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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Coming to Springfield

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Coming to Springfield

October 25, 2019

The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour Will Feature Never-Before-Screened Film Circus of Horrors

"If the tour is coming anywhere near your town, and you consider yourself an MST3K fan, you absolutely owe it to yourself to get a ticket." –

The award-winning TV comedy “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K) is coming to Springfield in an all-new LIVE show featuring Joel Hodgson, original host and the creative vision behind the beloved TV and Netflix comedy series for more than three decades, in his final live tour. Produced by Alternaversal LLC, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour will play the Clark State Performing Arts Center with the never-before-screened film: Circus of Horrors.

Following the wildly successful “Watch Out for Snakes! Tour” in 2017 and “30th Anniversary Tour” in 2018, Hodgson will don the red jumpsuit one final time as Joel Robinson to host Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour alongside the world’s greatest – and only – movie riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy. The show gives fans the chance to sit in the same theater with their favorite characters and promises all of the MST3K signatures and rapid-fire hilarity that have built MST3K’s loyal following over more than 30 years: a cheesy B-movie, hilarious riffing, wisecracking robots, silly sketches, and Hodgson in the red jumpsuit as host Joel Robinson.

“This is our third national tour, and it’s bigger than the first two combined,” said Hodgson. “I really wanted to do something special since it’s my farewell tour with MST3K Live. Also, Tom, Crow, and Gypsy have become such great live performers, I decided to give them the ultimate challenge: a movie riffing robot circus!”

Circus of Horrors is a garish 1960s British thriller showcasing colorful circus acts, plastic surgery, and animal attacks by stagehands in fur suits. Warning: Features pop hit “Look for a Star” over and over again.

“When it was announced that this will be Joel Hodgson’s final live tour performing the unique comedic art form he created, I knew we needed to bring it to Springfield,” said Adele Adkins, executive director of the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

“MST3K contains some of the HIPPEST, deepest SATIRE of the generation.” – Los Angeles Times

Premiering in 1988 on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis, MST3K has earned its place in history as one of the Top 100 TV Shows of all time (Time, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly), receiving multiple Emmy® nominations, and a Peabody Award along the way. Following a recordsetting Kickstarter campaign, the series was revived in 2017 with all new episodes now streaming on Netflix.

“30 years later, that INGENIOUS B-movie spoof is STILL GOING STRONG.” – The New York Times

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 14 at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 South Fountain Avenue in Springfield. Tickets range from $35.75 to $40.90 each and can be purchased at

For the latest tour stops and scheduled films, visit or follow MST3K on Facebook and Instagram.

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