It is not to my surprise why CBS hit comedy series, “The Big Bang Theory,” is a huge fan favorite at Comic-Con. And this year, it’s proven to be even more of a “big bang”- its panel was amongst other massively popular television giants in Hall H.
A video of Season’s 5 gag reel kicked off the panel, and instantly roars of laughter filled the room.
Moderator Adam Savage (from “Mythbusters”) introduced showrunners Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, Steven Molaro; cast members Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons (via satellite from New York), Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, and Melissa Rauch. Due to his flight delay, Johnny Galecki, was, unfortunately, unable to attend.
Savage asked everyone what their favorite moments were from last season. Almost everyone on the panel favored the scene when the Wolowitz’s take off into space, as well as when Sheldon takes Amy’s hand (and, yes- the audience chimed in with their “awwws…”). Parsons particularly pointed out how he really likes the direction in which Sheldon’s relationship is going with Amy “no matter how slowly that may be.” Speaking of relationships: the show creators revealed that Raj’s character will soon have romance. “After falling in love with Siri, I don’t know how much lower on the rope you can go!” Nayyar said. Helberg said that his own personal highlight was doing a Stephen Hawking impression in front of Stephen Hawking. And everyone, including Rauch, seemed to agree with this as well.
There were some funny fan questions that were asked; some that stood out for me, personally were:
-(Asked by a guy dressed up as Howard): “How do you fit in to your tight costume?”
Helberg admitted that it did require quite a bit of assistance by female wardrobe staff (such as taking his pants off). He also looked forward to seeing what kinds of outfits were hanging in his dressing room every week. “It was a lot of sucking-in…and praying,” he jokingly added. And the Wolowitz fans laughed hysterically.
-A fan from Mexico asked if the cast, themselves, all get the brainy, scientific references that are mentioned on the show. Kaley Cuoco acted a bit offended, but not at all surprised, that her co-stars turned to look to her immediately. She confessed that it’s a challenge for her to do the “long live and prosper” sign. Oh, Kaley… so adorable when a little clueless, but we love her!
A female fan asked Parsons if “he was a man or a puppet.” He coyly answered, “I’m a man.” Then added it was “appropriate casting.” Then emphasized again, “But, I’m a man.”
Cuoco was asked who the better kisser was: Johnny or Kunal. “I’ve kissed Johnny more, but Kunal was good,” she answered. “It was like kissing my brother.” Half intrigued and disgusted, Helberg interjected, “You’ve kissed your brother?!”
- My personal favorite moment of the entire panel: the cast was asked to sing that ever-so-famous little ditty, “Soft Kitty!” Melissa Rauch was asked to start, then the others joined in, and even Parsons sang via satellite. Oh, take my word…it was a huge geek musical eargasm!
Now, the biggest surprise of any Comic-Con event I’ve ever seen was a fan winning a trip to outer space, courtesy of astronaut Rick Searfoss! Initially, Searfoss invited Helberg to join him, but after seeing a video of what such experience would actually BE like, he quickly declined; hence, a lucky female fan won the trip after having opened up an envelope, which contained the winning “golden ticket!” Wow! I mean: BAZINGA!
Closing out the panel, Adam Savage announced, “The Big Bang Theory… Going where no sitcom has gone before.”
Big Bang Theory Comic Con 2012
Outside THE BIG BANG THEORY panel at Comic-Con 2012, from left to right: Moderator Adam Savage from MythBusters, XCOR Chief Test Pilot/former NASA Astronaut Richard Searfoss, star Simon Helberg, executive producer Steven Molaro, star Kunal Nayyar, star Mayim Bialik, star Melissa Rauch, co-creator and executive producer Bill Prady, star Kaley Cuoco and co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre (© WBEI. All Rights Reserved.)