Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live is Coming to the Taft Theatre This November

The 'bots and their humans will be riffing on "Making Contact," Roland Emmerich's 1985 sci-fi thriller about a boy, a ventriloquist dummy, a dead dad and a toy phone.

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A cheesy film and riffing robots

The Satellite of Love is getting ready to crash land in the Queen City.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is bringing its live tour back to Cincinnati this fall, complete with riffing robot sidekicks GPC (fka Gypsy), Tom Servo and Cro(ooooo)w. 

MST3K's "Time Bubble Tour" will be stopping by the Taft Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 4. Tickets are available at and The Taft Theatre box office.

The non-space-bound touring troupe of Emily Marsh, Conor McGiffin, Nate Begle and Yvonne Freese (most recently of MST3K's "Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour") will be joining the 'bots for a screening of Making Contact, a 1985 sci-fi thriller by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) about a boy, a dummy, a dead dad and a toy phone. describes the plot as such: "Believing to be able to communicate with his deceased father, a young boy develops psychic powers where he uses them to try to stop supernatural forces threatening his family and friends, especially a possessed ventriloquist dummy."

Surprisingly it has a 22% on Rotten Tomatoes (would have expected worse), whereas Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return on Netflix has a 100% on the Tomatometer. (Netflix canceled the series revamp in 2019 and show creator Joel Hodgson launched a Kickstarter in 2021 to help fund new episodes via Gizmoplex.)

So what can audiences expect during this evening of cinema and comedy? Obviously the series' patented satirical commentary while the film plays, but also various "silly" sketches. 

“I’m thrilled to announce that the MST3K live show is back on the road for audiences to enjoy together again, especially after a year that's been tough on all of us. I’ve learned to never underestimate the power of hanging with friends and watching a cheesy movie while bots yell stuff at the screen,” said Hodgson, who supervised the creation of this tour, in a press release.

MST3K is celebrating more than three decades of wonderfully bizarre humor. The series, which premiered in 1988 on KMTA-TV in Minneapolis, has won a Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence and multiple Emmys.

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