It seems more and more fan-favorites are ready to share what it’s like to be involved in the Comic Con world. On Thursday, Supernatural stars Richard Speight, Jr. and Rob Benedict launched a campaign to raise $100,000 for their new single camera show, Kings of Con.
Following the years of “con adventures,” the acting duo has created a single camera comedy that is inspired by their real experiences. It notably goes beyond the autograph lines and photo ops to what really makes the cons truly crazy and unpredictable.
The comedy is described as “Broad City meets Party Down” with the honesty of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louis CK. Both Speight and Benedict will imitate themselves making their ways throughout the con world. Speight will play the role a divorced former actor who’s “love of the game” is fueled by the fame he experiences at the events while Benedict will be a recent divorcee who is returning to the circuit to cover the cots of his failed marriage and stalled career.
The production’s team stated:
“After months of crafting and writing the story, Rich and Rob–camera in hand–embarked on a convention tour, all while shooting scenes in airport hotels across the the country. Anyone remember Richard and his camera on the karaoke stage in Dallas? Catch him and his camera wandering through the merch room in New Jersey? Now you know why. After all that shooting, editing, and weeks of post production (Richard actually finished the sound mix in his hotel at #VegasCon), Rich and Rob have an airtight 10 minute teaser, aptly titled: Kings of Con.”
“There’s a reason why “Supernatural” boasts a convention circuit more passionate and powerful than any other show out there… it’s because it is made up by TV’s most passionate fan base! This fan base is the reason the show is entering it’s 11th (and counting) season. It is the reason it has garnered 7 (and counting) People’s Choice Awards. It is the reason Rob and Rich, who met on the convention circuit, are friends (..and counting?)! And it is the reason we have these stories to tell. Now we need you to help us tell them.
“We’re setting a goal of $100,000 to get a batch of episodes shot, cut and out there for consumption. If we raise more money, we’ll make more shows. Where does this money go? It will pay for locations, production crew, post-production crew, editing, equipment, food, travel, costumes, cast – all the nuts and bolts and talent it takes to mount a show and make it sing.”
Those looking to fund the project will receive various rewards including signed posters, socks, “royal selfies” and more. Since its launch, the campaign has raised $66,000 from over 1,500 backers. It is set to close on May 11th.
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