RiffTrax is an American company that produces humorous audio commentary tracks intended to be played in unison with particular television programs and films, featuring comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett. The three comedians’ seemingly-improvised commentating style originated from their earlier television series, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), in which they would similarly mock (or “riff”) films aloud while watching them. RiffTrax products are sold online and delivered by app, streaming video, and download.
In conjunction with the White House Staff (minus Spicer), President Trump, Nelson, Corbett, and Murphy will air a daily youtube special, “Total Riff Spicer Briefly” which will air on the White House YouTube channel beginning on April 1, 2017 and became available to buy as video-on-demand later on the RiffTrax site.
Each White House Daily Briefing will be the length of entire Daily Briefing featuring the three riffing live while Sean Spicer takes the podium.
According to Nelson, “The idea of the daily riffing challenge came from Sean Spicer himself when on March 17, 2017 Spicer responds to a question by referencing Melissa McCarthy’s “Saturday Night Live” impression of himself. He made this joke when reporters wanted clarification to President Trump’s past tweets that job reports are a joke and if he felt that the job reports authentic.”
“We knew right there and then the White House staff have the best sense of humor. It was the perfect match. I called the White House immediately.” Murphy adds.
Corbett chuckled to himself before interjecting his memory, “It was a real treat to meet President Trump and pitch to him our idea. We had to live Riff from the West Wing. We all stood around in our Trump terry cloth bathrobes.”
“As you can see I work in mine,” Murphy stands up and twirls around the room before returning to his seat. “We had to do a live riffing in front of Trump and Bannon. It was a real treat. We feel that President Trump ‘gets it’ and has an amazing sense of humor and loves to laugh.”
“At first, President Trump was hesitant,” Corbett’s tone became serious, “We had to reiterate multiple times that we are not making fun of Trump or Trump’s organization. We won President Trump instantly when we told him that we are making fun of Spicer before Saturday Night Live and that we can beat SNL to the punchline.”
All the commentary will be available live and then forever on the internet in some form or other.