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Local Media Recognition!

February 20th, 2009 by Conor Lastowka · 109 Comments

It was a red letter here day at RiffTrax HQ last week! While media accolades have unceasingly poured in* over our 2.5+ year run here at RiffTrax, our local San Diego media has maintained an eerie, BoingBoing-esque silence regarding our work. Nothing from the local paper, no TV coverage, not even a blurb from the venerable CityBeat. I figure that we have a pretty interesting and unique operation going on here, the kind of thing that could easily make a good arts section story. We’re funny, we give good interviews… Still, nothing. But all that changed last week when a camera crew from NBC San Diego showed up to document how a RiffTrax is put togeth…

Actually, I’m being told that they were here to interview Mike about bacon.

Still, pretty awesome stuff.

*I didn’t want to spend too much time looking for them and could only remember the NY Times one

**MIKE OBSERVES**

RiffTrax and our local NBC affiliate apologize if the video still for this piece frightened your children or caused you to spit up a mouthful coffee all over the screen of your new laptop. I’m usually not that hideous. (Usually meaning, well, fifty-one percent of the time.)

And to answer your question, of course I’m delighted it’s turned out this way: that I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for going on 20 years, have striven to do the finest work, with the finest, most talented people (who I also happen to genuinely like) to the best of my ability, have been blessed to have received good notices and some official recognition in the form of the prestigious Peabody Award, Emmy Award nominations, some notice of my books, including my novel, for which I am very pleased. I have done much work on pilots and projects that have never seen the light of day, unfortunately, but that have brought me in contact with people whom I respect, people at the highest level in their respective fields, and have no doubt I will work with again.

Now, however, I am “that Bacon Guy.”

The jury’s still out on which is better.

*****

BILL adds:

This is not related in any specific way to Mike’s month of smoked pigflesh, but… I saw this cry of pain on Twitter today, from some prominent web geek trendsetter type young man:

“Enough! I f**king get it! You like bacon!”

about 14 hours ago from web

Tags: In the Media · Month o' Bacon · RiffTrax · bacon

109 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Earl Fando on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Conor,

    Don’t sweat it. Bacon outpaces even U2 and Julia Roberts for publicity, and is rapidly making-up ground on Obama. (Another week or two and he’d kill for bacon-like publicity.)

    Actually, I have no way to empirically prove this, but I’m certain it’s true.

  • 2 The Killmobile on Feb 20, 2009 at 9:11 am

    The Word, she spreads.

  • 3 Leslie on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Ah, I know what I should have gotten Mike for Valetine’s Day: bacon chocolate. It’s apparently some sort of glorious mash up between bacon and chocolate and although it wouldn’t work for this bacon-only month, I think it is something that needs to be tested by a bacon aficionado (geez, I’ve never before typed the word bacon so much as did just then).

    behold:
    http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/product/bacon_exotic_candy_bar/exotic_candy_bars

  • 4 zack on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Pretty awesome stuff.

  • 5 Incurable Insomniac on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Mike, when are you going to give a Spam diet a try?

  • 6 LucysBane on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Leslie – I’ve had bacon choco before, and it’s GOOD. Srsly. The perfect, delicate balance of savory and sweet.

    Good stoner food. :D

  • 7 michael on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Bow down before us, San Diego!!!

  • 8 Lyndsey on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hey NBC San Diego- less stock footage of preparing bacon and more of MIKE TALKING! Sheesh!

  • 9 Mr. Alexander on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I think Mike’s discovered the fabled Jackass Paradox: actual talent will always garner you less recognition than the morbid possibility that you may be about to do yourself a public injury. Hilarious RiffTrax for Jaws debuts this month? Cue the crickets. Mike’s heart may explode and you get to watch? Get this man an Emmy!

  • 10 Simes on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:46 am

    That reporter needs to work on his exclamations of mock surprise.

  • 11 Rob T Firefly on Feb 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    The placeholding still-shot in this clip is awesome all by itself.

  • 12 NanoRunner on Feb 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I knew he’d end up more famous for this month than for everything else he’s done so far…

  • 13 Ninjew on Feb 20, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I want to know what different varieties of bacon he bought on his little supermarket excursion.

    It could be the start of a whole new dieting craze.

    The RIFFTRAX Bacon-izer diet plan!

  • 14 Zee on Feb 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Were you punking him, Mike?

  • 15 AmandaGal on Feb 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Me too. Ridiculous stunts outweight talent.

    I think Kevin and Bill need to give this weird diet thing a go. Maybe one of them could do the Spam diet. Only organ meats for a month maybe (and I think that might actually kill someone, unlike bacon, so . . . maybe they shouldn’t try. . . on the other hand, think of the publicity).

  • 16 Remmie Barrow on Feb 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    (our local San Diego media has maintained an eerie, BoingBoing-esque silence regarding our work.)

    Let it go, Man…Stop obsessing about BoingBoing…It’s not healthy.

  • 17 Remmie Barrow on Feb 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Unlike bacon…which is healthy.

  • 18 Scott on Feb 20, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    It wouldn’t kill you to show up at the Oscars, bacon Burning Man between the two of you to catch the celebrities’ attention, then interview them and do some live ‘riffing. At least one newspaper would notice. Or, you’d be able to snap a few photos of celebrities posing with Billy “Burning Man” Bacon (sort of a Big Mouth Billy Bass in progress). Plus, there are a lot of hams at the Oscars.

