Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson

Highest Rated: 80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

Lowest Rated: 25% Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)

Birthday: Feb 20, 1960

Birthplace: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

Joel Hodgson began his performing career as a teen magician in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but by the time he was attending college in Minneapolis in the late 1970s, he had begun branching out into a more absurdist style of stand-up comedy making extensive use of whimsical inventions he dubbed "gizmonics." Far more cerebral and surreal than Gallagher-style prop comics, Hodgson stood out from conventional stand-up comedians, and by age 22, he was appearing regularly on both "Late Night With David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live." Burned out on stand-up, he retreated to his adopted hometown of Minneapolis in the mid-'80s and with the help of a local television producer named Jim Mallon created a TV show called "Mystery Science Theater 3000." The series used Hodgson's gizmonics and puppets to make fun of the goofy public-domain movies otherwise gathering dust in the library of Minneapolis' KTMA-TV. After one season at KTMA, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" was picked up by The Comedy Channel (soon rebranded Comedy Central) and became one of the biggest cult favorites of the 1990s. However, behind the scenes, Hodgson and Mallon were clashing about the show's direction, and Hodgson ended up leaving his own show in 1993, replaced onscreen by head writer Michael J. Nelson. Hodgson partnered with his brother Jim to form a post-production studio that provides effects for television shows and largely retired from performing, although he did have a small recurring role on another cult favorite, "Freaks and Geeks."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
25% 27% Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves Screenwriter - 1997
80% 88% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie Writer,
Original Music
$475.7K 1996

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet MST3K Shorts Director 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Backlot Unknown (Character) 2020
100% 91% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return Ardy (Guest Star),
Creator
2017-2018
100% 87% Steven Universe Mayor Bill Dewey (Guest Voice) 2017-2018 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet RiffTrax Guest 2016
85% 90% Other Space Zalien Fletcher (Character) 2015
No Score Yet 88% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2012
100% 96% Freaks and Geeks Salesman (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Ghost: Coast to Coast Guest 1996

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