There's not a lot of laughter in Westeros. Torture, rape, beheadings, poisonings, sure, but outside of a well-placed Tyrion zinger, not too many folks are breaking out in giggles. Well, Ramsay Bolton, maybe, but then again, any old castration or flaying will put him in a laughing mood. But thanks to the three "Mystery Science Theater 3000" alums who formed RiffTrax, fans are about to see the lighter side of "Game of Thrones."
On Friday afternoon, RiffTrax released their first humorous commentary meant to be played over a "Game of Thrones" episode, in this case, the first episode of the first season. (Hey, Ned Stark! I'm sure things will work out great for him!)
Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, who used to crack wise over B-movies on cult favorite "MST3K," now ably do the same for a mix of B-movies, blockbusters, outdated educational shorts and even some TV shows, but this is their first trip to Westeros.
For $2.99, fans can purchase an MP3 of RiffTrax jokes that overlay the whole first episode, but have to obtain the episode themselves.
And the Riffers are in fine form. Nelson gets in an early dig at fanatic fans, exclaiming as the show opens, "This is already different from the book! Childhood ruined!" When a woman walks towards newlyweds Daenerys and Khal Drogo with a chest of writhing snakes, Corbett chimes in with, "Yeah, see this is why you have to have a wedding registry." And when Arya catches a sight of the Hound in his fearsome fanged armor helm, Murphy notes that "Furries were scarier then."
The direwolves, "winter is coming" tagline, and Khal Drogo's excellent eyeliner skills all come in for mocking.
The RiffTrax crew will reunite with their former "MST3K" castmates and comedian Jonah Ray, host of the "MST3K" revival, on June 28 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. That performance will be simulcast to theaters nationwide that night and again July 12.