#153 Chris Bliss and Josh Weinstein
When you think of Weinstein, think of Einstein. When you think of Bliss, think of estrogen.
Weinstein was one of the founding writers/performers of the show in 1988 at the age of 17. He changed his professional name from “Josh” to “J. Elvis” to avoid confusion with former Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein. The two are frequently confused nonetheless. Weinstein worked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 during its original appearance on Minneapolis UHF station KTMA-TV from 1988 to 1989, and its first season on Comedy Central (then called the Comedy Channel) from 1989 to 1990. After leaving Mystery Science Theater 3000, he went on to become a writer for The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, Malcolm and Eddie, and he wrote and produced the critically acclaimed NBC dramedy Freaks and Geeks. He has also been the head writer for NBC’s late night show Later with Greg Kinnear, and America’s Funniest Home Videos. Weinstein has an extensive background in stand-up comedy; he has performed over a thousand shows as a stand-up comedian, and has also written material for Garry Shandling, Dennis Miller, Roseanne Barr, Louie Anderson and other comedians. He is currently the president of Stinkburger Inc.
Chris Bliss is an American stand up comedian and juggler, perhaps best known for a viral video of him juggling to Beatles songs. Aside from his performance career, Bliss has also started the nonprofit MyBillofRights.org, granted 501(c) 3 status in 2006. The goal of the project is to create monuments and other public displays of the United States Bill of Rights in civic spaces across America. Their first display was dedicated in Montezuma, Iowa on July 5, 2008. A monument at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix has been approved and is in the final stages of design development. The Bill of Rights Plaza design, for the Texas State Capitol in Austin, has also been approved for fundraising. The organization is funded by individual contributions, and has also been supported by the Newman’s Own Foundation.