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‘RiffTrax Live’ takes a bite out of ‘Sharknado’

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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett returned to theaters on July 10 to take on the most talked about B-movie of 2013. “RiffTrax Live: Sharknado” took place at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn. and was broadcasted to movie theaters nationwide via Fathom Events.

As it has been with previous events, there was a pre-show that consisted of hilarious anagrams; fake movie facts and mistakes; and fake movie quotes. One of the supposed mistakes simply read “Megan Fox as April O’Neill” – taking a jab at the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Another mentioned how the director of “Jaws: The Revenge” let the cameras roll and released the filmed footage into theaters.

A lot of the jokes had something shark-related or fish-related, since the guys were taking on “Sharknado.” But there were some great slides that included fake quotes, including one from “Taken 3” in which Liam Neeson says, “Just keep her this time.” Another one talked about how the success of “The Lego Movie” has led to other “Lego” films, including “Lego Apocalypse Now” and “Requiem for a Lego Dream.”

When the slide show ended, the guys took to the stage. Before the show started, the guys riffed on a horribly bad instructional video about springs. It was called “A Case of Spring Fever,” and one of the jokes took a stab at Jenny McCarthy’s recent stand against vaccination.

The man in the instructional video learns about the importance of springs from an animated spring named Coily. He then proceeds to bore all of his companions and makes them mess up their golf game.

Another treat the guys gave the audience was a sneak peek at the upcoming riff of 1998’s “Godzilla,” which will stomp into theaters on Aug. 14. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at your local box office and on the Fathom Events website. From what was shown, it looks like it will be a great time.

“Sharknado” is already a pretty silly movie in the first place, but that didn’t mean the guys couldn’t come up with some outrageously funny jokes about it. A covered shark bite was referred to as the removal of someone’s “No. 1 Lou Bega fan” tattoo, and the director of photography was joked as “any 15-year-old boy.”

One of the funniest moments came when the group was going to get explosives ready to take on the Sharknado. And one of the guys shouted that the Australian character was going to “put so much shrimp on the Barbie” with the explosives.

“RiffTrax Live: Sharknado” contains some of the most hysterical one-liners about Tara Reid’s failed acting career; the other actors who don’t even try; how the weather looks extremely wet in one spot and completely dry in another; and how the final moments were part of Murphy’s “birth video.” And the guys cracked that maybe one of the sharks swallowed Bruce Campbell, and he’s fighting his way out with a chainsaw.

A special clip of “Sharknado 2: The Second One” was also shown at this event. But there is no word if the guys will tackle it. However, after witnessing them take on “Sharknado,” it would be a blessing if they tackled the sequel soon.

An encore of “RiffTrax Live: Sharknado” will take place on July 15 in select theaters nationwide. Click here for a complete listing.

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