Frank Conniff

Frank Conniff (born August 30, 1956 in NYC, NY, USA) is best known as TV's Frank, Dr. Clayton Forrester's be-spitcurled sidekick on MST3K. Along with his on-screen persona, Frank was also a writer for the show. Frank's duties for the show also included picking a vast majority of the movies featured on the show. Frank also reportedly found many of Coleman Francis' movies hysterical and so they were all featured on the show. Some of Frank's least favorite movies include: End of Days (with Arnold Schwarzenegger), Green Lantern, Sucker Punch and Mamma Mia! [1]

After MST3K

Frank Conniff was a writer for "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" (on which he also made a cameo appearance) and the animated cult favorite "Invader Zim".

In 1995, Frank co-wrote the MST-like primetime TV special Attack of the Killer B Movies, which starred Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark

Comedy Central Writing Staff Years

Frank frequently chose most of the movies that showed during his time on the show.

Currently Frank works as a successful stand up comedian. He produced a long-running live comedy show in Los Angeles called "Cartoon Dump". Frank is also a member of the crew of Cinematic Titanic, riffing on bad movies alongside fellow MST3K alumni.

In 2011, Conniff appeared in the satirical dark comedy God Bless America. Conniff also wrote and performed satirical bits for the second and final season of FX Network's political sketch show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell". Like Michael J. Nelson and Co., Conniff also frequently provides witty comments on his Twitter and FaceBook page.

In a 2012 stand-up comedy act for Top Story! Weekly, Frank revealed that he had been raised Catholic but no longer was of that religion. Instead of being an Atheist, he chose to put his belief in a fictional God. Frank also revealed that he had been sober for 27 years.[2]

In fall of 2014, Frank appeared as the title Frankenstein's monster-based character in the music video comedy short The Frank along with other MST3K members. Later that same year, Frank, Trace and Joel appeared during a short which had them recounting the highlights of their personal experience with Thanksgiving and it was shown in-between the bumpers for Turkey Day '14.

In 2015, Frank began appearing in the traveling live movie-riffing show The Mads Are Back, with Trace Beaulieu.

In 2016, Frank Conniff began co-hosting the podcast Movie Sign with the Mads, along with Trace Beaulieu and Carolina Hidalgo. That same year, he published a book entitled "Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life In No Way Whatsoever". He followed that book in 2017 with new books "Cats V. Conniff" and "How to Write Cheesy Movies".


Regular roles

Guest apperances

Personal quotes

  • "I’m from New York City. I’d moved to Minneapolis in 1985 to go into drug rehab. I ended up staying and doing stand-up comedy. Basically, I was a very unknown stand-up comedian when I got on Mystery Science Theater."
  • "I’ve never gotten any residuals or royalties from the show, or any money from merchandising. But that has never been a bone of contention with me, because Mystery Science Theater was my first TV show. I’ve always been totally cool with that."
  • (on the difference between geeks and nerds) "I think a nerd gets beat up, and a geek gets beat up and then goes and watches an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." [3]
  • (on his assigned task on selecting the bad movies for the show) "I think I was given the job because everybody else was busy with other stuff. [We looked for] a movie that's really bad but at least watchable and with a somewhat of a plot..." [4]
  • (on his favorite so-bad-it's-good movie) "A movie from the sixties called The Oscar with Steven Boyd and Elke Sommers is my all time favorite bad movie." [5]

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