A writer on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and featured as the beloved arch-nemesis Pearl Forrester, Mary Jo Pehl is, of course, best known for being a crossword puzzle clue in a national magazine.

Mary Jo has toured the country with Cinematic Titanic, the live version of MST3K, and currently teams with MST3K alum Bridget Nelson for their hilarious movie commentary on RiffTrax.

She has also been featured on Hidden America with Jonah Ray and Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite. Wired magazine named her one of the top 100 geeks to follow on Twitter, and ToplessRobot.com called her Pearl Forrester one the Top Ten Delightfully Hammy Villain Performances.

Mary Jo has been featured at comedy and theater festivals with her show One Across: My Life As a Former Crossword Puzzle Clue and her book, Employee of The Month And Other Big Deals is available on Amazon.

She currently stars in the web series Ruth Larson Lives! and is featured on the 3rd and 40 podcast.

Mary Jo has written for magazines and websites, and contributed to several anthologies. Her commentaries have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, and she has appeared live with the Mortified show and been featured on its podcast.