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Michael J. Nelson


Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). Since that time, he has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, penned a regular column for TV Guide, and authored best-selling books for both HarperCollins and Abrams. His first book, Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, ... See full bio »
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 2014 VeggieTales in the House (TV Series)
 2014 RiffTrax Live: Sharknado (Video)
 2007 Max the Hero (Short)
 2004 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker (TV Series) (one episode)
 2001 Mr. B's Lost Shorts (Video) (head writer)
 2001 Let's Bowl (TV Series)
 2001 The Adventures of Edward the Less (TV Mini-Series)
 2000 Assignment: Venezuela and Other Shorts (Video) (head writer)
  Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (head writer - 164 episodes, 1990 - 1999) (written by - 13 episodes, 1989 - 1990)
- Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) ... (head writer)
- Diabolik (1999) ... (head writer)
- Squirm (1999) ... (head writer)
- Horrors of Spider Island (1999) ... (head writer)
- It Lives by Night (1999) ... (head writer)
 1998 Let's Bowl (TV Series) (writer)
 1995 MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (TV Special) (head writer)
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RiffMaster and writer at www.rifftrax.com. See more »

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5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Michael Nelson | Mike Nelson

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[Talking about the film Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)]: "We [the writers] started watching it, and had never seen anything like that. We kept saying to ourselves, 'There is no way we can do this movie, it is just too bizarre.' But we finally decided, 'No, we must bring this to the world.'" See more »

Trivia:

He was working as a waiter at T.G.I. Friday's and doing occasional stand-up comedy when he was offered a job on Mystery Science Theater 3000 doing typing in the writing room. The writers told him to feel free to make some comments on the movies they were watching, and he so impressed them with his wit and comedic timing that they made him a staff writer (and later the head writer). See more »

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