MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000 is one of my favorite TV shows ever, one of the few that I'm still sorta hurt and annoyed that it went off the air. So many more bad movies left to ridicule! So little time! But still 11 years and 197 episodes seems more than enough for such an oddball concept and charmingly low budget (more accurately, no budget) program with obscure references that demanded that God invent the Internet. But screw it, I'm greedy. I wanted more.
Anyway, for those that already know (or completely ignorant), MST3K in it's lengthy history had two hosts. For the first 100 epsodes, show creator Joel Hodgson was the MC. After a creative control fight with producer Jim Mallon, he left the show and appointed the show's head writer Michael J. Nelson to replace him, a gig he would keep until the show's cancellation. Notably both men in recent years have kept up the spirit of MST3K with their own seperate riffing businesses, Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax. (The latter as a bright side now can ridicule blockbusters and movies people actually want to see.)
Who was better? I still remember back in the day the bitter Internet debates about who the fans prefered. Personally I loved both, both basically pissed the shit out of turkeys, just Joel was more dry and conceptual while Michael was more on the nose? Slapstick I don't know, except it was funny too. So who do you pick?
(Unfortunately one knock against Mike, he's unfortunately a real right wing nut in real life. Shame really to find that out about a TV figure you were a fan of. Oh well.)