more comedy recordings than any other artist in history. In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has amassed 28 Gold and Platinum albums, 7 Gold and Platinum-certified home videos and 3 Grammy Awards (with 9 nominations). An accomplished director, Al has... Read more »
Fred Willard
Born and raised in Shaker Heights, OH, Willard began his career by spending a year at Chicago's famed Second City. Willard's improvisational performance as "Buck Laughlin" in the film "Best in Show" earned him the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, the American Comedy Award for Funniest... Read more »
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris continues to demonstrate his creative versatility as Barney in the hit CBS comedy series HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. He just wrapped a reprised self portraying role in the feature film comedy HAROLD AND KUMAR 2. In the theater world, Neil recently starred in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" at the Geffen Playhouse. His Broadway works... Read more »
Paul F. Tompkins
Paul F. Tompkins is from Philadelphia, PA, where he started performing stand-up comedy in 1986. In 1994, he moved to Hollywood, CA, which led Paul to a stint as a writer and performer on HBO’s MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVID where he was nominated for an Emmy award for writing. Paul also wrote and starred in his own one-man show, DRIVEN TO DRINK... Read more »
Richard Cheese
America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of rock, rap, and Top40 hits, "swankifying" contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards.  Cheese has sold more than 135,000 CDs; his albums include Lounge Against The Machine, Tuxicity, I'd Like A Virgin, Aperitif For Destruction, The Sunny... Read more »
Jonathan Coulton
An independent musician with the heart of a geek, Jonathan Coulton left his day-job as a computer programmer to stay home and write songs. Between 2005 and 2006 he wrote, recorded, and published a new song every week as a free podcast project called “Thing a Week.” This year-long experiment produced 52 consistently well-written and... Read more »
Paul and Storm
Paul Sabourin and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo grew up in the suburbs in the '70s and '80s, which explains a lot. Eventually, after a lot of boring stuff, the two met and helped found the Washington, DC-based a cappella band Da Vinci's Notebook, becoming the group's main songwriting team. Da Vinci's Notebook retired after... Read more »
Blame Society Productions
Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda are best known for their video series Chad Vader, a viral internet sensation that has received over 25 million internet downloads and counting (view it on YouTube). Chad Vader has won over a dozen film festival awards, including the "George Lucas Selects" award from the 2007 Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge. The... Read more »
Veronica Belmont
Veronica is the co-host of Revision3’s tech-centric show, Tekzilla, and Qore on the PlayStation Network. Previous to that, she hosted several other online video shows and podcasts, including Mahalo Daily, Buzz Out Loud, MP3 Insider, and Crave. She also created tech video content for CNET TV, including the popular series Prizefight. Veronica... Read more »
Jason Stephens
While not a man of a million voices, Jason Stephens is capable of approximately 30 distinct impersonations; Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, John Madden, Sean Connery, Mr. T, Nicolas Cage and Gilbert Gottfried among those which actually sound like the individual in question. Aside from mimicry for fun and profit, Jason lives in Madison, WI,... Read more »
Chad Vader
Chad Vader is the younger brother of Darth Vader. He was horribly disfigured in a boyhood accident involving a bicycle, an embankment and a volcano. His life was saved by a hand-me-down life support suit from his older brother, but unfortunately the suit was not able to save Chad's social life. Chad became a stockboy at Empire Market and... Read more »
James Lileks
James Lileks was born in Fargo North Dakota, the son of Norman Rockwell and Betty Crocker. He attended the University of Minnesota for seven years, attending class for five; at the Minnesota Daily he started writing a column that has continued in the Twin Cities market for thirty years.After college he used his English Major to find employment as... Read more »
Bridget Nelson
Bridget (Jones) Nelson was a writer and performer on Mystery Science Theater 3000 playing such roles as Nuvenna: Woman Of The Future, Drunk Girl, Lisa Loeb and Mr. B Natural. Since then she has devoted herself to the very important job of being Mrs. Michael J. Nelson. She spends much of her time looking for things he has misplaced and raising... Read more »
