There was a good amount of live comedy to be found at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA. Aside from hundreds of creative and often hilarious costumes, several comedians had audiences laughing at panels while promoting their TV series, movies and other upcoming projects. Various venues in San Diego’s gaslight district hosted special nighttime events over the 4 day convention including stand up performances by Patton Oswalt, Adam Carolla and Joel McHale.
But it was Comedy Central’s House of Comedy event and VIP party on Saturday night which knocked other comedy shows out of the park. The night featured a mixed blend of live comedy including stand up sets by a cast of comics who lend voices to Ugly Americans: Kurt Metzger, Matt Oberg, Randy Pearlstein and Pete Holmes who hosted the night. Maria Bamford and Adam Devine put on stellar sets while Nick Swardson showed a sneak peek of his upcoming sketch show, Pretend Time With Nick Swardson. This particular clip bit featured a trust fund cat who is subjected to a wheelchair after getting hit by a car which had the audience rolling. Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz of Saturday Night Live fame played the roles of Tom Brokaw and Aaron Neville in a genius sketch bit taken straight out of a long lost SNL episode but the two were on hand to promote their new series Big Lake (which debuts on Comedy Central August 17th).
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Unannounced performances by Shane Mauss (Last Comic Standing) and John Oliver (The Daily Show) completed the night. Hanging out and catching up with all of these comedians at the VIP party was something special in and of itself.
And as if that wasn’t enough – bonus! – everyone received either a free iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad case care of Speck Products. I traded someone an iPad case for a standard iPod Touch case. Call me old fashioned.
ALSO, check these out for more fun from Comic-Con….
THE ADAM CAROLLA PODCAST
Adam was broadcasting LIVE smack in the middle of the 41st annual Comic-Con in San Diego. Adam talks to leaders of the New Media frontier and some professional nerds.
BILL SIMMONS’ B.S. REPORT – ESPN
Bill Simmons talks to TV critic Alan Sepinwall about Comic-Con, the Emmys, the weak summer TV schedule and the one show that saves it: Mad Men.