Mr. Lobo

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Mr. Lobo
Lobo game face.jpg
Mr. Lobo's "Game Face"
Born 27 November 1970 Sacramento, California
Occupation Artist, satirist, genre actor, television personality, filmmaker, and MC
Years active 1990–current
Style Satire
Height 6'4"
Opponent(s) Chris Jericho[1][2]
Religion Woodism[3][4] / Church of the SubGenius
Partner(s) Dixie Dellamorto

Erik Lobo (born 27 November 1970), better known by his stage name Mr. Lobo, is an American artist and comedic actor best known as the horror host of the nationally syndicated American television series Cinema Insomnia.[5]


After going to school for print technology, Mr. Lobo published many humor zine and underground comics. Mr. Lobo is a very prolific freelance artist and writer with numerous multimedia credits and clients. He wrote, directed, and performed Radio Theater for 9 years. Mr. Lobo is an award winning short film and commercial director. He was the head writer for a long running local cabaret/parody talk show The Moe Bettermann Show.[3] Mr. Lobo has been covered in several horror magazines and in the national news. He has also participated in many B-movies, offbeat genre films and documentaries.

Cinema Insomnia[edit]


Mr. Lobo in the Bride of the Monster documentary Citizen Wood: Making ‘The Bride,’ Unmaking the Legend.

Mr. Lobo was interviewed for American Scary, appeared in the supplementary content on Every Other Day is Halloween, interviewed for I Dream of Being an Artist... And It Makes Me Sick, was a consultant on Watch Horror Films... Keep America Strong, produced and hosted the featurette Bob Wilkins: The Sacramento Years, introduced the short documentary "I Was a TV Horror Host: The John Stanley Story" and is the host of Virginia Creepers.

Mr. Lobo is also interviewed in the short retrospective Citizen Wood: Making "The Bride", Unmaking the Legend about the making of Bride of the Monster featured on the volume 19 DVD set of Mystery Science Theater 3000.[6]


In 1993 Mr. Lobo co-produced and directed a short film titled Street Art which won an award with the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. He directed a commercial for the California Tree Fruit Growers Association that was a parody of old Slinky commercials titled "Pit Popper".[7] Mr. Lobo directed animation for a public service announcement called Deputysaurus Rex[8] for the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. He also directed animation for an educational film called Splash: The Mysteries of Vernal Pools which has been seen by over 10,000 school children.[9] In 2009 Toy Fusion asked Mr. Lobo to direct a humorous G.I. Joe fan film which involved rare and forgotten G.I. Joe collectibles and they won two awards at JoeCon that year.[10] Most notably in 2010 Mr. Lobo got to work with legendary exploitation film director Ted V. Mikels to work as a second unit director on the new film Astro-Zombies: M3 Cloned.

Radio and voice work[edit]

He wrote, directed, and performed Radio Theater for the University of Davis Radio Station (KDVS) from 1987 to 1992 and picked up again from 1996 to 2000. His two most notable projects are Radio is Dead[11] which was performed as a stage play in Sacramento, San Francisco and Chicago; and The Last Thanksgiving[12] which was a live remote parody of The War of the Worlds. He did the voice over for numerous local TV spots for Pulte Homes and Super Cuts. Mr. Lobo voiced the "Pit Popper" in the California Tree Fruit Growers Association commercial.[7] He was also the voice of Deputysaurus Rex for the Sacramento Sheriff's Department and Professor X. Plorer in the school film Splash: The Mysteries of Vernal Pools.[9] Mr. Lobo is the voice of Larry Scholls Ghost Train both on the commercials and on the hot-line. He was the voice of the Oracle in Midnight of my Life. Mr. Lobo also narrates all of the trailers for Apprehensive Films including the 30th anniversary promo reel for Hardware Wars.

Live shows[edit]

Barf-O-Vision bag

Mr. Lobo makes numerous live appearances at conventions such as ComicCon in San Diego, California,[3] WonderCon in San Francisco, California,[3][13] Screamfest in Vero Beach, Florida,[3] The B-Movie Celebration in Franklin, Indiana,[3][14] Blobfest in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania[3][15] and Monster Bash near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[16] He also takes part in live film shows at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California, the Parkway Theater in Oakland, California Cinefamily Theater in Hollywood, California, The Castro Theater in San Francisco, California, Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana, The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, as well as many others. On 14 August 2010, Cinema Insomnia had their first broadcast taping at the Guild Theater in Sacramento in front of a live audience.[17][18] The film presented was The Undertaker and His Pals and due to the graphic nature of the film, everyone was given a 'Barf-O-Vision' Audience Sickness Bag.[17][18][19]


Mr. Lobo has designed, not only much of the cover art for the Cinema Insomnia DVDs, but the art for many other Apprehensive Films releases as Hardware Wars and The Undertaker and his Pals. In 1995 Mr. Lobo put out his own line of trading cards which he wrote and illustrated wrapped in a faux wax pack he also created. He also designed the packages for Horror Host Graveyard's Horror Host trading cards as well as help design the Hardware Wars trading cards.


