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. She is a regular contributor to Minnesota Monthly, and her writing has also appeared in such publications as the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Austin Monthly, The Rake, and Catholic Digest (ask her about the circus priest some time). Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Life's A Stitch: The Best of Contemporary Women's Humor, and Travelers' Tales: The Thong Also Rises.

Mary Jo most recently co-hosted a weekly radio show on FM107 in the Twin Cities. In addition, her commentaries have aired on NPR's All Things Considered and Weekend America; KUT in Austin, Texas; The Savvy Traveler on Public Radio International; and Prairie Public Radio in North Dakota. She does voice-overs here and there, and has most recently trod the boards in Starting Gate's production A View From The Bridge, and the radio play "A Rose for Emily" with Austin's Violet Crown Radio Players.

Mary Jo continues to pursue her dream of being just famous enough to be the "special guest appearance by" in touring productions of "Grease", and a highly sought-after commencement speaker.

Visit Mary Jo at her website!

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