[silence] [music] When most people go to the movie theater, they go to watch a movie without interruption.
However, when they go to a Mr. Sinus movie, they're going to watch a movie being interrupted over and over again.
Since September of 2000, Mr. Sinus Theater, has been mocking, taunting and ridiculing bad movies at the Alamo Drafthouse, the hilarious team of Jeremy Pollitt, Owen Edgerton and John Erler has been entertaining, sold out shows for the past three years through monologues, skits and commentary throughout the show.
The boys of Mr. Sinus deliver a unique brand of comedy to Austin moviegoers.
When we first started, we kind of were using in a very rough way the model of the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000.
So, you know, they would do old, you know, sixties and 1950s B-movies with real low budgets, you know, like science fiction movies like Attack of the Killer, you know, cheerleaders and stuff like that.
So those were fun times doing those kind of bad movies that nobody had seen before.
But then at a certain point, we started doing bigger budget movies from Hollywood.
So we did Xanadu, and that's when people started really kind of packing the theater.
We sold out pretty much every shows and to do before then, we were playing to, you know, half full theaters.
And I think people really the key is people really want to see movies that they've seen before.
A, because then, you know, they can sort of understand the humor better.
They're a little bit more in touch with it.
And B, they want to see big budget movies being made fun of because they deserve to be made fun of.
The trio has made fun of big budget films such as Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, and more recently, The Lost Boys, ‘Cause Im a vampire!
With their shows selling out each weekend they perform at the Drafthouse.
It's obvious that their humor hits home for many Austinites, John likes to point out that Austin loves film, and that's one of the reasons that we've done pretty well and people like our show.
And I think Austin is full of geeky people who read books and like to talk back to movies.
So the people who like people who like are into references, they love that type of stuff.
And they also love seeing Hollywood kind of, you know, taken down a few notches.
You know, they count.
And it's kind of this sort of dual thing of like, oh, good, you're right.
Can oh, this is such a cool scene.
The anticipated crowds for Mr. Sinus is something that the Drafthouse looks forward to embracing the publicity and business aspects of the performances.
There's something they hit like every person in the audience.
So it's just a natural kind of market for the Alamo Drafthouse.
It makes a huge impact, and it really helps as far as getting new people in here, because some people haven't heard of Alamo and other some people have heard of silence and don't put the two together and then they get to come see him here.
They realize it's this like whole great experience of movie theater that you've never even heard of before.
What's nice is that while on TV, you can sort of simulate that feeling of hanging out in the living room with your friends.
I think we really can turn this place into John's living room.
And there is a sense of community.
There's an intimacy to the show.
It's nice, I think, that people want more intimacy, intimacy and participation when they go out and that it's fun to be in a movie theater and be able to yell out loud or to get to know the person next to you or to laugh together.
It's really neat.
You got like a horror movie and a comedy movie and failing at both places.
It's about that.
It's about combinations.
And we are going to sucky movie and a really sucky movie together for the first time.
With the Drafthouse expanding to new locations and creating innovative ideas such as the rolling road shows.
Mr. Sinus has been adapting and evolving by taking their show outside of its usual home at the Alamo Drafthouse downtown.
When the Alamo does a show which are the speed on the bus or showing Jaws with everyone watching in an inner tubes with people pulling their legs underwater.
It's kind of like the movie bleeds off the screen, you know, And the movie you sort of you're part of that same experience.
You're not just watching the movie you're experiencing.
You're part of it.
And so it's a really nice fit that what we do in these road shows and it's a blast changes the way we watch movies and it's a really nice thing.
We're no longer just a movie is no longer something that just happens to us as we sit inactive.
We are now active participants in what is happening.
People are coming to the movie theater, you know, surrounded by people, and I know they want to dance.
I know they want to jump in the pool and so the Rolling Roadshow allows it to happen.
We do the show and then afterwards we're at the roller rink, we're all skating together, and then we play hockey against each other.
It was so much fun.
Mr. Sinus also has special performances like their anniversary show and seasonal events such as their holiday show.
Christmas show is one of our favorite things we do.
We love the Christmas season so good.
Yeah, it really is.
Wait a minute.
Oh, the holiday show is a Kwanzaa.
So we sit here and it's basically as if we're channel surfing.
And so we go through what, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
There's some Christmas porn.
There's definitely some beautiful Hanukkah stuff.
Do about 20 minutes of It's a Wonderful Life, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
And we just go through more and and we just make fun of it.
We have cookies and milk.
There's a show, you know, Charlie Brown might show up.
There's Christmas carols or holiday carols like that we all sing along with.
It's a blast.
Anything to add on that?
I get to be Santa Claus.
Can we get somebody down here?
We got a talker in the front row.
I keep coming back for more because they're, like, hilarious.
You know, They keep keeping.
They keep you entertained.
They really do one after another after another, you know?
And then they never stop being funny.
And that's why I really like it.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Mr. Sinus Theater.