You know how sailors on submarines sometimes get together to watch cartoons and make fun of them? (Work with me on this.) It turns out someone has made a puppet show out of this totally true and widely known phenomenon, called Cartoon Lagoon, in which animated puppets — I know that sounds confusing but watch the trailer and you’ll understand — watch terrible cartoon and riff on them, MST3K-style. I’m not going to deny that puppets in a theater setting making fun of things doesn’t totally fill one of the many voids in my soul, although it helps that I’m 99% certain that the “It stinks!” line is a Pod People reference. I’m not sure when the first real episode hits, but when I do, you will too.
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.