You’ve seen them on the covers of such prestigious magazines as Skymall, Cat Fancy and Limousine Digest – now Austin movie riffers Master Pancake Theater are debuting their very first home video release, the 1981 cult classic ROAR, starring Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith.
“In many ways, ROAR is like the movie BORN FREE, but instead of just one lion, there are dozens of lions and tigers, and none of them have been trained in any way and are constantly jumping on members of the cast and making you feel nervous for their safety as they bravely try to say their lines. There’s a lot of big cats with big personalities. It’s a very Jellicle experience. It’s like BORN FREE with an edge. I call it HARDCORE BORN.” – John Erler, Master Pancake Theater
Join Master Pancake comedians John Erler, Ralphie Hardesty, and John W. Smith for a Mystery Science Theater-style comedic commentary looking inside what’s (justifiably) been called “the most dangerous movie ever made.” No animals were harmed during the making of the film, but seventy members of the cast and crew were. Master Pancake’s skewering takes the form of an overlaid audio track, highlighting the weird and wonderfully odd elements in this one-of-a-kind motion picture.
About Master Pancake Theater Since 2007, Master Pancake has performed four shows each weekend at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in downtown Austin – over 2,000 shows – and have won “Best Comedy Troupe” in the Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll eight times. Past hits have included THE ROOM with guest riffer Greg Sestero, DUNE with guest riffer Sean Young, FLASH GORDON with guest riffer Sam J. Jones, the entire TWILIGHT saga (minus one), annual South By Southwest St Patrick’s Day screenings of the entire LEPRECHAUN franchise with guest riffer Doug Benson, and clip shows dedicated to Tom Hanks, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and many others.
The group has also worked with multiple members of the original cast of MST3K, including regular appearances by Mary Jo Pehl (“Pearl Forrester”), Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu (“The Mads”), and even series creator Joel Hodgson. In 2017, Erler, along with mainstay cast members Joe Parsons and Scott Chester, were writers on the YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP episode of Netflix’s MST3K revival.
The rotating cast includes actress/comedian Martha Kelly (FX’s BASKETS, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Funniest Person in Austin, 2000), original MST3K writer and performer Mary Jo Pehl, novelist and director Owen Egerton (Netflix’s MERCY BLACK), comedian Mac Blake (Funniest Person in Austin winner, 2013), Rooster Teeth writer/director Andrew Rosas, comedian and podcaster Kath Barbadoro (Comedy Central’s ROAST BATTLE).