It’s been a while since I posted… Life hasn’t been super easy lately. (My mother’s health went quickly downhill, and she is now in hospice care.) But dammit, when life is hard? Comedy!
Every once in a while a show will come along that needs more space to talk about than will fit in a couple of tweets.
And today, that thing is Kings of Con, which you can find on Comic-ConHQ.com. (Also available through Amazon video.) This is a brilliant web series, so chock-full of talent and comedic brilliance that I feel it deserves all the support and love from its fans that it can get.
It would be so easy for a show like this to make fun of the fans, to make caricatures of fandom. And it simply doesn’t. Sometimes the interactions with fans can be a little awkward, yes, but it’s such an affectionate portrayal, and the main characters are often so awkward and lovable, that it feels like it’s a love letter to fans of all kinds that we can be awkward and lovable together.
The comedy comes from these two characters getting themselves into ridiculous situations, which yes, is pretty much the definition of any successful comedy. But I’m really grateful those situations are not pinned on the idea that they are reluctantly beloved in genre land and that they just put up with fans.
Again, that would be such an easy trap for a series like this to fall into. But they cleverly navigate the waters, so that the ridiculous situations with fans are really funny without throwing fans under the bus. So the fan Rob sleeps with in the first episode? She does not become a stalker. In fact, the fun is that he gets his feelings hurt when she doesn’t stalk him. So they take the expected and twisted into the unexpected. Comedy gold.
And the awkward meeting with a fan who lovingly created a paper mache head? Well, yeah, that doesn’t turn out well, but by gosh if Rob doesn’t try.
Rich and Rob have a marvelous chemistry, on screen and off, which is why they’ve become such mainstays at Supernatural cons. They turn their proven dynamic into a comedic tour-de-force by exaggerating their personas into fictional portrayals that manage to be, in turn, neurotic, cad-like, ridiculous, shameless… But in the end, altogether charming.
Ooh, and I could go on for aaaages about the guest stars. So. Much. Talent.
I also highly recommend the after-show, the Kings of Conversation, which truly invites the fans to be a part of the experience. Fan questions, polls and art are weekly features, along with the fun hosts’ segments.
I’ll be in the YouTube livechat, if you want to hang out. (Come play!)