  • 19 Ginger on Feb 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I can’t help but wonder if Mike’s terrified expression in the video still is what he really thinks of the interview as a whole…

  • 20 Tv Miller on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I’m seeing Rifftrax branded Bacon. Bill raises some swine, Kevin slaughters and Mike QAs.

    Riffbacon, we don’t make bacon, we make it bacon.

  • 21 James Shearhart on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I’d hazard a guess that Kevin would start a beer-based diet. Or at least set out to prove the Guinness is indeed Good For You….

  • 22 James Shearhart on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    That was the Greatest Thing Ever so far this hour….

  • 23 Jmaes on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    If this was a local San Diego interview, why is the video banner “NBCCHICAGO.COM”?

  • 24 OmegaRowsdower on Feb 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Afterward, they should release BaconTrax

  • 25 Rat Boy on Feb 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I smell a book deal!

  • 26 Katie M. on Feb 20, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Mike, if you call yourself “hideous” one more time I am going to Stooge-slap you with a slab of bacon.

    Mmm. Bacon.

  • 27 OxfordProle on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Seconded. If your entire career is going to be reduced (or elevated, not sure which is better yet myself) to being “The Bacon Guy,” then you gotta milk that pork loin for everything it’s worth.

    Also, I am selfish and really want another Mike Nelson book. :)

  • 28 Bullwinkle on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I just googled “the bacon diet” and mike is all over the place

  • 29 Ginger on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Same here. “Mind Over Matters” is my go-to book now and made me fall in love with essays. …I know, that’s weird.

  • 30 Erik @ RiffTrax on Feb 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    It was sent to NBC affiliates across the country.

  • 31 Jouva on Feb 20, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Try viewing your site through “baconlicious!”

    http://bacolicio.us/http://blog.rifftrax.com/category/bacon/

    It’s fricking awesome.

  • 32 Mr. Slick on Feb 21, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Wait! Mike’s eating bacon? WHAAAAA?!!!!!!

  • 33 karen on Feb 21, 2009 at 5:22 am

    oh my. I had no idea Michael was so TALL!!! it must be all the smaller pictures we see of him as the movie shots for the current riff of the week. :)

  • 34 James Mc on Feb 21, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I thought this was all a ruse because you guys ran out of ideas for the blog. I didn’t think it was plausible that Mike was actually eating swine-rind on a daily basis. I stand corrected (not to mention confused and concerned)

  • 35 jmccance on Feb 21, 2009 at 8:22 am

    If only NBC would release an extended edition of this interview. Based on the footage, they clearly interviewed him at his local meat-purveyor, only to use the results as silent footage and keep his delicious strips of fatty wisdom for themselves!

    Seriously, Mike: share the wisdom. Tell us more of your recommendations, your recipes, your disappointments! At the very least, what’s the best bacon you’ve found for under $6.99 per pound?*

    * The price of center-cut bacon at my local Kroger.

  • 36 Kim on Feb 21, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Agreed. Adding a Mike Nelson bacon book to Megacheese, Mind Over Matters and Death Rat…would be the icing on the cake. If you’ll allow the analogy.

  • 37 Ginger on Feb 21, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I’ll provide the back-up strips for when he still doesn’t get it.

  • 38 Katie M. on Feb 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Ahem –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_covered_bacon

  • 39 AJ on Feb 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I don’t care what anyone say’s Mike, you’re my total hero!

  • 40 Houndstooth Mind on Feb 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Like I said on a previous thread. Bacon awareness ribbons and bracelets. Think about it!

  • 41 Gina on Feb 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    That’s probably the only thing that could get me interested in the Oscars this year. Even Hugh Jackman, cute as he is, isn’t quite cute enough. But BACON, now . . .

  • 42 Gina on Feb 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I thought the same. I hope he’s at least drinking lots of orange juice (supposed to be good against the nitrates, I’ve heard).

  • 43 Hayden on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    MIKE!!!! Move to Lubbock and attend Bacon Heights Baptist Church!

  • 44 AJ on Feb 22, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I also provide a big box of tea bags for Mike if he say’s it again. I know you dislike tea Mr Nelson, I’ve read your book!

  • 45 Jason on Feb 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Someone must have mentioned this to you by now, but if they haven’t, can you PLEASE end your month of bacon with a Bacon Explosion?

    http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/

  • 46 Eddie Colton on Feb 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    You should make it clear that you’re doing this because you’re insane, not as a weight loss plan. “Diet” has a different meaning when you say it preceded by a food item on television.

  • 47 NanoRunner on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Like when they say “sugar toasted chocolaty flakes with marshmellows is part of this healthy diet”?

  • 48 Kenji on Feb 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Digg it!

  • 49 Barry on Feb 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    This is what the world must look like through Mike’s eyes:
    http://tinyurl.com/argyoe

  • 50 smith on Feb 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    holy crap youve lost weight!? im gonna try this, wish me luck

  • 51 Leah on Feb 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Michael is the name of a champion!

    Jordan, Tyson, Jackson, Phelps, and now Nelson: The conqueror of the pork belly…Unfortunately all the aforementioned have since fallen from their pillars of glory and let us down. (I’ll note Jordan’s attempt at MLB isn’t comparable to child molestation charges, battery & ear biting, or bong smoking…but it still hurt.)

    Michael J Nelson is the Olympian of bacon lovers across the world. Fight the good fight. Finish strong, the little people need you.

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    ordan, Tyson, Jackson, Phelps, and now Nelson: The conqueror of the pork belly…Unfortunately all the aforementioned have since fallen from their pillars of glory and let us down. (I’ll note Jordan’s attempt at

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