7th Annual MST Club Holiday Video Marathon Social Distancing Edition December 22, 2020 4:48 PM   Subscribe

It's time again for that weird thing we do, which is program 72 hours of specials, bad Christmas movies, MST3K episodes and other things. It's MST Club's 2020 Holiday Video Marathon! We usually put this in for intermittent yuletide jollies and destress, to help people relax at an often frustrating time of year. This year, with so many people sensibly staying home for the holidays, it promises both to be less and more stressful than usual. Anyone can come by and watch weird stuff with us, members or not! Our show runs from December 23 through to midnight December 25. Details inside!

Previous years: 2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014

We have a chat room attached so people can joke along with the show, but it's fine to lurk or have us on in the background! We do this by the seats of our collective pants, but we have a vague sort of theme schedule. We are open to reading the crowd to see what people would like though. Our plans (times are Eastern) are:

DEC 23:
Morning: specials, riffing
Afternoon: Rankin-Bass
Evening-Night: MST3K and other riffing, miscellaneous

DEC 24:
Morning: more specials
Early afternoon: Christmas episodes of old TV shows -- Jack Benny, Burns & Allen
Evening-Night: MST3K and other riffing, our favorite specials

DEC 25:
Morning: Quiet time -- Yule logs, specials
Afternoon: Our standards -- classic riffing
Evening-Night: Winding down, non-holiday fare

Our moderator list this year is TheSnakeOfArgument, valkane, StarkRoads, Satri and TV's Ilana. oneswellfoop might be helping too but has been having computer issues lately.

Some of our items are from the Rifftrax catalog. While we have a terrific hodge-podge of material from them, we try to make sure that everything we have is bought and paid for. Please give them your support!
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter-Related at 4:48 PM (16 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

You don't even wanna attempt a 2020 version so you are rerunning last year?
posted by wheelieman at 5:11 PM on December 22, 2020

Sigh, I looked right over that, is why. Maybe I'm just in denial.
posted by JHarris at 6:26 PM on December 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

Mod note: Fixed the post to say 2020, with a little help from my friend Blast Hardcheese
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:32 PM on December 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I like to imagine him showing up on his fierce battle zamboni to lend a hand.
posted by JHarris at 7:51 PM on December 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

He tried to kill me with a forklift.
posted by valkane at 9:22 PM on December 22, 2020 [2 favorites]

The death of Rick Springfield! “I just wish I had JESSIE’S Giiirrrrllllllll....”
posted by porn in the woods at 11:32 PM on December 22, 2020

We've started out with some non-Christmas MST3K, since several of us are on. Just starting now is ROBOT HOLOCAUST.
posted by JHarris at 11:56 PM on December 22, 2020

Thanks for putting us on the sidebar mods! We're now into the first special portion of our show.
posted by JHarris at 5:46 AM on December 23, 2020

[ack, made this comment in the wrong thread]
posted by JHarris at 1:05 PM on December 23, 2020

It's been progressing well! We've got 24 hours to go, got a lot of things planned for tomorrow....
posted by JHarris at 8:59 PM on December 24, 2020 [1 favorite]

I don't get around to the viewings as much as I'd like to, but I just wanted to say thank you so much, @JHarris for all the wonderful things you do for us Mefite MSTies; it is truly appreciated.
posted by Bill Watches Movies Podcast at 11:29 AM on December 25, 2020 [3 favorites]

Hear hear!!
posted by JanetLand at 1:44 PM on December 25, 2020 [1 favorite]

What Bill Watches Movies Podcast said. I’m sorry I could only hang out some on the 23rd but it was super fun. Thanks JHarris!
posted by Bella Donna at 2:45 PM on December 25, 2020 [1 favorite]

I'm glad you guys could make it! We got up to 19 people once, but the median was probably 13 or so. I'll write a more full recap later.
posted by JHarris at 10:23 PM on December 25, 2020

This was fun - thanks!
posted by eotvos at 1:22 AM on December 27, 2020 [1 favorite]

The high number of people there was lower than previous years, I think we topped out at 17, but once we got solidly underway I don't think we dipped below 5, even in the morning of the 25th, which is often empty. Sadly, I suffered some pretty heavy sleep debt myself on the 25th, which I had saved some of my favorite bits, the Ice Cream Bunny and the Star Wars Holiday Special, so I missed out on many of my favorite moments. But it wasn't the first time that's happened.

Thanks again everyone who showed up. We are doing something for New Year's Eve, then we'll go back to being that corner of Fanfare that posts twice a week for some reason for the coming year.
posted by JHarris at 3:33 AM on December 27, 2020 [2 favorites]

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