J. Elvis Weinstein
|Josh "J. Elvis" Weinstein|
|Birth name||Joshua Weinstein|
May 21, 1971 |
|Notable works and roles||Mystery Science Theater 3000|
Josh Weinstein (born May 21, 1971), later known 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 on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
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.
Work after MST3K
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. He has also been the head writer for NBC's late night show Later with Greg Kinnear, and America's Funniest Home Videos.
Weinstein has an extensive background in stand-up comedy; he has performed over a thousand shows as a stand-up comedian, 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. Most notably, though, is his fervor for writing and editing his own Wikipedia page, which he claims stems from a genuine addiction to Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia software.
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.
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.
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- Cinematic Titanic - Homepage of MST3K alumni Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff, Josh Weinstein, Trace Beaulieu and Mary Jo Pehl
- 2015 Macon Film Festival Awards