A familiar face will be heckling the hecklers when Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns.
Series creator Joel Hodgson announced on Monday that actor and comedian Patton Oswalt is joining the MST3K team as the new Evil Henchman, TV’s Son of TV’s Frank.
On the project’s Kickstarter page, Hodgson wrote that he’s seen Oswalt as a “kindred spirit, and damn funny too” ever since the comedian performed live commentary for the MTV Awards around 14 years ago.
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“Since then, obviously, he’s bloomed into this amazing comedy/Internet dynamo,” said Hodgson, “and I’ve gotta tell you: I’ve seen a lot of stand-ups over the years, but — no lie — Patton really is one of the best ever. And just as important, he’s a very fun, articulate and witty soul — just the kind of person who we’ve always tried to bring onboard for MST3K.”
Oswalt, who will also be a special guest writer on the program, joined in on the announcement, saying in a video and on Twitter, “I am ready to push the button.”
The actor joins previously announced cast members Felicia Day, set to play the daughter of the original series’ mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu), and Jonah Ray, the new host. Comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn will voice the robots in the peanut gallery, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo.
The Kickstarter to revive the cult favorite — which began as a public access show, aired on Comedy Central for seven years, and concluded its run in 1999 with another three seasons at Syfy — has already surpassed $3.4 million, guaranteeing at least six episodes from Hodgson and his crew. The campaign aims for a 12-episode season.