NYCC Panel Recap: Nathan Fillion & Alan Tudyk on Con Man

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Con Man! On Friday night, this Pop-Break-er had the absolute privilege to cover one of the best and funniest panels NYCC had to offer. Everything about this panel was perfect, from the witty banter between stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, from Seth Green and Felicia Day stealing the show with their cosplay dreams, and just all around great chemistry from everyone in attendance. Featured during the panel was of course stars Tudyk, Fillion, Green, Day, Alison Haislip, Nolan North, and producer P.J. Haarsma.

So without further to do, here are some of the funniest and memorable moments of the night.

The introductions- enough said

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To really kick things off, it was actually the intros that were some of the funnier moments of the night. While the moderator of the panel announced every star, Tudyk stepped out with a cardboard cut out of Fillion and vice versa. However, the moderator was unaware they would do this, so the joke introduction she had prepared for Alan — joking that his characters always gets killed off — she said for Fillion, who skipped around on stage with his Alan cut out and you could tell he was having a blast just making fun of his friend. Fillion was on point with his jokes about Tudyk and Tudyk fired back as quickly as he could and for a while it should have just been named the Nathan and Alan show because these two were just amazing.

Con Man: 2 years baking in the kitchen.

While the panel was titled Con Man- 13 years in the making, Tudyk immediately joked that the title was extremely misleading. He said it was actually only two years and was made in a kitchen, with a ton of booze, with best pal Fillion. He discussed how everything in the show is based upon his own real life experiences and the 13 years in the making comes from all the conventions he has actually attended himself. And while the two were both creators of the show, Fillion consistently joked that every time he gave Tudyk an idea and said, “Oh man you should do this.” Tudyk’s response was always, “Yeah, well actually let’s do it more like this.” However they were both extremely grateful about the response, and the donations, to the series, and talked about how it just made history recently at San Diego Comic Con by being the first web series to take H Hall by storm.

The exclusive clip and its allergy to nuts!

To say this was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time is an understatement. It was everything I could have dreamed of and more and has now converted me to buying the series and watching the whole thing in one sitting. Without spoiling too much, the clip featured Tudyk and two other men doing voice over work for a action packed video game, with a surprise cameo from Gina Torres (of Firefly fame)! However, to add insult to injury, the company felt Alan’s voice was more suited for the wounded and hurt soldiers in the game. It was a spot on performance from Tudyk and the way he delivered each line just had me laughing the entire time. Let’s just say the line, “Help…I’m allergic to nuts” has never been uttered in such an amazingly hysterical way. Fun Fact: Tudyk said this actually happened to him when he voiced a character in a Halo game as they asked him to simply say, “Ow, I’m hurt.”

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Videogames and more Con Man

When one fan asked what the future of Con Man was, Fillion of course joked right away that Tudyk’s character would be killed off shortly. However, after the laughter died down from Fillion going through the whole story of Firefly and saying it was destined for Con Man, Fillion seriously asked Tudyk if he would want to do more seasons of this. Tudyk agreed and the whole cast did as well and cheers erupted from the audience immediately. Another tidbit Tudyk gave was the creation of a cosplay/convention game with Day directing the user on how to make their own convention and is currently in production with the whole cast a crew on board for it.

Castle Cameos and Firefly reunions-sort of…

Tudyk teased that a lot more cast members from Firefly would be appearing in the show, including the man behind it all Joss Whedon, and the crowd went crazy. Along with this, a fan asked and begged Fillion for Tudyk to appear on Castle with him. The audience agreed immediately and began to chant for Tudyk to join the show, and while they both joked around that Tudyk would steal Fillion’s character but be British and better, Fillion seemed to actually take a liking to the idea and both said they would love for that to happen one day.

Poor Alan.

The night however wasn’t complete with a few too soon jokes about Tudyk’s characters fate in Firefly and a few impressions of Alan from the cast. While they all joked that Alan has a timid voice and whisper/mumbled everything they said, Alan would laugh and stop them ever so often and yell, “I don’t even sound like that.” Alan was a great sport though and started to joke the real reason he created Con Man was so he could be in a show where he didn’t die in it.
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Hello! My name is Laura Dengrove. I am currently a Junior at Rutgers University, double majoring in Journalism/Media Studies and Cinema Studies. I am a film critic and interviewer by choice, professional Linda Belcher impersonator by birth.