MST3K’s Frank Conniff: The CFQ Interview

Frank Conniff gets the Shepard Fairey treatment.

Frank Conniff gets the Shepard Fairey treatment.

As MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000′S TV’s Frank, comedian and writer Frank Conniff became possibly the most cuddly mad scientist in history. From his debut television appearance that started with the show’s second season — for which he scripted and also pre-screened the “cheesy movies” that would torture host Joel Hodgson and crew — Conniff went on to gigs both behind and in front of the cameras for such diverse genre shows as SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH and INVADER ZIM.

I am, admittedly, an unabashed MSTie, and so when I got the greenlight to go ahead with CFQi, Frank was the first person I contacted and subsequently the first to be interviewed. The talk is wide-ranging, including an in-depth glimpse into to the work on MST3K and other shows, plus discussion of the aborted Joel Hodgson feature project STATICAL PLANETS and Frank’s creation of the satiric, audio musical, THE WONDERFUL PUNDITS OF OZ (which you can download here).

Click on the player to hear the show.

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About the Author

Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

One Response to “ MST3K’s Frank Conniff: The CFQ Interview ”

  1. I love love LOVE Frank Conniff, and I’m glad to finally hear this interview! I’ve seen the Cinematic Titanic “East Meets Watts” show live, and that spit take was PRICELESS. Unfortunately, the Cinematic Titanic shows are going to be winding down, so if you get a chance to see one of their live shows, you should do it sooner rather than later!

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