RiffTrax: The ‘Sharknado’ VOD release interview

RiffTrax - Sharknado Interview (250)Summary: On February 18, 2015, the RiffTrax released the home video version of their highly sought-after ‘RiffTrax Live: Sharknado’ performance.

In conjunction with its release, The Critical Eye landed an interview with Kevin and Bill of the RiffTrax crew.

Somehow, it got a little bit silly.


On February 11, 2015, I received an email from the fine folks at RiffTrax about the upcoming release of the RiffTrax Live performance of ‘Sharknado’ on home video. SHARKNADO!!!

I was extremely excited: the performance was supposed to be a one-time only thing. It had been so bloody good (one of their best, I’d humbly have to say) that I wanted more of it.

And there it was, being released!

TCE was not only offered a screener to review (see here for our über-verbose assessment of this hilarious performance) but also an opportunity to interview Mike, Kevin and Bill.

Holy hot tamale, Batdude!

After some mild hesitation (logistics/nervousness/fanboy brainfreeze), I jumped at the chance; I figured that it would be fun to interview them, plus which it could help them promote it.

I was contacted soon thereafter. Mike, Kevin and Bill were obviously extremely busy with their promotional duties so I was asked to submit some questions and they would get to them in due time.

That was on the morning of Friday, February 13th. I was planning to watch ‘Sharknado’ over that weekend and publish the blurb by Tuesday, February 17 (after moving a few things around).

With little time to waste, I hammered out a series of questions that required no interaction (anything that came to mind, really) and then tried to put them together in a semi-coherent sequence.

By the end of my commute to work (never write and drive, folks!), I had come up with something like a dozen stream-of-consciousness type questions – some weird, some weirder and some truly baffling.

I submitted them and held my breath, knowing full well that these questions may only be answered selectively, if at all, and that not the whole RiffTrax crew might have the time for it.

On February 18, 2015, Kevin got back to me. He is the farceur, bon vivant, walkin’ and riffin’ juke-box of the famed trio. Live, he is the most likely to act goofy and interact with the audience.

On February 19, 2015, Bill also wrote back. He’s the snarky one; fittingly, he played Crow T. Robot on the last three seasons of MST3K. On stage, he can be seen trying to maintain his composure.

I was tickled pink to find out that they were game/patient enough to get through all of my questions – even though they seemed slightly bemused by some of them (blame the stream-of-consciousness).

Basically, these guys are all sorts of awesome.

Kevin, Bill… thanks for making an unexpected appearance on TCE.

kevin (small) Hi!

bill_corbett (small) We weren’t expected? I hope we’re not intruding! PLEASE DON’T CALL THE POLICE.


As a long-time fanboy, I’d just like to gush uncontrollably (and wet my shorts) for a moment: RiffTrax… like, cool.

kevin (small) Well thanks. And that seemed like politely measured gushing, and shorts-wetting.

bill_corbett (small) Thank you. But I am not comfortable with your wet shorts.


Enough brown-nosing. Let’s get to business. So… why did you decide to riff ‘Sharknado’? Why not ‘Sharktopus’, ‘2-Headed Shark Attack’, ‘Dinoshark’, ‘Ghost Shark’, ‘Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy’, or even ‘Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus’?

kevin (small) I’d say the cast does it. The powerhouse team of Ian Ziering, Tara Reid and John Hurt.

bill_corbett (small) You have to start somewhere, and why not in a tornado?


Were you pleased with the ratio of shark versus nado in ‘Sharknado’?

kevin (small) I’d say nados were quite well shark-peppered.

bill_corbett (small) Perfectly balanced, like a fine wine.


‘Sharknado’ is clearly culturally significant… do you think that it should be taught in schools, next to Bill Shakespeare, Stephen King and ‘South Park’?

kevin (small) I have no doubt some professor’s gonna get paid to conduct a seminar on the franchise.

bill_corbett (small) When we reach full Idiocracy, it will be.


If ‘Sharknado’ were to be remade into a Broadway musical, which part would you seek?

kevin (small) Luther Billis.

bill_corbett (small) I’d want to be Ian Ziering’s singing chainsaw.


As famed bouzouki players, did you find the sharks’ battle cries particularly musical?

kevin (small) I actually own a bouzouki, but I haven’t tried to accompany the sharks. Not yet at least.

bill_corbett (small) You appear to be writing a joke. Would you like help with that?


If you had to be trapped in a shark or a tornado, which would you choose and why?

kevin (small) I’d choose a chocolate tornado for obvious reasons.

bill_corbett (small) F a shark, M a tornado, K John Hurt.


Cage Match: the sharks from ‘Sharnado’ vs the birds from ‘Birdemic’. Who wins?

kevin (small) Bears, for some reason.

bill_corbett (small) THE CAGE.


Which would be more terrifying… waking up next to a shark from ‘Sharknado’ or waking up next to Tara Reid from ‘Sharknado’ (not from ‘American Pie’)?

kevin (small) Having never met Tara and not intending ever to wake up next to her, I’d have to default to the shark.

bill_corbett (small) You’re a journalist, go do the field work on this and get back to us all.


Sharknado fin soup? Delicious but unethical, or ethical but deadly?

kevin (small) …

bill_corbett (small) Too much homework in that question. Next!


Could you foresee a future with ‘Attack of the Killer Sharkmatoes’ in it?

kevin (small) I’d prefer a derecho of clowns.

bill_corbett (small) I do not have your vision, sir / madame.


Does this make you want to cry?

kevin (small) It’s beginning to…

bill_corbett (small) What the hell are you talking about?


More importantly, will there be a ‘RiffTrax Live: Sharnado 2 – Electric Boogaloo’?

kevin (small) If it involves break-dancing, I’m for it.

bill_corbett (small) Yes.


Finally, if you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

kevin (small) Depends on what the “it” is.

bill_corbett (small) I would never consent to this interview.


Thank you so much for taking some time out to join us today, guys. We’re all really looking forward to your next RiffTrax offerings. And we can assure you that there will be more RiffTrax here on TCE.

And then, as soon as it began, it was over. *sniff*

On a personal note, as a HUGE fan of MST3K and RiffTrax, I’ve got to say that this was a really exciting experience for me. It was almost as personally moving as paying 50$ for an autograph at a Comic Con.

Oh, I’ll grant you that it’s not the same as sitting in a big tub of cottage cheese with these guys whilst eating watermelon, but it’s pretty darned close (I think I’ll request that for the next interview, actually).

Til then, I’m just happy to say that Kevin, Bill and I almost had an email conversation. Almost. And I’ll likely remember that each and every time that I watch ‘Sharknado’. Which will be often.

Nota bene: ‘Sharknado’ is now available and can be streamed or downloaded from the RiffTrax website here.

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