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Happy Birthday to Us

July 26th, 2010 by Conor Lastowka · 49 Comments

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In all the excitement surrounding Comic-Con last week, nobody here even realized that Wednesday, July 21st marked RiffTrax’s fourth anniversary. That’s right, four years ago we released Road House. I still remember the first emails coming in from e-junkie indicating that someone had actually purchased it.  Who’d have thought that four years later I’d be able to hold my own in conversations about plot points in the Twilight movies?

A lot has changed in the past four years:  We got a shuffleboard table.  That’s pretty much it, actually.

But no, of course there have been all sorts of great things that have happened along the way that we couldn’t have predicted. We have 17 RiffTrax DVDs. Two live theater shows down and two more coming up soon. Webcasts. A state quarter tournament that many consider the defining occasional currency based blog post series of our generation.

And oh, the characters we’ve met along the way: Tommy. Gregory. Crazy old lemon drink lady. The Schnapster. Moosebaby. Norman Spear Jr.

I’ve been lucky to be at RiffTrax since day one. The job has allowed me to work with incredibly talented, funny people every single day. So thanks for your support that has allowed  it to happen.  Here’s hoping we can continue to make you laugh for many more years to come.

*** KEVIN MURPHY CHIMES IN ***

While we’re getting maudlin, I’d like to make a tip of the whisky glass to everybody who’s helped to keep the riffing engines humming. That would be David D, Casey, Josh, Sarah, Erik, Chris, Jason, Cam, Rick at Lethal Sounds, David G and Barry – is this sounding like an Oscar speech yet? – and of course our crack(ed) young writers Sean and Conor; all our guest Riffers; Joco and Veronica Belmont; Paul, Storm, Adam, Wil and all our new play-pals from W00tstock; madman Lowtax; Cole and Janet; and the fine people at O’Brien’s Pub.  I’m sure I’m missing people because I’m a thoughtless inconsiderate wad, so forgive me if I didn’t give you a proper shout-out, and I’ll try to make amends.

Most of all, Thanks go to you, the readers, downloaders, the people who laugh at our jokes, who keep the conversation lively, who come see us at our live events and at cons.  That we are four years old is entirely thanks to you.

-kwm

Tags: RiffTrax

49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ninjew on Jul 26, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for keeping it real. And thanks for posting the first blog in over a month and a half!

  • 2 Courtney on Jul 26, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for existing. May Year 4 be the year someone finally gives George some more beans.

  • 3 Deb on Jul 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Happy Birthday RiffTrax! Could this be the year we all find out who Disembodio is? No, you better not tell us or it’ll be like the demise of Friends when Rachel and Ross finally hooked up.

  • 4 Orlando on Jul 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

    And here the whole time I though Rifftrax was the premier “Shuffleboard League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Congrats and looking forward to more movies!

  • 5 euphoriafish on Jul 26, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Thank you all for being so funny and prolific.

    Would a fellow fan like to explain to me which Rifftrax titles Gregory and Norman Spear Jr. are from? The Happening is on my to-watch list already and I’ve seen the rest, but I couldn’t place those two particular mentions.

  • 6 euphoriafish on Jul 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Oh, and if you’re on Twitter, check out the #RifftraxFacts tag. A bunch of us are having fun making stuff up.

  • 7 Conor Lastowka on Jul 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    They are both from shorts. Gregory comes from “Little Lost Scent” http://www.rifftrax.com/shorts/little-lost-scent

    And Norman Spear, Jr comes from the infamous “Parade of Aquatic Champions” http://www.rifftrax.com/shorts/parade-aquatic-champions

  • 8 euphoriafish on Jul 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Oh, *that* Gregory. I have seen that one! :D

    Not Aquatic Champions though. Thanks Conor!

  • 9 Remmie Barrow on Jul 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Four years old, huh. Probably still not old enough to purchase alcohol without a fake ID.

  • 10 chrismartindeed on Jul 28, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Judging from your picture, Schnappi has grown significantly in 4 years.

    Which is why you should put some pants on him. He’s way past the age where dancing around starkers is considered cute.

  • 11 mst3ktemple on Jul 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    So you decided to celebrate the beginning of RiffTrax Season 5 by riffing The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. Wow…just, wow. This could be a long year.

  • 12 Brastius on Jul 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Ok, so now that we’re close to 2012, there’s something I need to know.

