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The Mads: The Choppers – Live riffing with MST3K’s The Mads!

February 9, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


About this Event

The Mads are back! Join Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (“Dr. Clayton Forrester” and “TV’s Frank”) for this special livestream event as they live-riff on 1961 film The Choppers! A post-show Q&A with Frank & Trace and a very special guest TBA!

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Friends In Need Food Shelf in Minneapolis.

Frank Conniff is a comedy writer and performer who began his TV career writing for the Peabody award-winning series Mystery Science Theater 3000, where he also played “TV’s Frank,” the bumbling yet lovable mad scientist sidekick. He then went on to be a writer, producer and actor on the ABC TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and he was a writer and producer on The Drew Carey Show on ABC, The New Tom Green Show on MTV, and the satirical series O2BE on the Oxygen Network, where he was also a cast member. He was head writer of the animated Nickelodeon series, Invader Zim, and also was a writer and producer for the Air America Radio network, where he provided material for on-air personalities Rachel Maddow, Marc Maron, Lizz Winstead, Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, and Randi Rhodes. He was a writer and performer on Viewpoint with John Fugelsang on Current TV, and on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on the FXX network, and he also writes and performs on The Jimmy Dore Show on Pacifica Radio.

Trace Beaulieu is a comic actor, writer, performer. He was a founding member of the Emmy- nominated, Peabody Award-winning, cult hit show Mystery Science Theater 3000. In addition to writing, occasionally directing, designing and building sets and props, Trace performed the puppet character Crow T. Robot, and mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester. He repeated these roles in the 1996 film version of the show, MST3K: The Movie. Trace wrote for ABC’s America’s Funniest Videos for nine seasons. He played a recurring character on Freaks and Geeks, and has had cameo appearances on The West Wing and Arrested Development. For six years, he toured with the original cast of MST3K in a live movie riffing show called CINEMATIC TITANIC.

For press inquiries: chris@dumb-industries.com


Q: Can I watch this anywhere in the world?

A: Yes. As long as you have internet access you will be able to watch and/or download the show.

Q: What is the format of the show like? Will there be silhouettes like on MST3K?

A: While the film plays, only the voices of The Mads will be heard riffing. Trace & Frank will only be on screen during the very beginning for a quick intro and again at the end of the show for a Q&A.

Q: Where will the livestream be broadcast?

A: The show will broadcast via a private YouTube link which will be sent to ticket holders an hour prior to showtime.

Q: Can I watch the show on my TV?

A: Probably! If you have a smartphone and a streaming device (like Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, etc.) you should be able to “cast” from the YouTube app on your phone to the YouTube app on your streaming device. Availability of this feature depends on your own personal setup. Visit here for instructions.

Q: Can I still watch the event even if I can’t tune in live?

A: Yes! Anyone who purchases a ticket prior to showtime will receive a link to download the show within 24 hours of the broadcast ending. If you don’t receive an email with instructions on how to access your download after 24 hours, please email chris@dumb-industries.com.

Q: I never got an email confirmation or instructions on how to access the livestream and/or download. Help!

A: Email chris@dumb-industries.com for any issues regarding not receiving emails.

Q: I missed last month’s event! Can I buy a download of the show?

A: At the moment, we only offer downloads of these shows to those who purchase tickets prior to going live. We are working on an option to access past events though, so stay tuned!

Q: What happens if the livestream is interrupted?

A: If for any reason the livestream gets interrupted on our end, all ticket holders will receive a link to download a recording of the show’s dress rehearsal, recorded live the night before.

Q: The password you sent me for a previous show isn’t working. What gives?

A: We change the passwords on the shows every 30 days to prevent link sharing. If you are receiving an error while attempting to download a past show, please email chris@dumb-industries.com for assistance. Better yet – please download your file within 30 days!

Q: Have you sent out the email with the link to watch the livestream yet?

A: The link to access the livestream will be sent to you via email about an hour prior to showtime (so around 7pm ET). It will also be posted on the event’s “Online Event Page” on Eventbrite. If you don’t see it in your email, check your spam folder! And don’t hesitate to email Chris if you still don’t see it (chris@dumb-industries.com).

Q: Where can I buy official Mads merchandise?

A: Tim Holly designs The Mads’ t-shirts and posters and can be purchased on his website.

Q: Can I gift a ticket to a friend?

A: Yes! If you are doing this, make sure to enter their name and email address on the attendee’s info at checkout. This way they’ll receive all the emails on how to access the livestream and download the show afterwards. If you forgot to enter their info, just email chris@dumb-industries.com to update it.


February 9, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm