Joel Hodgson

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Born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Joel Hodgson is best known as a stand-up comedian and creator of the cult favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). Hodgson is also a toy designer, prop builder, sculptor, writer and producer. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues writing and performing. See full bio »

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Women of the Prehistoric Planet (S2, Ep4)
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The Crawling Hand (S2, Ep6)
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  Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (TV Series) (creator - 18 episodes, 2017 - 2018) (writer - 18 episodes, 2017 - 2018) (created by - 2 episodes, 2018)
- Ator, the Fighting Eagle (2018) ... (creator)
- Killer Fish (2018) ... (creator)
- The Day Time Ended (2018) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Lords of the Deep (2018) ... (creator) / (writer)
- Atlantic Rim (2018) ... (creator) / (writer)
 2009 Cinematic Titanic: East Meets Watts (Video) (creator - writer)
 2009 Cinematic Titanic: Blood of the Vampires (Video) (creator)
 2008 Cinematic Titanic: The Wasp Woman (Video) (creator) / (written by)
 2008 Cinematic Titanic: Doomsday Machine (Video) (creator) / (written by)
 2007 Cinematic Titanic: The Oozing Skull (Video) (creator) / (written by)
 2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (TV Series) (writer - 109 episodes)
- Episode #1.150 (2003) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.149 (2003) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.148 (2003) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.147 (2003) ... (writer)
- Episode #1.146 (2003) ... (writer)
 2001 Mr. B's Lost Shorts (Video)
 2001 You Don't Know Jack (TV Series)
  Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (creator - 187 episodes, 1988 - 1999) (written by - 86 episodes, 1989 - 1993) (writer - 21 episodes, 1988 - 1989) (created by - 12 episodes, 1990 - 1998)
- Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) ... (creator)
- Diabolik (1999) ... (creator)
- Squirm (1999) ... (creator)
- Horrors of Spider Island (1999) ... (creator)
- It Lives by Night (1999) ... (creator)
 1998 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Shorts (Video) (creator)
 1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! (Video) (written by)
 1996 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (television series "Mystery Science Theater 3000")
 1995 MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (TV Special) (creator)
 1995 The TV Wheel (TV Movie)
 1995 Space Ghost Coast to Coast (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Urges (1995) ... (writer)
 1990 Higgins Boys and Gruber (TV Series) (creator - 1990)
 1987 Melon Drop 1988 (TV Special)
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Alternate Names:

Joel and The Joels | Joel and the Joels

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5' 10" (1.78 m)
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If you take a deal in Hollywood now, you pretty much have to take notes. If we went to someone for the money to make six or eight or 12 shows, they would go "Okay, but we really have some strong opinions on how you need to do it." And "Mystery Science Theater" was really rare in that the Comedy Channel [which was later redubbed Comedy Central] was so busy getting a network going that they really ... See more »

Trivia:

When the Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) theatrical film was being made, the studio wanted him to come back and do the film as a kind of origin story for the show, but he declined. Similarly, when he did a guest appearance on MST3K in the episode "Soultaker" he declined to do the running gag commentary because he hadn't taken part in writing it, much to the disappointment of fans who wanted ... See more »

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The Gizmocrat

Star Sign:

Pisces

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