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'The Room' gets the 'MST3K' treatment, and Tommy Wiseau weighs in

The guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 are going back into The Room, and it’s going to be the funniest thing you’ll see all year. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett are taking on Tommy Wiseau’s famous feature again for RiffTrax Live: The Room, which will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, before being performed a second time for a live broadcast to movie theaters across the United States and Canada on May 6 and May 12.

For those of you who don’t know what RiffTrax is, it’s just like MST3K—Mike, Kevin, and Bill take any movie (even the good ones!) and make it better by providing side-splitting commentary. You’re pretty much guaranteed to cry with laughter, and possibly do a spit-take or two.

For those of you who don’t know what The Room is, the film’s star, writer, director, and producer, Tommy Wiseau, answered a few questions forthe EW Community—and he’s totally okay with the skewering of his movie.

“Long story short, they sent me a proposal and I approved the proposal,” Wiseau told us. “I’m pro-freedom, so I said why not, let people have fun.”

The Room has been a popular title for discussion since its original release in 2003. The gist of it is that banker Johnny (Wiseau) wants a happy life with his fiancée Lisa (Juliette Danielle), but Lisa is cheating on him with his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). Meanwhile, other characters around the trio have their own problems. It’s a simple premise for what EW‘s own Clark Collis referred to as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.”

The Room has become one of the most cult-classic flicks ever made, continuing to sell out regular screenings, spawning an unofficial video game on Newgrounds, and having been parodied by Patton Oswalt and Jon Hamm on Oswalt’s 2009 DVD My Weakness Is Strong. Sestero’s memoir about the production, The Disaster Artist, is being adapted into its own movie, produced by Seth Rogen and starring James Franco. This is one of those films everyone has at least heard of. If you haven’t seen it, now is the perfect time.

This marks the second occasion that the RiffTrax team has played off The Room, after having previously riffed it in 2009, and you can bet the second time around will be even better than the first. Previous RiffTrax Live shows have lampooned Starship Troopers, Anaconda, the Matthew Broderick version of Godzilla, and a 1959 Mexican holiday film called Santa Claus. They also once did a take on the unrelated classroom short “Setting Up a Room,” which is basically 27 minutes of teachers putting blocks on shelves. There’s nothing that these guys can’t make entertaining.

If you don’t believe us, here’s the trailer for RiffTrax Live: The Room:

Wiseau isn’t bothered by the jokes; in fact, he’s looking forward to seeing what Mike, Kevin, and Bill do with his film. “It’s funny, the way they make fun of The Room or any other movie,” he said. “I’m thrilled to work with with them, and I think they’re very cool people. It’s something unique, something different, and I think people will enjoy themselves.”

“I always encourage people to express themselves, as long as they’re doing it in a sincere way,” he continued.

With The Room‘s 12th anniversary coming up on June 27, Wiseau is still very much involved with the film’s fandom. He holds regular Q&A sessions once a month, and screenings of the film at San Francisco’s Clay Theater. He’ll be traveling to Los Angeles’ Regent Theater to appear at midnight showings on June 5 and 6, and will also visit Philadelphia’s Ritz at the Bourse for a pair of screenings on July 10 and 11.

He is also the writer, producer, director, and one of the stars of the sitcom The Neighbors, which has four episodes available on Hulu, with more on the way. And he’s in progress on another project, entitled The Foreclosure, as well as venturing into voiceover work. Yet his most famous credit will likely always be The Room.

What does Wiseau think of the fact that the independent film he made 12 years ago has become so infamous that it’s still talked about—and being riffed on by the masters of cinematic comedy—today?

“I really enjoy it, to be honest with you,” he reflected. “I didn’t anticipate it would still continue. After all these years, we still have good attendance in the theaters, and people really enjoy it. To me, it’s a thrill and it’s a compliment. I guess I did something right!”

For tickets to RiffTrax Live: The Room on May 6 or 12, visit Fathom Events. For more on RiffTrax and to check out their huge back catalogue of riffs, visit RiffTrax.com.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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