Comic-Con 2012: Guide To The Funniest Panels – Thursday

See the casts of Archer and Workaholics, plus the RiffTrax guys in San Diego!

Geoffrey Goldenby Geoffrey Golden

Going to San Diego Comic Con 2012 and don’t want to get stuck in a panel about breaking into Marvel’s janitorial staff? Here are the can’t-miss comedy panels for Thursday, July 12th. Once the schedules for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are released, I’ll wade through those for comedy panels, too. (You’ll find me at The Devastator comedy magazine booth at B-04 – stop by to maximize your humor intake!) Here are five panels that stood out to me for their potential hilariousness:


2:05-3:05 Walt Disney Studios: Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and Wreck-it Ralph— Walt Disney Studios hosts a Q&A panel featuring the imaginative director of Frankenweenie, Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland); a special look at the world of Oz The Great and Powerful with director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy); and the illustrious voice cast of Walt Disney Animation Studios' Wreck-It Ralph, including John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program), and director Rich Moore (Futurama). Hall H 

— From the trailer, Wreck-it Ralph looks like it could be the funniest animated movie in years. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman talking about it with a Futurama/Simpsons director? This panel sounds like it’s worth warping into. [Image via]


5:00-6:00 Archer: Screening and Q&A— This animated half-hour comedy revolves around the spy agency known as the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and the lives of its self-involved employees. Series creator Adam Reed (Sealab 2021) and the show's voice actors discuss their daunting and enigmatic work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping, and undercover surveillances-which are all actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain. Panelists include H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers) as the highly skilled yet incredibly vain master spy "Sterling Archer," Aisha Tyler (The Talk) as Archer's fellow agent and ex-girlfriend "Lana Kane," Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) as the easily intimidated comptroller-turned-ISIS-agent "Cyril Figgis," Judy Greer (Arrested Development) as the loquacious secretary "Cheryl Tunt," and Amber Nash (Frisky Dingo) as the discordant director of human resources for ISIS "Pam Poovey." Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront 

— Your mission is to infiltrate this panel and laugh your ass off. This message won’t self-destruct, because it’s text on a blog. [Image via]


6:00-7:00 RiffTrax Live— Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett(, Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short. Join the riffers for fun, laughs and the latest news about their upcoming "Manos" The Hands of Fate and Birdemic live shows, playing for only one night each in select movie theatres nationwide this August and October. is the site where MST3K-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows and vintage shorts. At RiffTrax they don't make movies, they make them funny! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront 

— No need to awkwardly sync your computer to your TV to enjoy the hilariousness of Rifftrax. [Image via]


6:30-7:30 Comedy Central: Workaholics— Comedy Central's hit series Workaholics features three friends, Adam, Blake, and Ders, who work together from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9, and party together 24/7. Whether they're getting ready to rage at a Renaissance Faire or take the stage as their gangster rap alter egos "The Wizards," the guys find trouble wherever they go. Stars, co-creators, writers, and executive producers Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck take fans behind the scenes and give a sneak peek into upcoming new episodes, including a few special guests that are guaranteed to be "Tight Butthole." Fans will also be able to compete for a chance to have their name written into a future episode. S'Go! Room 24ABC 

— Guaranteed tight butthole? That might be the best guarantee you’ll get at Comic-Con this year. [Image via]


8:00-9:30 Comics on Comics LIVE! with Jon Schnepp and Chris Gore— Producers Vito Lapiccola and Juan-Manuel Rocha and The Hollywood Improv host another amazing edition of Comics on Comics LIVE at Comic-Con. Host Jonathan London ( welcomes the return of fan-favorite writer/producer/director Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Brothers), film guru Chris Gore (Attack of the Show, PodCRASH), and the always-controversial comics journalist Rich Johnston ( for another hilarious episode of the podcast where the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics! And if that wasn't enough, Comics on Comics presents the world premiere of Schnepp's Grimm Fairy Tales animated trailer, produced in association with Zenoscope Entertainment and funded via Comics on Comics  debuted in 2008 and quickly gained popularity and praise due to its high concept format and memorable guests (including Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, Dark Knight Rises producer Michael Uslan, and DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns). Find out more at Room 5AB 

— Jon Schnepp is a hysterically weird and talented Adult Swim creator. He’s sure to be a great guest on this funny podcast. [Images via, 2]


Geoffrey Golden is the Editor in Chief of The Devastator: The Quarterly Comedy Magazine For Humans! Header via.