Biography

Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000. 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, thrilled critics, including Richard Schickel of Time Magazine, who said of Mike, "He's more fun than a barrel of Val Kilmers... Smarter than a roomful of Patrick Swayzes... and almost as hilarious as Keanu Reeves." Mike's laugh-out-loud follow-up, Mind Over Matters, prompted Kirkus Reviews to enthuse, "From someplace called Minnesota comes a Nelson funnier than Ozzie, Ricky, Lord or Half," and even dared to compare him to another legendary writer, saying of his Serious Speech to Business People, "[It] could easily precede [Robert] Benchley's immortal Treasurer's Report."

And Kirkus Reviews loved his novel, Death Rat!, saying, "Fast-paced, outrageous and funny, first-novelist Nelson's mockery of media mendacity is as biting as La Dolce Vita or Network--only funnier!"

Mike speaks all over the country, is a frequent guest on radio and television, and along with Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy sells out theaters with his RiffTrax Live events.

Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000. 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, thrilled critics, including Richard Schickel of Time Magazine, who said of Mike, "He's more fun than a barrel of Val Kilmers... Smarter than a roomful of Patrick Swayzes... and almost as hilarious as Keanu Reeves." Mike's laugh-out-loud follow-up, Mind Over Matters, prompted Kirkus Reviews to enthuse, "From someplace called Minnesota comes a Nelson funnier than Ozzie, Ricky, Lord or Half," and even dared to compare him to another legendary writer, saying of his Serious Speech to Business People, "[It] could easily precede [Robert] Benchley's immortal Treasurer's Report."

And Kirkus Reviews loved his novel, Death Rat!, saying, "Fast-paced, outrageous and funny, first-novelist Nelson's mockery of media mendacity is as biting as La Dolce Vita or Network--only funnier!"

Mike speaks all over the country, is a frequent guest on radio and television, and along with Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy sells out theaters with his RiffTrax Live events.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 26

Birthday 1964-10-11

Place of Birth St. Charles, Illinois

Official Site http://www.rifftrax.com/riffer/mike-nelson

Also Known As

  • Mike Nelson

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Rifftrax Live: Carnival of Souls
2018 Rifftrax Live: Space Mutiny
2017 Rifftrax Live: Mothra as Himself
2017 Rifftrax Live: Samurai Cop as Himself
2017 RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party as Himself
2016 Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers as Himself
2015 RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2 as Himself
2015 Rifftrax Live: The Room as Himself
2015 RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus
2015 RiffTrax Live: Sharknado as Himself
2013 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Motion Picture Odyssey as Himself
2012 RiffTrax Live: Birdemic - Shock and Terror as Himself
2012 Rifftrax Live: "Manos" The Hands of Fate as Himself
2011 RiffTrax: LIVE! House on Haunted Hill as Himself
2009 Rifftrax Live: Plan 9 From Outer Space as Himself
2008 The Best of RiffTrax Shorts: Volume One
2007 The Film Crew: Giant of Marathon as Mike Nelson
2007 The Film Crew: Wild Women of Wongo as Mike Nelson
2007 The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark as Himself
2007 The Film Crew: Killers from Space as Mike Nelson
2001 The Adventures of Edward the Less (13 episodes) as The Noble One (voice)
1999 The Last Dance: Raw as Himself / Mike Nelson
1996 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie as Mike Nelson
1995 Poopie!
1988 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (2 episodes) as Clown (1 episode) as Officer Mike (1 episode) as Larry Buchanan (1 episode) as Morrissey (1 episode) as Tony Travis (voice) (1 episode) as Space Child (4 episodes) as Torgo (102 episodes) as Mike Nelson (40 episodes) as Isaac Asimov's Literary Doomsday Device
1964 Three Stooges: Greatest Routines as Michael J. Nelson

Writing

2017 RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party Writer
1996 Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie Writer
1988 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (176 episodes)Writer

Directing

1988 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (16 episodes)Director

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