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

Find out how to catch the cast of Archer, preview the new “Beavis and Butthead” and more at San Diego this year!

 Geoffrey Goldenby  Geoffrey Golden

Planning a trip to San Diego Comic Con 2011 and don’t want to be stuck in boring-sounding panels about the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund? (Zzzz?) Not to worry – CraveOnline has got you covered.

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 Thursday’s can’t-miss comedy panels that unfortunately I will be missing. Once the schedules for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are released, I’ll wade through those too, skipping 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 five panels that stood out to me for their potential hilariousness:


3:00-4:00 Effin with Tonight Be a part of the world premiere of former Tonight Showwriter Jim Shaughnessy's reinvention of late night, Effin with Tonight starring Patrick Warburton (The Venture Brothers, The Tick ) in the first all-original animated late night talk show. Panelists include Patrick Warburton, writer/creator Jim Shaughnessy, co-writer/EPJerrod Cardwell (Arsenio Hall, George Lopez), and the voice cast of Rachel Butera (The Howard Stern Show), Jay Lamont (Comedy Central standup, Def Comedy Jam), and Joe Cipriano (the voice of FOX television, CBS TV, the Emmy Awards and the Grammy Awards).Effin with Tonight is comedically uncompromising. No hypocrisy is ever ignored, no jokes are off limits, and celebrity phoniness is always exposed. Exclusive preview clips will be shown followed by a Q&A. Effin with Tonight is a Sony Crackle web series debuting in September.Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


I can’t vouch for whether the show is actually good, but “animated late night talk show” and the awesome Patrick Warburton sounds like a promising hour to me.

4:00-5:00 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 2021Frisky Dingo) and the show's voice-over actors discuss their daunting and enigmatic work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, and undercover surveillances — which are all actually unmitigated occasions for the ISIS staff to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gains and prosperity. Panelists include H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's BurgersJon Benjamin Has a Van) as the highly skilled yet incredibly vain master spy Sterling Archer; Aisha Tyler (Talk Soup,CSI) as fellow agent provocateur Lana Kane; Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live30 Rock) as the easily intimidated comptroller of ISIS, Cyril Figgis; Judy Greer (Mad LoveArrested Development) as the loquacious secretary, Cheryl/Carol; Amber Nash (Frisky DingoAqua Teen Hunger Force) as the discordant director of human resources for ISIS, Pam Poovey; andGeorge Coe (Funny PeopleCurb Your Enthusiasm) as Sterling's elderly and always-exploited butler, Woodhouse. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


One of TV’s most hilarious shows will be in San Diego live and in person. It’s sure to be rowdier than an ISIS office Christmas party. However, if you notice a little red laser dot on your forehead, you’d better get the hell out of there.


5:00-6:00 Beavis & Butthead In 1993, Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butthead) and MTV knocked their heads together and launched a cartoon series starring a couple of lunkheads and unwittingly started an animated pop culture revolution. Now, Beavis and Butthead are coming back to MTV in 2011 to unleash on music videos, Jersey Shore, viral videos, and more. See the first footage from the new episodes, and join Mike as he discusses the duo's return to MTV! Room 6A


Heh heh… this panel’s gonna suck… oh, wait… I mean, it’s gonna be cool. Heh heh. Yeah. Heh heh… Yeah.


7:00-8:00 Writing Movies for Fun and Profit— Meet Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, The State, I Love You, Man) and Robert Ben Garant ( Reno 911!, The State, Bob's Burgers). Sure, you love their cult TV shows, but the movies they've written —  Night at the Museum I & II, The Pacifier, etc — have made over a billion dollars at the box office. Their new book Writing Movies for Fun and Profit will teach YOU the secrets of the studio system and everything you need to know to break into the film biz and start earning piles of money by SELLING OUT. Join them for an informative and irreverent Q&A. Room 5AB


These two brilliant comedy veterans have a chip on their shoulder larger than the worldwide gross for Night At The Museum II. Should be a very entertaining and mean-spirited hour. This and “Archer” are likely to be the most buzzed about comedy panels on Thursday.


7:00-8:00 Penn & Teller Tell a Lie They've been fooling people for years, and now they're going to do it on the Discovery Channel. Penn Jillette and Teller talk about their 35+-year careers, answer audience questions, and introduce their new fall series, Penn & Teller Tell a Lie. In each episode, they'll answer the big, urgent questions of the modern world such as: Can you make a welding torch out of bacon? Can you lift a 5,000-pound car with human hair? Can Teller survive a piranha attack? But there's a twist — each episode presents several amazing stories, but one of them is an out-and-out lie. It's up to you to figure it out!Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Not interested in Hollywood insider stuff? Penn and Teller are consistently entertaining and funny. Being able to go to this and Lennon/Garant at the same time would be the ultimate Comic-Con magic trick.