I am Bill Corbett, best known as a writer and performer on MST3K (Crow!) and RiffTrax. I’m here today to talk about my new podcast RINGHEADS, an irreverent Tolkien podcast. Ask me anything! RINGHEADS: https://www.patreon.com/ringheads
[UPDATE IV: It's Friday June 4. I answered some questions yesterday but have more time today, at least a few hours. I'll have to keep my answers to questions asked on the original AMA day on Wednesday, but that's still most of 'em. If I don't answer it MIGHT be because your question - or one very similar - was answered elsewhere in this big thread? Maybe look it over if so.
If you have any interest in helping to keep our RINGHEADS podcast get through this year (but not beyond!), please see my carnival barker spiel directly below in Update III.
Anyway, thanks so much to everyone for your interest, your kind words, and your great questions. I'm sincerely grateful for it all!
[UPDATE III: I am stopping for today (June 2). I'll try to catch up on questions over the next few days, though. There's a lot of them, which is awesome, thank you for the interest! But I think that high volume will make it necessary to stop with questions asked this day, Wed. 6/2/2021, and not beyond that.
In the meantime, please excuse the shameless pitch, but if you can support RINGHEADS on Patreon, I'd really appreciate it. Link right here:
To make the case for supporting us on Patreon:
1) It's only 4 bucks per month, and that will get you lots of exclusive Patreon content: blog posts, extra video episodes (also in podcast form if we get sufficient Patreon support), jokes, Q & A time, etc.
2) RINGHEADS will definitely not run past 2021. How long into 2021 we go depends on a lot of factors, including the financial support. But we have no intention of keeping this podcast going indefinitely! My point being: we'd only need your support for a limited time, not... y'know, forever.
3) It's never been our goal to make a big profit, or even ANY profit, from this niche podcast. But we can't operate from a continuing loss for long. Right now we're quite short of the money needed to pay the people who help us make this podcast (editors, etc.) anything even close to what they really should get paid. If we don't hit something like $500 / month soon, we'll have to end the podcast early.
4) Everyone is still very welcome to listen on other platforms -- right now it's Pocket Casts, Spotify, that ol' dinosaur Libsyn, and soon, hopefully, Apple. (They've been changing their whole system this month, so it's been a mess - but they say they'll be sorted out soon) But supporting us on Patreon is the only way to ensure that we can keep going.
Sorry for the sales job, I hate doing that stuff. But still thought it worth personally asking you. Thank you!
- Bill ]
Hi Reddit pals, Bill Corbett here to talk about RINGHEADS, my new podcast. It’s a limited-run series (for his year only), where my RiffTrax colleague Sean Thomason and I delve too greedily and too deep into LORD OF THE RINGS and J.R.R. Tolkien in general. We’re approaching the 20th anniversary (!) of the first of the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING in 2001. Sean and I share a love of the movies, but no particular reverence, so this is not a super-serious explainer podcast. It’s two professional clowns who were trying to get through the pandemic lockdown and pretty much dared each other to read THE SILMARILLION. We’re not experts. They do exist out there and we’re not them! This podcast is about us trying to understand this dense, detailed universe created by Tolkien while keeping it light and full of dumb jokes. A combination of love and frustration and wisecracks. Anyway, ask away! I’ll be here for the next few hours, and will also come back later this afternoon to answer questions I missed.
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[UPDATE, SEVERAL HOURS LATER: I have to go attend to some others things for the next few hours, including record a new episode of RINGHEADS. I'll be back later to answer whatever questions are still unanswered. Thanks for your time, interest, and patience. I'm having a blast. See you in a bit! -- BC]
[UPDATE II: I am back, babies. Ready to dive into your questions again! FYI my RiffTrax colleague and Ringheads co-host Sean Thomason is also in the comments, talkin' Tolkien.]