In 1991 Mr. Lobo wrote, illustrated and self-published an underground comic in full color called Nuke Nova, a post-apocalyptic comedy about a futuristic hero. Nuke Nova was distributed by Diamond and Capital City to comic book stores across the United States.

Mr. Lobo has also published the comic series Funny Pages:[3]

  • Funny Pages (1995), a 100+ page satirical humor trade paperback which was a collaboration with many artists and writers, most notably Joseph Sweeden, Tom Working, and Chris Grill. It was distributed via Tower Books.
  • Funny Pages 2D (1997), which was also a collaboration and distributed by Tower.
  • Funny Pages 2X: Joseph Sweeden's "Zombie the Little Undead Boy". As well as "Harley the Tuff Li'l Biker Slut". Both featured in a standard comic book sized flip book that parodied Harvey Comics like Casper.[20]

Mr. Lobo wrote both issues of the Queen of Trash comic book and inked the first issue.[21] Recently, Mr. Lobo lent his writing talent to the comic 13 Hosts illustrated by Brian Maze.[22]

Other appearances[edit]

On 11 December 2009, Mr. Lobo was the guest on the late-night syndicated radio talk show Coast to Coast AM.[23] On the second hour, the infamous caller and right-wing extremist "J.C." called in to denounce Mr. Lobo and horror hosts in general.[23][24] Mr. Lobo also has a cameo in the music video for the song "Hot Sahara" by the band Fans of Jimmy Century.[25] On 21 October 2010, Mr. Lobo posted a video response to Elvira's "Elvira's Not a Witch" viral video[26] on YouTube titled "Re: Elvira's Not a Witch".[27] It was a spoof on Elvira's video which was a parody of Christine O'Donnell's popular "I'm Not A Witch" ad. On 30 October 2010, Mr. Lobo did a spoken word parody complaining about how much the song Monster Mash is played.[28]


Mr. Lobo
Mr. Lobo as Criswell.

Mr. Lobo is cast as Criswell in John Johnson's upcoming remake of Plan 9 From Outer Space. In addition, for the purpose of promoting the film on the internet, Mr. Lobo has produced 62 episodes of Criswell Predicts![29][30] which is a parody and homage to the original television program. He also hosts John Johnson's biweekly "Choose Your Own Adventure"-type web series called Spade.[31]


Year Film Role Director
2011 A Hard Day's Nightmare Cinema Insomnia Host, Mr. Lobo Richard Huffaker
2011 Planet of the Vampire Women Future Mr. Lobo Trash Film Orgy
2010 The Taint Cockzantium Spokesperson Drew Bolduc
2010 Astro-Zombies: M3 Cloned Man in Black & Dead Toy Shop keeper Ted V. Mikels & Mr. Lobo
2010 Taste the Blood of Frankenstein Mr. Lobo the History Revisionist Eric Miller & Mr. Lobo
2010 30 Second Doom Count Lobo[19] Gary Hughes
2010 Baby Jane? Afternoon Movie Host Billy Clift
2010 Fall of an Actor Narrator Joel Wyncoop
2008 Skeleton Key 2 Horror Host John Johnson
2007 Mark of the Damned The Unknowable Fantazmarak Eric Miller
2007 Palace of Stains Narrator Bob Moricz
2005 El Tigre Diablo and the Curse of the Golden Skull An Eye Witness Trash Film Orgy
2004 Midnight of my Life The Oracle Bob Moricz
Post-production Plan 9 Criswell[32] John Johnson
Post-production It Came from Trafalgar Horror Host Solomon Mortimur
Post-production Survivors Zombie Mr. Lobo James Clarkson
Preproduction Dogtown Zombies Horror Host Paul Benton


Mr. Lobo is a reverend to both Church of the SubGenius and Universal Life Church. On 4 October[3]/5, 2003,[4] he was canonized as the "Patron Saint of late night movie hosts and insomniacs" in the Church of Ed Wood.[3]


