In the not-too-distant future
In Moscow or maybe Omsk.
There was a comrade named Stepan,
Not too different from Joel or Mike.
He worked in some kind of office building,
Just another face in a backward cap.
He did a good job doing something-or-other,
But Hitler didn’t like him
So he put him in another room of the same office building.
Robot Roll Call! Penguin! Red Blob! … …
If you’re wondering how they make this show
and don’t get sued to hell
Then repeat to yourself, “It’s just a cheap Russian rip-off of Mystery Science Theater 3000,
I should really just relax
For Project Popcorn!”
I don’t speak any Russian, but that’s my best guess as to the translation of the lyrics. Thanks to Bill S. for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.