    The Mayans have been spreading rumors for some time now that you will be riffing the MST3k movie on 12/21/12. thereby causing the end of the world as we know it. Can you substantiate this?

    (as a side note I do, in fact, feel fine.)

  • 13 Marcus on Jul 30, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Just when I thought all was lost, you guys started RiffTrax and all my dreams came true.

    As long as there are movies there will be riffing. I hope that this means RiffTrax will continue on for many more years to come.

  • 14 BEMaven on Jul 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Birthdays make everyone feel old.

    I prefer to think of it as a four-year anniversary.

    What’s the traditional gift for the fourth anniversary?

    Chalk?

    Naugahyde?

    Ointment?

  • 15 Ken G. on Aug 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Happy birthday! To many more.

  • 16 Mark D on Aug 22, 2010 at 11:48 am

    “So you decided to celebrate the beginning of RiffTrax Season 5 by riffing The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. Wow…just, wow. This could be a long year.

    Um, “temple”…….your opinion notwithstanding, there are MANY others of us hoping that this turns out to be an INCREDIBLY long year, with MANY more selections EXACTLY like “TBITPB” !!!!!!

    If you may recall, there was once a FABULOUSLY entertaining tv show started (almost) 22 years ago at KTMA in Minneapolis, that ‘made it’s bones’ sending up cheesy, shlocky (so bad they’re GREAT) fare EXACTLY like this.

    Happy 4th, “RT”………long may your Freak Flag wave !!!!!!

  • 17 Anthony Lloyd on Aug 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Any chance that Joel, Frank, or Trace joining you on a Rifftrax?

    Continued success.

  • 18 Rigoberto Flores on Aug 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Completely aside, why haven’t you guys done any of the Friday the 13th movies. That one with the telekinetic girl vs. Jason is just full of Riff gold.

  • 19 Steve R. on Aug 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    What happened to this once amazing Blog????

  • 20 Alistair M on Sep 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    So um, I stumbled across a movie called “The Voyage of the rock aliens” It was hilariousall by its self but I think you guys could bring about world peace just by riffing it. BTW I still watch the running man with rifftrax almost daily it’s by far one of your best in my opinion, (Startrek generations being the one on top). Keep up the great work!!!

  • 21 chrisbuzzard on Sep 19, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Well this blog is officially dead. Rifftrax didn’t even bother to announce the last live screening or the upcoming one here.

  • 22 fantagor on Sep 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Now that you are four, will any of you Rifftrax fellas consider potty training instead of diapers?

    Randy

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  • 25 Rob T Firefly on Nov 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Guys, your Twitters are fun and everything, but I miss seeing actual paragraphs of yours strung together into larger meaningful works.

  • 26 fantagor on Nov 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    The blog has a stagger on role in next week’s episode of “The Blogging Dead”.

    Randy

  • 27 rap beats maker on Nov 13, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Belated Greetings. More power!

  • 28 chrisbuzzard on Nov 21, 2010 at 10:07 am

    cut to the rifftrax guys twittering feverishly while their loved ones try to talk to them about their day. “NOT NOW! I’m having a twitter war with bebe_532 over whether it’s called fedex or kinkos!”

  • 29 RemmieBarrow on Nov 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Guys, you Really need to start up the Blog again!! I just cannot get into this Twitter garbage. I have tried, but I JUST CANNOT GET INTO IT!!!!!!

  • 30 Mister Seven on Dec 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    How ironic this was a birthday post…

  • 31 dirk on Jan 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Is this really the end of the blog? You’ve all completely shifted focus too twitter?!?!?!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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    I miss da blog. :-(

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  • 37 Casey on May 4, 2011 at 8:43 am

    *Slightly longer sigh than before*

  • 38 Rifftrax on May 30, 2011 at 1:20 am

    You suck!!!!

  • 39 Casey on May 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    *obviously exaggerated sigh*

  • 40 Casey on Jun 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    *a sigh soo long and loud that one can’t help but take notice*

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    Hey Rifftrax, I have followed you off an on for a while now. Congratulations.

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    Happy 5th birthday! Please come back!

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  • 45 Casey on Aug 18, 2011 at 5:00 am

    *falls and beats fists on the ground screaming* Start blogging again pleeeeaaase!!! *muffled cries as head is flat against dirt* (there is dirt in here)

  • 46 Negative Post on Aug 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Happy Birthday.

  • 47 Ryan on Aug 22, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Happy belated 5th birthday rifftrax, start blogging again!

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