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 making hilarious movie commentary on RiffTrax. She has also been featured on Hidden America with Jonah Ray and Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite.

Mary Jo has written for magazines and websites, 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. Her book, Employee of The Month And Other Big Deals is available on Amazon.

Mary Jo has been featured at comedy festivals with her show One Across: My Life As a Former Crossword Puzzle Clue.