I titled this as being a subsequent volume here, as I’m sure this topic has come up before, although I didn’t see one in the search.
A couple of real-life, and unprepared, experiences riffing in the theaters, and both of these from before MST3K.
The first was back in 1982. I was at the local college theater where they ran movies on Friday and Saturday nights. This particular night they ran about a half-hour of recent movie trailers before the feature. One of the trailers was for the Morgan Fairchild thriller (no, honest) called THE SEDUCTION, where she plays a newscaster being stalked by a fan.
In the trailer, after various scenes of Fairchild’s character being nearly attached, we see her pulling out a shotgun. At that point, the announcer in the trailer says, “She has been pushed to the limit, and now she’ll use the only weapon she has …”
I deadpanned, “A shotgun.”
Don’t know why I blurted that out, as I wasn’t the type to try to draw attention to myself in the theater, but the audience laughed, so it was all good.
A type of anti-riff happened in 1986 at a showing of the movie TRICK OR TREAT. A group of us were waiting for the movie to begin and one friend kept chatting about anything on her mind throughout the opening ads and trailers to the building annoyance of everyone around her.
As the movie itself began with the opening logo, I breathed a sigh of relief that she will finally stop.
“Oh! I love this logo they use on this. It’s really --”
That’s when I stood up and grabbed her seat, rattling it side by side, which earned me a big laugh and did quiet her down for the duration, so all good.
Any other moments where unprepared things were said or done in a theater that got laughs from the crowd?