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  • Kevin and Bill's re-enactment of a scene from David and Hazel: A Tale of Communication. Subtle and hilarious.
  • The riff of Casablanca, the ultimate statement that their choice of movies does not automatically mean they hate them. Also their ultimate statement that a movie does not have to be bad to find hilarious riffs in it.
  • On Feb. 25th, 2013, Rifftrax set up a kickstarter account to get the rights to do a live-riff of Twilight. It took them a little over an hour to reach their goal of $55,000. By the completion of the campaign, they received nearly $265,000, nearly five times their goal. Unfortunately, they couldn't secure the rights.note  However, they picked up something that's just as cheesy. Starship Troopers! And as a special bonus: Mr. B Natural to Kickstarter contributors. In its full, frightening glory.
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  • The riff of Twilight: New Moon released on the same day as the home DVD. How did the crew manage to watch the movie enough to write their scripts and record the time codes? By paying to see the movie in theaters that many times just to get the riff of the film out as soon as possible.
  • Mike and the boys proving themselves to be more than capable voice actors when they impersonated the Daleks in their riff of Dr. Who and the Daleks, a voice that other people would need a machine to create.
  • After two years of waiting, Kevin casually revealing at the Manos: The Hands of Fate live riff that corn is grass.
  • And in January 2014, RiffTrax riffed another movie they liked: The Wizard of Oz!
  • On April 1st 2014, Rifftrax teamed up with the National Geographic Channel to bring a three-hour "Total Riff-Off" special to TV. That's right, 15 years after MST's cancellation, the guys who made up its final cast come back to TV for one special night.
  • On May 2014, they ran another Kickstarter to do a live riff of another big-budget Hollywood movie. Which one? The 1998 Godzilla remake, that one! Within a day it met and exceeded its goal, and unlike the Twilight riff where they ended up not getting the rights, they have a 100% guarantee that they will indeed be riffing on 'Zilla.
    • Helping in gathering the money were the promised bonus shorts: a fully re-riffed version of A Case of Spring Fever, another "At Your Fingetips" short, and the classic nuclear survival short "Duck and Cover".
    • Midway through the campaign they added a stretch goal: If they made it to $250,000 they would riff on Anaconda.
    • By the campaign's end, they not only met the stretch goal, but they exceeded the amount they received in the previous campaign by a couple hundred dollars.
  • The Rifftrax Live! of Santa Claus (1959) may be the first time that a re-riffed film is funnier than the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode.
    • Getting theaters nationwide to shout "DEATH!!" all at once as Santa begins his ride.
  • The MST3k Reunion Show is this for fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000. You get to see almost the whole cast assembled again, all riffing together, including seeing Joel and Mike and Bill and Trace riffing side-by-side. Kevin even squees over how cool it is to see both the Crows together.
    • Along with Joel and Mike riffing together, Jonah is also included, making the live show the only place where all three hosts riffed on stage together.
  • The fact that Mike, Bill, and Kevin have been able to do this for 10 years, 200+ movies, and 300+ shorts! People really love these three guys joking about movies.
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  • During the Live Show of Space Mutiny, Reb Brown got a huge round of applause from audiences when David Ryder was officially introduced within the film. The only other actor to receive one was Vincent Price in the House on Haunted Hill (1959) show.
  • Mike, Kevin and Bill attempting some pretty darn intricate three-part harmonies on classic Christmas carols during their 2018 Rifftrax Yule Log video and nailing them is a rare non-funny Crowning Moment of Awesome for them.
  • The riffing of The Dark Knight, while not as liked by them as Casablanca, still holds the honor of being the highest ranked movie on the IMDb that they ever riffed on! Only The Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather films have higher scores.


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