Joseph M. Newman (August 17, 1909 – January 23, 2006) was an American film director most famous for his 1955 film This Island Earth. His credits include episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
He was nominated for two Academy Awards in the now defunct category of Assistant Director, for David Copperfield and San Francisco. —Wikipedia
Seeing MST3K with an actual audience is something worth experiencing once, even if the movie version isn't the greatest episode.
I was greatly disappointed after hearing so much hype from friends who enjoy cult films... it just wasn't very funny. The commentary was very humorous at times, but those moments were few and far between. Most of the commentary consists of simple crude humor. I think the film they were mocking was actually better than theirs.