A guide to comedy at the 2012 New York Comic-Con

The Javits Center west of midtown Manhattan once again plays host this weekend to the annual New York edition of Comic-Con.

While pop culture in the form of blockbuster movies and network TV has taken a lot of the shine away from comic books, Comic-Con — both the main San Diego edition in the summer as well as the NYC edition each autumn — makes room for the other kind of comics, too. Most of the comedy in the form of live stand-up shows and panels for TV comedies takes place during the Friday and Saturday sessions.

So if you’re going to NYCC this weekend and want to take time-outs from your cosplay photography and gameplay to enjoy some live comedy, here’s what to mark in your own personal calendars.


12:15 p.m., Adam West and Burt Ward (the original campy TV version of Batman & Robin)

12:15 p.m., Musical comedy from Dave and Brian (Brian Smith, Dave Hopping)

12:30 p.m., Christopher Lloyd Q&A


2:45 p.m., AMC presents Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men


4 p.m., Husbands

5:15 p.m., The Venture Bros.

5:15 p.m., +2 Comedy from Noah Houlihan, TJ Del Reno and Will Millar

6:30 p.m., Comedy Central (among other things, a sneak peek at Nick Kroll’s Kroll Show)

6:30 p.m., Robot Chicken

8 p.m., CollegeHumor Live. Hosted by CollegHumor.com’s Pat Cassels and Jeff Rubin, the show will be headlined by “World Champion” Judah Friedlander, plus Mike Drucker and a live “Hardly Working” sketch.


1 p.m., The Nerdologues, sketches and personal stories from Alex Talavera, Andrew Bentley, Byron Hatfield, Chris Geiger, Claire Friedman, Eric Garneau, Joe Gennaro, Kevin Reader, Sasha Kraichnan and Steve Persch

1:30 p.m., “Comedy, Videogames, Comic Books and the Internet: A Steamy Love Triangle with CollegeHumor, Jest and Dorkly,” an Internet panel

2:30 p.m., China, IL — from Adult Swim, with Brad Neely and Hannibal Buress

2:45 p.m., Uncle Yo Comic-Con Stand-Up, with Karl Custer.

2:45 p.m., King of the Nerds, coming to TBS in January

3:30 p.m., Superjail!

4:15 p.m., panel for the Evil Dead remake, featuring Bruce Campbell and Jane Levy

4:30 p.m., Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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