Perhaps the weirdest concept to have graced the Nerdmelt Showroom
A fake Buffy/Angel reunion held in the back of a comic book store in Los Angeles. What could go wrong? Nothing, technically. The show was funny. I wrote down plenty of humorous quotes as I watched this bizarre panel unfold. Gender swap, a fake Chris Clemenson (Lord Balthazar) shirtless and eating tapioca pudding with his fingers, Count Chocula, and Donald Trump as Josh Wheaton. That’s right, Josh Wheaton.
It was funny. It was bizarre. But I’m not entirely sure I understand the concept. It might seem to be a show for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, but in actuality it had little to do with the show. It was like “Buffy/Angel reunion” was the prompt someone yelled out from the audience before seven comedians proceeded to do improv for an hour. Let’s not even talk about the fact that Angel had very little to do with this show. Except maybe a surprise guest near the end of the show (Tom Kiesche) who was one of three people at the show that had actually been on either Buffy or Angel (in his case he had acted on both playing two different characters). Plus, Buford the blood expert for both of the shows whom might have been the best part of the reunion. And he was an entirely made up person.
To Paul Goebel’s credit he interweaved Buffy/Angel trivia throughout the panel and allowed for audience questions, but for the most part the show felt like a group of comedians constructed their own character based only loosely (and inaccurately) on the show’s cast and crew and just held on to that for dear life while Paul threw questions at them. I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of the panelists had never seen the show all the way through. There might have even been one or two comedians that hadn’t ever seen an episode.
Highlights included “Donald Trump” posing as Joss Whedon (or, as he likes to say, Josh Wheaton) for the entirety of the show, “Alyson Hannigan” misusing the word ironic, and “Sarah Michelle Gellar” talking about Star Wars Rebels every chance she got. And good old Buford. He did the blood on Star Wars Rebels too, didn’t you know?
So if you’re looking for a bizarre comedy show somewhat related to television this could be just the show for you. There’s no telling if previous installments (Friends, Dukes of Hazzard, Lost) did more service to the original work, but this one at least had very little to do with Buffy and Angel. And maybe that’s what they’re meant to be. In that case, the show that’s reuniting has very little to do with the bigger show and it might be worth a visit next time regardless of the subject. Because while it wasn’t really a Buffy/Angel reunion, it was still a good time.
If you’re interested, Television: A Reunion (20 Years Later) produces a show every 1-2 months at Nerdmelt, usually on a Friday or Saturday. Follow @paulgoebelshow for updates.