Review: Kings of Con
By r brassington, Dec 22 2016 10:00PM
It’s the first time I’ve reviewed a TV show on my blog, and this one is definitely worthy of a review. Kings of Con is a web series produced by Lionsgate and airing on the new Comic Con HQ channel. Produced, directed by and starring Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr., it follows their adventures as hapless actors on the convention circuit, now starring (some reluctantly) in homages to their characters rather than pursuing any new acting roles. Summed up by Rob Benedict’s character (aptly named Rob), ‘I’m an actor. Like, I went to acting school. For acting.’
Although I’ve never been to a convention in my life, it’s easy to get a feel for the world this show is loosely based on, and, as rumour has it, most of the events portrayed in the episodes aren’t too far from real events Rob and Rich experienced during their years on the convention circuit.
Crowdfunded on Indiegogo, this is a gem of a series. Seven episodes in, and far too short in length, it benefits from sharp writing, surreal capers and an ensemble cast that helps the episodes achieve laugh-out-loud funny status (not the easiest to do).
Based in what appears to be a very similar hotel for every episode, the hapless duo have so far been arrested, had an unfortunate accident with a viagra substitute whilst in karaoke fancy dress, broken more than one cardinal convention rule (never sleep with a fan dressed as your character - bearded) and dealt with a pretentious thespian with a penchant for mashed potato. It is fast becoming a show not to be missed.
Predictions? Season two premiering on Netflix with an extended 30 minute time slot. Kings of Con has the potential to go all the way.