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Your Pauls, your Storms, your Coultonses

May 21st, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 50 Comments

Jonathan Coulton, along with Paul & Storm, go through the extensive, rigorous and often very painful RiffTrax training program.


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50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eliot on May 21, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Great look at the RiffTrax office as a bonus. I sort of always thought RiffTrax was run out of Mike’s garage.

  • 2 Cerulean on May 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I had always pictured some sort of wood shed.

  • 3 thecitychicken on May 21, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Hee hee! Awesome.

  • 4 awfulgoodmovies on May 21, 2009 at 8:27 am


    No bathroom break?! So the fart sounds are never fake!?!?

  • 5 Kim on May 21, 2009 at 8:40 am

    My sound card is malfunctioning, but just watching Kevin’s body language was enough to crack me up!

  • 6 Kris on May 21, 2009 at 8:53 am

    I still think it’s done out of Mike’s garage-shed. (With a Port ‘o Potty out back for business meetings.) They just hijacked this office space for the video. I bet if they didn’t cut it just then, you’d see beefy security guys tackling Mike and carting him off to the big house.

  • 7 Mystok on May 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Poor Kevin. All that frustration and no donuts too! He needs to get away with Kalgon to some warehouse in space.

  • 8 Mike Nelson on May 21, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Occasionally, if we promise to mop up afterward, Legend Films let us use their conference room. Then it’s back to the garage.

  • 9 randommanthefirst on May 21, 2009 at 10:47 am


    I guess they could get in some therapeutic rail kills or something.

  • 10 Bill Corbett on May 21, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Even the old guy who owns the garage doesn’t know we work there. He just doesn’t see / hear very well, and we try to time our work for when he’s napping.

  • 11 mathey on May 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hotel Rawanda!

    I LOVE that game!

  • 12 Casey on May 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I really hate to hear Keven mention his blood pressure… before you know it he will only be involved in the “less tedious” movies and appear less and less. Until the dreaded blog post “I’ve had a good run guys! keep riffing!” *troubled sigh*

  • 13 randommanthefirst on May 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    You’re right.

    Kevin clearly needs a pressure release valve for those more frustrating moments in his work. Though, it may cause a bit of a mess. Luckily, Mike agreed to mop up above.

  • 14 Darth Chimay on May 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    My favorite thing about the video? Bill’s constant looking at the camera, even before acknowledging anyone has entered the room.

  • 15 Lord Bob on May 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Kevin reminds me so much of my uncle. Every summer he’d take me out fishing on the take, and he’d show me how to bait my hook and cast my line, and he’d get a forty of single-malt whisky in him and he’d belt me with a hedge trimmer he kept in the boat for some reason and mom took me to the hospital and I wasn’t allowed to see that uncle until he checked into rehab… yes, fond memories.

  • 16 Erica on May 21, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I know this is a dumb comment to make but Mike’s watch is fabulous!

  • 17 norgavue on May 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Looks as if one must go through a lot of pain to become a great riffer.

  • 18 Damon B. on May 21, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    What’s all this about Branson, now?

  • 19 CrowTeeRobot on May 21, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I have a pretty awesome, garage with an upstairs that you guys could meet in, if you’re ever working in the northeast. I promise it’s probably at least 69% rat and Octoberfester free.

  • 20 CrowTeeRobot on May 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Is it cold in that office mike?

  • 21 jfe on May 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Apparently you die if you eat the chicken tenders there.

  • 22 jfe on May 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I wonder which was harder to get in to, the Wiffenpoofs or the Spizzwinks(?)?

  • 23 Lord Bob on May 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    It’s like a stupid version of “The Ring”.

    But, then, I repeat myself…

  • 24 Queen Bee on May 22, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Mr. Nelson, you are looking tremendously non-doughy these days. All the violent beatings must make for a tremendous workout.

  • 25 Ben on May 22, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Geez, what a sausage fest! Not even an overt crossdresser in the bunch. The room needs an estrogen infusion to mellow itself out (except during PMS time).

