This is progressing more or less how I figured it would, with a bunch of people enthusiastically saying "Yeah!!! I’m pumped!!! Let’s do this!!!" at the very beginning, and then realizing that the job entails spending hours watching a crappy John Carradine movie backwards and forwards in intimate detail, and suddenly looking down at their watch and remembering some urgent appointment they have to be at on the opposite side of town.
Looking at the spreadsheet, it looks like there’s about 5 or 6 of us actively contributing jokes, but that’s not too bad. We’ve got more writers than Rifftrax at the moment, and not far off from the first few seasons of MST3K. We’re actually filling up the spreadsheet a lot faster than I thought we would. Two weeks to a rough draft was probably an overly ambitious guestimate on my part, but we’re still chugging along quite nicely.
I do think we might get a few more casual riffers joining in if we can schedule a couple of live stream riff-alongs with an online chat, so they can toss out riffs spontaneously as they think of them, rather than doing the spreadsheet method, which isn’t everybody’s cup of tea.
Regarding some of the comments I’m seeing about my sketch ideas, I apologize to anyone who feels intimidated or that I’ve somehow cut people off. I posted storyboards so other people could see what I’m picturing visually in my head. (As other people were also doing for their own invention exchange ideas, though maybe not quite as fully formed.) That doesn’t mean I’m trying to muscle anybody else out from contributing ideas, or saying “THIS IS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO NOW, EVERYBODY ELSE GO HOME.” @Ansible asked for host segment suggestions. I suggested. Nobody has closed any doors or windows.
That said. at a certain point, other people have to actually start wading in and contributing jokes and sketches of their own if they want to feel included. Otherwise it’s just improv night down at the comedy club with a handful of people up on stage providing the comedy, and a bunch more out in the audience saying “ooh, do a joke about sharks!” without actually having anything funny to say about sharks themselves. (Sorry, I’m not trying to sound bitter or hurt anybody’s feelings. Just trying to counterbalance my own enthusiasm for what is essentially my life-long dream project of being a writer on MST3K, with other people seemingly getting upset at me for attempting to write material for an episode of MST3K… in the thread about writing material for an episode of MST3K. )