I lost the original message, but someone asked about “Sleeeeeeep.” Anyone who know where this comes from want to help me out on this?
Here’s what I typed for AnnotatedMST.com, for episode 302, Gamera:
A favorite riff of MST3K’s, usually employed whenever someone is nodding off or just seems dazed. This appears to be the first occurrence of it. While it may be a reference to cheeseball hypnotists, it could also be a direct impression of Bela Lugosi’s hypnotic ways in 1931’s Dracula and 1956’s Bride of the Monster (MST3K episode 423). One last, random possibility: in the 1980s, supposed “World’s Fastest Hypnotist” Marshall Sylver appeared on several TV shows, including Late Night with David Letterman, where he would entrance people while barking, “Sleep!” at them.