Y’know, we used to publish these roundups of what to anticipate at New York Comedian Con yearly. However that pesky pandemic popped up just a few years in the past – perhaps you’ve heard of it? – and we haven’t felt the necessity to do that since 2019. We’re happy and excited to not solely be returning to NYCC this 12 months, however that it’s certain to be one of the crucial Muppet-centric in an extended, very long time.
Should you plan to attend this 12 months’s New York Comedian Con, learn on to find out about all of the Muppet-related stuff you’ll be capable to see, purchase, and do on the Con!
Simply probably the most thrilling half about this 12 months’s Comedian Con is the official illustration of the Massive Three. We’ve acquired panels concerning the Muppets, Sesame Avenue and Jim Henson!
In fact, we’re most enthusiastic about Jim Henson: The Early Years. Not simply because it’ll be a celebration of Jim’s earliest work and the brand new “Sam and Pals” e-book, however as a result of it’ll be hosted and moderated by me! ToughPigs’ personal Joe Hennes! I’m excited to speak with “Sam and Pals” writer Craig Shemin, puppeteer Ryan Dillon, archivist Susie Tofte, and artist Dave Hulteen concerning the new e-book and the way their work has been influenced by Jim Henson’s earliest tasks. It’s certain to be a enjoyable one, and we hope to see you there!
Jim Henson: The Early Years
Saturday, October 8 – 4:45pm
Subsequent up, we’ll be handled to a panel selling the upcoming Disney+ collection Muppets Mayhem, with the human stars of the present (Lilly Singh, Tahj Mowry and Saara Chaudry) and the Government Producers (Adam F. Goldberg, Jeff Yorkes and Invoice Barretta). The panel guarantees “thrilling information, unique footage, and extra”, so this can be our very first tease exhibiting what we are able to count on from the present! We don’t count on there to be any Muppets making appearances, however with Invoice Barretta on the panel, we’re protecting our fingers crossed to see a sure gold-toothed keyboardist.
The Muppets Mayhem
Sunday, October 9 – 11:00am
Lastly, the manufacturing firm behind Sesame Avenue: The Musical might be internet hosting a panel. We don’t have a lot information on what – or who – might be there, however contemplating their panel final 12 months featured appearances by the puppet solid of Winnie-the-Pooh, we’d be shocked if there wasn’t a puppet or two on this one.
Sesame Avenue: The Musical
Sunday, October 9 – 3:15pm
We all the time, all the time, all the time discover enjoyable Muppet merch at Comedian Con. We haven’t heard of any Muppet-related Con exclusives, however that doesn’t imply we received’t be shocked. However the Con additionally options an enormous vendor space with classic toys and bootleg shirts. Should you’re available in the market for one thing with a Muppet on it, you’re assured to stroll away with one thing distinctive or culturally vital (to our tradition, not less than).
No Comedian Con go to could be full with out a go to to Artists Alley, the place a whole lot of gifted artists are standing by to point out off their abilities, promote their work, and meet their followers. We all the time spot unimaginable (and unofficial) Muppet, Sesame, and Henson paintings, and sometimes instances we go the additional mile and purchase some to brighten our partitions. Plus, there are unimaginable artists who’ve labored on official Henson tasks like Katie Prepare dinner and Jay Fosgitt who you possibly can meet within the flesh (and spend somewhat cash at their tables).
Cosplayers are intensely artistic and devoted people. And once they gown as Muppets or incorporate them into their costumes, it’s jaw-dropping. It’s all the time a deal with to run into one in all these Muppet cosplayers, and I can’t wait to see what this 12 months’s New York Comedian Con can have in retailer.
Should you like well-known individuals (I imply, who doesn’t? That’s why they’re well-known!), there are hundreds to fulfill at Comedian Con. And like most celebrities price their salt, lots of them have labored with the Muppets! You may pay somewhat additional for a meet-and-greet to ask Drew Barrymore what it was like being on Elmo’s Not-Too-Late Present, ask James McAvoy why he agreed to such a short cameo in Muppets Most Needed, or ask John Leguizamo if his Captain Vegetable costume was uncomfortable. You’ll find a full listing of NYCC visitors right here.
However right here’s the large factor about Comedian Con: It doesn’t matter what you do, you’ll have a great time. And if there are Muppets concerned, then that’s a reasonably good bonus. Have a fantastic Con, Muppet followers!
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by Joe Hennes – Joe@ToughPigs.com