The Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain, once an institution exclusive to Austin, Texas, has spread its tendrils of movie-dom across the nation. For the uninitiated, the Drafthouse combines three elements into a holy triumvirate of a film-going experience: good flicks, a full waiter and meal service (read: booze brought to the table), and a nearly fascist commitment to eradicating talking and texting among audience members (maybe you remember this Patton Oswalt video).
And the Drafthouse is no stranger to the comedy scene, either. They just announced the launch of a new nation-wide series called The Movie Interruption, featuring noted film lover Doug Benson and his fellow comedic comrades riffing on classic (and not-so-classic) films like Lethal Weapon, Love Actually and Gothika. The Benson Movie Interruption shows will feature Doug in person, interrupting the movie with some of his friends and local performers, while the regular weekly Movie Interruption shows will feature Doug in spirit, having helped to choose the movies and the comics who interrupt them.
Although not yet a fixture at every Drafthouse location, the series will kick off in Kansas City, MO, Yonkers, NY, and Littleton, CO. Chris Cubas and Rob Cantrell will be hosting the Kansas City and Yonkers events, respectively. Not every movie will be up for grabs, though: “We won’t be interrupting 12 Years A Slave, for instance,” says Benson. Probably a good call.