Mary Jo Pehl is terminally Midwestern—so much so that, despite being three decades into her career as a comedian, she still doesn't really like drawing attention to herself. But that's just too bad, because she's also terminally hilarious. A native of Circle Pines, Minnesota, Pehl started off as a writer on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in its first season, before making the leap to onscreen talent as the diabolical Pearl Forrester. Since MST3K wrapped its initial run, Pehl has stayed in the movie-riffing business with Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic, along with writing, stand-up, podcasting, and voice-over work. Advertisement Her latest endeavor is her Twitch channel , where she hosts an interactive hour of comedy on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The first episode aired in August, and featured Pehl digging up aborted pilots and abandoned projects for what she dubbed The Failed Film Festival. Answering our 11 Questions was very much in Pehl's wheelhouse, as The A.V. Club discovered on a very giggly Zoom call. 1. What is the best trip or outing you remember as a kid and what made it great? Mary Jo Pehl: We would drive up to my grandparents' farm in northwest Minnesota [when I… Read full this story
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