J. Elvis Weinstein

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J. Elvis Weinstein
Birth name Joshua Stuart Weinstein
Born (1971-05-21) May 21, 1971 (age 46)
United States
Years active 1987–present
Notable works and roles Mystery Science Theater 3000
Website http://www.stinkburger.com

Joshua Stuart Weinstein (born May 21, 1971),[1] known professionally as J. Elvis Weinstein, is an American writer and performer, best known for his roles as Dr. Laurence Erhardt and the original puppeteer and voice for Tom Servo and Gypsy on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Mystery Science Theater 3000[edit]

Weinstein was one of the founding writers/performers of the show in 1988 at the age of 17. Weinstein worked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 during its original appearance on Minneapolis UHF station KTMA-TV from 1988 to 1989, and its first season on Comedy Central (then called the Comedy Channel) from 1989 to 1990. However, a significant age gap existed between him and the other cast members; he was only 17 when he joined the show, having been recruited by Joel from his "Creative Stand-Up and Smartology" comedy classes. This ultimately led to Weinstein feeling unhappy with the more professional approach to the show the move to the Comedy Channel demanded, and caused him to leave the show.[2]

Work after MST3K[edit]

After leaving Mystery Science Theater 3000, he went on to become a writer for The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, Malcolm and Eddie, and he wrote and produced the critically acclaimed NBC dramedy Freaks and Geeks. He changed his professional name from "Josh" to "J. Elvis" to avoid confusion with former Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein.[3][4][5][6] He has also been the head writer for NBC's late night show Later with Greg Kinnear, and America's Funniest Home Videos.[5][6][7]

Weinstein has an extensive background in stand-up comedy; he has performed over a thousand shows as a stand-up comedian,[citation needed] and has also written material for Garry Shandling, Dennis Miller, Roseanne Barr, Louie Anderson and other comedians. He is currently the president of Stinkburger Inc.[6]

He also appeared in the 2010 science fiction computer game DARKSTAR - The Interactive Movie as Captain Cedrick Stone of the Galactic Discovery II.[8]

Cinematic Titanic[edit]

On October 30, 2007, Joel Hodgson announced he was starting a new show with the same "riffing on bad movies" premise as MST3K called Cinematic Titanic, together with former MST3K cast and crew members Weinstein, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl.[9]

Weinstein continued to tour with Cinematic Titanic starting from November 2012 until the show's indefinite hiatus in December 2013.


On July 18, 2015 Weinstein was awarded the Melvyn Douglass 'Best in Show' Award at the Macon Film Festival for the film Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me to Be, which he directed.[10]


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