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Carnival Magic 

Kinga, drops a bombshell on Jonah before plunging him into a world of bare-chested carnies, talking chimps, brooding magicians and young love.

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Joel Hodgson (creator), Storm DiCostanzo | 12 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Felicia Day ... Kinga Forrester
Patton Oswalt ... Max (TV's Son of TV's Frank)
Jonah Ray ... Jonah Heston
Baron Vaughn ... Tom Servo (voice)
Hampton Yount ... Crow T. Robot (voice)
Mark Hamill ... Phineas Tiberius Mindslap
Rebecca Hanson Rebecca Hanson ... Synthia / Gypsy (voice)
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Ardy
Tim Ryder ... Bonehead #1
Zach Thompson Zach Thompson ... Bonehead #2
Matt McGinnis Matt McGinnis ... Matt Claude Van Damme
Har Mar Superstar ... Skeleton Crew Bandleader
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Kinga, drops a bombshell on Jonah before plunging him into a world of bare-chested carnies, talking chimps, brooding magicians and young love.

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TV-14
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14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Tom and Jonah make riffs referring to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). The episode features a guest appearance from Mark Hamill, who starred in the original Star Wars films. See more »

Quotes

Tom Servo: What does it say about someone when they're wearing less clothing than their chimp?
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References Magnum, P.I. (1980) See more »

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Up Where We Belong
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Written by Will Jennings, Jack Nitzsche, and Buffy Sainte-Marie
Performed by Jonah Ray
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Making a monkey out of the movies...
3 May 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

'Carnival Magic' is a perfect example of the "Why did you make it - but we're glad you did!" kind of movies which are a big feature of the 70s and 80s. Lots and lots of cash to turn out these clunkers because the budget for each one is probably a few thousand bucks... in coppers! But now, decades later, these terrible movies are comedy gold!

The plot is something that even the Dukes Of Hazzard would have laughed off... but in the wrong hands, someone somewhere can create something out of nothing, right? Mind reader Markov and talking chimp Alex burn up the screen with their spot-on performances as rejects from mainstream movies!

There's lots to work with here for the amiable folks steering The Satellite Of Love and they prove themselves up to the task. Lots of riffs and references till the bitter end.

I'm in the home stretch of my MST3K revival marathon. I'm watching all 14 episodes in sequence and this is number 12. (Just two more to go!) I have now gotten into the habit of skipping over all the bits that don't have Jonah (nearly said Joel!) and the bots. I'm not at all interested in the invention exchanges, the song and dance numbers or the occasional guest spots. And Kinga and the Frank character just aren't doing it for me, sorry.

But the movies are te-riff-ic (see what I did there?) so despite the filler stuff, this is a good episode.

I'm still lamenting the subtle, bawdy adult gags which used to be a feature of the original series that had Joel at the helm, but I suppose I'll just have to do without them.

Best gag: "Just move that hotplate. Technically, you're sitting in my kitchen!"


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