October is just days away, which means, soon, many people will have an excuse to put on scary masks, ridiculous costumes or slutty outfits that transform women into the objects of men’s fantasies. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, New York Comic Con is right around the corner. The four-day fest of all-things-nerd happens Oct. 11-14. And while there are plenty of panels with potential to be pretty preposterous (Steampunk 101, Geek Moms: Raising Young Padawans), there are also quite a few that are actually meant to be funny.
Comedy at Comic Con kicks off Friday with musical duo Brian and Dave, who promise to be “more than just your average acoustic guitar/glockenspiel duo.” +2 Comedy—featuring Noah Houlihan, TJ Del Reno and Will Millar—covers topics like comics, video games, table top and anime.
Friday also boasts time with some of the biggest brands in comedy. Comedy Central has a three-hour block that will be used to introduce some of its new fall programming. With upcoming shows like Nick Kroll’s Kroll Show, Daniel Tosh’s animated Brickleberry, and a new season of the sketch show Key & Peele, there’s no telling what kind of sneak peaks are in store. CollegeHumor will also bring together some of their top talent for an evening of stand-up and sketch comedy for show dubbed CollegeHumor Live: Live From The Internet. Adult Swim also makes its first of many appearances with the Robot Chicken panel with Seth Green and co-creator Matthew Senreich.
Saturday is really the day for all-things Adult Swim. David Wain will sit on a panel with the producers, animation director and story editor of Superjail! And Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV will share a panel featuring Rob Corddry, Wain, Paul Scheer, Curtis Gwinn and Jonathan Stern. China, IL will also host a panel on Saturday where show producer Daniel Weidenfeld and show creator Brad Neely will be joined by comedian Hannibal Buress.
Also on Saturday, The Nerdologues brings together a group of comedians — Alex Talvera, Andrew Bentley, Bill Kenkel, Chris Geiger, Claire Friedman, Eric Garneau, Joe Gennaro, Kevin Reader, Steve Persch and Tim Dunn — for sketch comedy and storytelling exclusively centered on nerd culture. And if you want to hear some real pros talk about comedy, the staff of the best-selling humor magazine comes together for Mad about MAD.
I think there’s also some stuff about comic books going on too. But you’d have to check the full schedule to see where you need to be and when you need to be there.