Bowling. Chicken. “Robot Chicken.” Those three fairly disparate things all came together for a one night only event — “Robot Chicken’s” Season 8 party during New York Comic Con.
“It wasn’t easy to get here, and we know that,” said Seth Green, who emceed the event alongside his co-star Breckin Meyer. “We know you had a lot of Comic Con Thursday night parties that you could’ve gone to. We appreciate you choosing ours.” The event, held at Brooklyn Bowl in, of course, Brooklyn, also saw the premiere of “Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship.” The third of the stop-motion sketch show’s DC Comics specials focuses on Batman and Superman, hence the capes worn by many in attendance.
Before kicking off the main event, Seth Green spoke to CBR TV’s Brett White upstairs at Brooklyn Bowl and discussed “Robot Chicken’s” surprisingly unfiltered partnership with KFC, the magical friendship between Batman and Superman and his brush with playing a certain blue X-Man.
On what it was like working on a campaign for KFC and whether any of their ideas went too far:
Seth Green: They were really pretty lenient. Their whole goal was to attract the same audience that we get on the show, and to that end they didn’t want to compromise our humor or our perspective on anything. So we pitched them a bunch of things and they were very open to all of our weird concepts as exemplified by the content we did for them.
We have the Colonel say, “Of course it’s cannibalism to you, but if humans tasted this good I’d eat humans.” So we thought that was [Laughs] really ballsy on their part.
On why they teamed with DC Comics for a third special:
We love DC Comics. And plus, we had this opportunity to tell a story about Batman and Superman and their magical friendship [Laughs] In a year where Batman and Superman are really, you know, being talked about a lot, we wanted to show a different side of it.
We had already talked about doing another DC Comics special. We had such good luck with the first and second one, we really enjoyed the experience and audiences seem to like ‘em so we talked with [DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer] Geoff Johns — it usually happens, [Matt] Senreich and Geoff Johns go out to dinner and they’re like, “Why don’t we do another special?” “Oh, what do you think it’ll be?” And then they come back with jobs for all of us. [Laughs]
On which heroes he gets most excited about voicing for the specials:
I get to play Batman, which is ridiculous, and I’ve been twice nominated for an Emmy for playing fucking Batman. So that just doesn’t seem real. … It’s the only time you’ll ever see me nominated for playing Batman, for our show.
On what Marvel and DC characters he’d like to call dibs on:
I thought Nightcrawler would be a good part for me. I auditioned for it way back when Alan Cumming did it, but then Alan Cumming did it and he was so awesome.
On what fans can expect from “Robot Chicken” Season 8:
We keep hiring young writers to give us their perspective on pop culture and we keep putting it through our lens and making it a positive, like, you know, a celebration of the silliness of the things that we love. It’s really just more of that.
On how things have changed now that the show is entering its second decade in existence:
We’re having, like, 20-year-olds say things like, “I grew up watching the show,” which is funny. I try not to let it reflect on my own age. I’m more thinking how interesting for us to be in this position to empower young people to apply their own point of view to the same stuff. We’re just like a bunch of dumb kids getting together playing with toys, and somehow it’s been on the air for ten years. The fact that other people are into it blows our mind all the time.
On how long they think the stop-motion series could run:
A while ago, in the fourth season, Matt said that we could be like “SNL,” in that we could EP a show that constantly had new performers and new writing staff and have something that’s a cultural touchstone in a current time. I mean, our turnaround is different because “SNL” is live. We’ve got like a 10- to 11-month turnaround so all of our pop culture has to really be sticky for us to cover it. But I do like the idea of the show being on for several years. It’s been great, man, I couldn’t imagine a better thing.