During a Q&A session at the Sacramento Horror Film Festival, wrestler Chris Jericho referred to Mr. Lobo several times as “Hadji” — a racial slur against Middle Easterners. Mr. Lobo, however, is not Middle Eastern and took little offense. After the first affront — and a shot at Paris Hilton — Mr. Lobo jokingly took Jericho’s drink to apparently sniff it for booze. Jericho's response to this was “it’s apple juice, fag.” which led to a huge public outcry by civil rights groups.[1][2] Video from the event appeared on TMZ[33][34] and triggered a series of mock videos[35] resulting in Mr. Lobo challenging Chris Jericho and subsequently beating him at a thumb wrestling match in a video featuring former child star Chris Perguidi of Zack the Lego Maniac fame.[36] Mr. Lobo later recounts the events and ultimately has another confrontation with a "pseudo Jericho" in a live reunion of Mr. Lobo's old comedy troupe The Moe Bettermann Show.[37]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ a b Movies on a Big Screen (9 November 2009). "Smackdown in the City of Trees: Mr Lobo vs. Chris Jericho". Movies on a Big Screen…the blog!. Movies on a Big Screen. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "WWE Wrestler Takes Heat For Film Festival Slurs". Kenny Lopez. KTXL. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "ABOUT MR. LOBO". Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Reverend Steve Galindo (23 December 2003). "Lesson 19: The First Saints of Woodism". Church of Ed Wood. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cinema Insomnia, with your Horror Host, Mister Lobo!". Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Brad Cook (12 November 2010). "Film Threat - Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIX (dvd)". Film Threat. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Scott Moon. "Other Projects". Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Sacramento County Sheriff. "SacSheriff Kids!". Sacramento County Sheriff. Sacramento County Sheriff. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Sacramento Splash. "Video: The Mysteries of Vernal Pools". Sacramento Splash. Sacramento Splash. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  10. ^ ToyFusion (28 September 2009). "YouTube - Toy Fusion Fan Film for the 2009 Gi Joe Convention Joecon". ToyFusion. YouTube. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Davis Radio Theater". GeoCities. Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Erik Lobo (30 December 2000). "Script - The Last Thanksgiving - ERIK Lobo - FALnet". FALnet. FALnet. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  13. ^ WonderCon. "Secrets of Horror Hosting". WonderCon. WonderCon. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  14. ^ B Movie Nation (1 July 2009). "Five Easy Questions: "CINEMA INSOMNIA" LEGEND MR. LOBO". B Movie Nation. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Mark Mihalko (11 July 2010). "BLOBFEST 2010 (random pictures)". Mark Mihalko. Blogger. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  16. ^ Monster Bash News. "Monster Bash Guest List". Monster Bash News. Monster Bash News. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Movies on a Big Screen Sacramento". 
  18. ^ a b Carla Meyer (14 August 2010). "Horror and humor join hands at TV taping tonight in Sacramento". The Sacramento Bee. The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  19. ^ a b c "Insight: Biology of Belief / Prop 8 / River of Skulls / Poetry / Mr. Lobo (August 13, 2010)". 13 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  20. ^ Time Tunnel Toy Show and News (30 December 2009). "We were very lucky to have Joyce Dewitt & Prisci...". Time Tunnel Toy Show and News. Blogger. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  21. ^ "Queen of Trash". Queen of Trash. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  22. ^ David Albaugh (10 September 2010). "10 Questions With Mr. Lobo". David Albaugh. WordPress. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  23. ^ a b "Mr. Lobo & Open Lines". Coast to Coast AM. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  24. ^ colesyx (1 November 2010). "YouTube - JC and Insane Criminal Deviants: Coast to Coast AM". YouTube. Retrieved 1 November 2010. 
  25. ^ "News". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  26. ^ ElviraVideos (18 October 2010). "YouTube - Elvira's Not a Witch". YouTube. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  27. ^ CinemaInsomniaTV (21 October 2010). "YouTube - Re: Elvira's Not a Witch". YouTube. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  28. ^ CinemaInsomniaTV (30 October 2010). "YouTube - RE: Monster Mash". YouTube. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  29. ^ Darkstone Entertainment (10 May 2010). "vimeo - Criswell Predicts! #6 - Body Modification". Darkstone Entertainment. vimeo. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  30. ^ Darkstone Entertainment (10 May 2010). "vimeo - Criswell Predicts! #7 - Community of the Universe". Darkstone Entertainment. vimeo. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  31. ^ DarkstoneEnt (15 July 2010). "YouTube - Spade Episode #1-10 RECAP (Part 1)". DarkstoneEnt. YouTube. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  32. ^ "PLAN 9 - News". 
  33. ^ CoolDMZ (6 November 2009). "Chris Jericho/Mr Lobo controversy hits TMZ". The Sac Rag. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  34. ^ CarterDempseyFairy87 (27 November 2009). "YouTube - Chris Jericho Racial Slurs TMZcom". YouTube. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  35. ^ ToyFusion (6 November 2009). "YouTube - Mr Lobo challenge to Chris Jericho WWE TMZ". ToyFusion. YouTube. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  36. ^ thechrisanderikashow (16 December 2009). "YouTube - Mr. Lobo finally fights Chris Jericho arrested". YouTube. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  37. ^ moebettermann (10 July 2010). "YouTube - Moe Bettermann Reunion pt. 8". YouTube. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  38. ^ Ken Hulsey (11 August 2010). "Zoinks! Mr. Lobo Makes A Guest Appearance On SCOOBY DOO?". Monster Island News. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  • Baker, D (2005). "Who Is the Best Horror Host In the World?", Monster News, Issue 12.
  • Duran, C (2005). "Cinema Insomnia Goes Coast To Coast", Monster News, Issue 12.
  • Stanley, J (2007). "I WAS A TV HORROR HOST", Creatures At Large Press.

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