The riffing team from the That Guy with the Glasses web site is Doug Walker (The aforementioned "That Guy"), his older brother, Rob Walker (The Other Guy), and their friend and personal astrologer, Brian Heinz (The Last Angry Geek).  Together, and apart, they've been making fun of things since they were able to talk, and it... Read more »
Mary Jo Pehl
Mary Jo Pehl is a former writer and villain on Mystery Science Theater 3000. In addition to playing the evil nemesis Pearl Forrester, she also played an array of bit parts, including a space mom, an overly-friendly neighbor, a trailer trash party girl, and Jan-In-The-Pan, a head without a body.Since MST3K, Mary Jo has continued writing and acting... Read more »
Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka
Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka runs a website. This website is on the internet. It is called "Something Awful" and you may access this website by typing in whatever device you typically use to accomplish internet-related tasks. Unlike Neal Patrick Harris, Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka does not continue to... Read more »
Josh Fruhlinger
Joshua Fruhlinger was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say "pop". He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that did not supply him with stock options or... Read more »
Janet Varney
Janet Varney works as an actor, writer, and producer in Los Angeles. She has most recently appeared on such shows as Bones, Better Off Ted, How I Met Your Mother, and has been recurring as studio executive Amy Miller on HBO's Entourage. She completed a pilot for ABC in April of this year opposite Leah Remini, Matthew Lillard, and... Read more »
Cole Stratton
  Cole Stratton is currently "paying his dues" in Los Angeles, where he enjoys losing parts to minorly more successful actors such as Barry Levinson's nephew. A noted improviser, he's done crazy make-em ups with Greg Proops, Patton Oswalt, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Rick Overton, Matt Walsh and Jeff Garlin, to name a... Read more »
Ian Potter
Ian Potter is a writer, performer, sound designer and occasional table. He was born in England, in an obscure coastal town called Liverpool. He is almost certainly the most famous person ever to have lived there. He’s written plays for the stage, comedy, drama and documentaries for BBC radio, and written jokes and done obscure researchy... Read more »
Matthew J Elliott
  Matthew J Elliott is a British writer and performer who lives in the town that spawned Georgie Fame, author of Lost Horizon James Hilton, Colin “Chariots of Fire” Welland (his actual middle names, believe it or not), and, apparently, the guy who invented the Spinning Jenny during the Industrial Revolution, but never... Read more »
David D.
David has been working in the production field for over 20 years. He started working at age 14 as a freelance computer specialist and monkey trainer. Later he worked as a Jr. Professor at the Hereshire School for Monkey Behavior Modification. There he worked on various technical contraptions to help house break monkeys and teach them to clean... Read more »
Conor Lastowka
Conor Lastowka has worked as a writer for RiffTrax since 2006. In addition to writing jokes about modern blockbusters, old b-movies, and comically outdated educational shorts, he has been a writer-producer on several RiffTrax Live events broadcast nationwide, and performs as the voice of DisembAudio on RiffTrax MP3s. He is also one of the editors... Read more »
Sean Thomason
At the age of 6, Sean Thomason expressed a career ambition for the first time.  His dream: to be the guy who sits in the carnival dunking booth, heckling people until they sink him.  Sean's parents quietly agreed at that moment that their boy was destined to live out his days as either a comedy writer or a wretched,... Read more »
Jason Martian
After crash landing on earth, Jason Martian got a job as a mild mannered reporter… unfortunately, mild manners were not his forte, so he became an artist instead. He has been a practitioner in the field for over 15 years, now specializing in illustration, painting, photography and graphic design. Jason’s duties for RiffTrax include poster &... Read more »
Erik Peterson
Erik, known to forum-dwellers as torgosPizza, moved to San Diego in October 2006 to pursue his lifelong dream of working with a sentient kitchen appliance. Searching high and low within the current website he happened to be on at the time, he found an ad for a company whose work with DisembAudio, a wisecracking toaster, had garnered international... Read more »
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