  • 26 Kelly on May 22, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I was thinking the same thing regarding Mike looking tremendously non-doughy. Huh – the bacon stupidity diet really does work!

  • 27 Bill Corbett on May 22, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Hm. But the premise of the video is not “Mike and the camera guy are INVISIBLE.”

  • 28 puerileuwaite on May 22, 2009 at 6:35 am

    I had no idea you guys were that affluent and Corporate American. Looks like you don’t need MY money.

  • 29 puerileuwaite on May 22, 2009 at 6:39 am


  • 30 Lexie on May 22, 2009 at 9:03 am

    But what a wonderful premise that would be! Reminiscent of NO SPRINGS!

  • 31 Edgewriter on May 22, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Paul and Storm are formerly the guys with the enormous penises
    (No actual penises in the video btw)

  • 32 Lord Bob on May 22, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Ah, but Mike is still a doughy midWesterner in spirit, I am sure. You can take the dough out of the Nelson but you can’t take the Nelson out of the dough. Something like that.

  • 33 BEMaven on May 22, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Yes, but is your office considered NSFW?

  • 34 chrismartindeed on May 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Well, the camera discreetly avoided showing their femmy pants.

  • 35 Blue Raja on May 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    “Snappy?” And I suppose they also thought they were supposed to use a Daddy Day CARE reference, right?


  • 36 Mike on May 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hi, nice posts there :-) thank’s for the interesting information

  • 37 Music-chan on May 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    You know, I have to say, it’s a blast seeing you guys on video. Sort of reminds me of the ‘good ol’ days’, except WAY cooler.

  • 38 Earl Fando on May 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I wish we had seen the garage. I for one want to know what kind of wheels Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett cruise in. I’ve always thought of Conor as a motorbike guy, I’m not sure why.

    I can accept a mini-van if you guys are using the built-in video in the back seat to record.

  • 39 Earl Fando on May 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I was hoping they’d post the fart part of the test as a Flash game.

  • 40 Earl Fando on May 26, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Branson is like Vegas for families. It’s cheaper and there are fruit vendors instead of hookers lining the avenues.

    It’s a riffers paradise. Where else can you see Jim Stafford, Yakoff Smirnoff, Shoji Tabuchi, Anita Bryant , and the cast of the Lawrence Welk show in a single week?

    Besides the A-Life network, I mean.

  • 41 Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on May 26, 2009 at 7:30 am

    So.. Will JoCo and KevMo (I’d have typed KevMu, but that’s a bit too Orca-y) be performing the love theme from Tron?

    BTW, offtopic, but PLEASE do a double-feature of _Snakes on a Plane_ and _Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus_…


  • 42 Ryan on May 26, 2009 at 11:11 am

    It’s the really expensive one he was going to give to Bill, before Bill gave him clay.

  • 43 Ryan on May 26, 2009 at 11:15 am

    So are they really on vacation? They haven’t posted in a while. They deserve it.

    I really doubt they would go anywhere near Branson as that is where a lot of their riffing targets from the MST3K days ended up.

  • 44 Ryan on May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

    The ‘good ol’ Film Crew days’?

  • 45 Gina on May 26, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I think it’s the other way around.

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  • 47 Gina on May 26, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    The great thing about Mike is that he’s got just enough of that wholesome Midwestern thing going on under his riffer persona, that he could go to Branson either ironically or unironically . . . no one could ever tell which!

  • 48 Earl Fando on May 28, 2009 at 5:51 am

    I wonder if Mike has ever played pool in the luxurious men’s room at Shoji’s?

    No, that was not some weird euphemism. The man has a pool table in his theatre’s men’s room. ( – Reportedly, Shoji sometimes plays a game with customers at the intermission of his show) Gold fixtures as well. They also have about a grand of flowers put in the ladies room each week.

  • 49 Mister Seven on Jun 5, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Jeez, Bill you look like Dick Cheney in this vid! Get a tan or something…