Comic-Con 2011: Guide To The Funniest Panels – Saturday

From the gamers of Penny Arcade to the paintballers of “Community,” here’s a guide for catching comedy at San Diego Comic Con. All Hail The Hypnotoad Panel!

Geoffrey Goldenby Geoffrey Golden

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Though I’ll be at booth L5 all show with my comedy magazine The Devastator (mention CraveOnline and get a free high-five!), here are Saturday’s can’t-miss comedy panels that unfortunately I will be missing. We already made guides for Thursday and Friday — the Sunday comedy guide is coming soon! So let’s skip past the panels on comic book tie-ins for video games based on movies originally adapted from comic books, and get to the goddamn funny. Here are some panels that stood out to me for their potential hilariousness:


12:15-1:00 Futurama Futurama is back! Again! On stage will be creator/executive producer Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo). Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of Futurama reincarnated as Japanese anime, along with a thrilling preview of this summer's new season on Comedy Central. Moderated by Bill Morrison. Ballroom 20 

Good news, everyone! The executive producers and voice actors for TV’s smartest sitcom – ever? – will be in Ballroom 20 this year. They’ll probably invent some kind of Comic-Con mathematic principal by the end of the panel. Convention Nachos + Stomach x Long Day Wearing Naruto Costume = Barf


1:00-2:00 Community The cast and creative team from Sony TV's critically acclaimed NBC series — Joel McHale (The Soup), Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine), Donald Glover(30 Rock), Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement), Danny Pudi (Greek), Gillian Jacobs (Choke), Jim Rash (Reno 911), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II), and executive producers Dan Harmon (The Sarah Silverman Program), Joe Russo (Arrested Development),Anthony Russo (Arrested Development), Neil Goldman (Scrubs), Garrett Donovan(Scrubs) and Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist) — come together for an animated discussion and Q&A session about what's in store for viewers this fall!Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront 

Grab your paintball gear and join the cast & producers of NBC’s critically-beloved comedy! It’s in the afternoon too, so no need to wake up early, like you have to for your stupid morning classes.


2:35-3:15 American Dad Catch a preview of the Season 7 premiere of American Dad, featuring guest star Cee-Lo Green as a singing hot tub, followed by a Q&A with cast members Wendy Schaal, Scott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane, and Dee Bradley Baker and executive producers Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, and Kara Vallow. Ballroom 20 

After a rocky first season, American Dad has grown to become one of the most daring, reliably funny sitcoms out there. Catch the cast at this event and see Cee-Lo Green as a “singing hot tub.” Go on, American Dad. I’m listening.


4:00-5:30 Scott Shaw!'s Oddball Comics— As seen in the pages of Geek Monthly magazine, cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, Bart Simpson Comics, Simpsons Summer Shindig) brings back his ever-popular digital slide show featuring "the craziest comic books ever published!" See why Stan Lee said, "Wow, True Believers, I thought I'd seen it all, but Scott Shaw's hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast!" Room 7AB 

Oddball Comics is like the MST3K of the comics world. Scott Shaw finds hilarious, ridiculous old comic books and rips them to shreds. Not literally – calm down collector nerds! He just makes fun of them.


6:00-7:00 The Penny Arcade Q&A— After establishing their tiny media empire in the gaming space with PAX, PAX East, Child's Play, Penny Arcade: The Series and the recently announced animated feature film The New Kid, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik do their first Comic-Con panel in two years. Business, life, art, games, parenting — all topics are on the table. Room 25ABC

If you’re a gamer who loves comics, chances are you eagerly await the next Penny Arcade webcomic. If you didn’t get to go to PAX this year, here’s your chance to see Gabe and Tycho (XBOX) live and in-person.