Jesus, Rifftrax is celebrating its 5-year anniversary already? Damn, that makes me feel old. Not as old when I pop in my Mystery Science Theater 3000 tapes and see the 1991 copyright and hear Penn Jillette doing those ancient Comedy Central promos, but still, pretty damn old. I mean, Rifftrax is now half the age MST3K ended up, and I’ll be shocked if we don’t get at least five more years out of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett — and I certainly hope so, since they’re doing the nerd lord’s work. Anyways, there’s no better way to spend five minutes of your lunch hour than watching this highlight reel. Enjoy. And don’t forget there’s another Rifftrax Live event coming on August 17th, featuring the sublimely goofy Jack the Giant Killer.More info here!
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.