Vampires stalked San Diego Comic-Con on Friday night as the stars of What we do in the shadows celebrated the fourth season of the FX show. The evening, co-organized by The Hollywood Reporter and FX, turned the Gaslamp Quarter Meze restaurant into a vampire nightclub, the party following the critically acclaimed series which earned seven Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Shadows talents such as Matt Berry, Kristen Schaal, Harvey Guillen, Mark Proksch, Emmy nominated writer Stefani Robinson, writer Paul Simms and director Kyle Newacheck mingled with the crowd.
Guests also included Shazam! star Zachary Levi, who chatted with comic book legend Jim Starlin, the creator of characters such as Thanos. A CC cross has occurred when The Suicide Squadby David Dastmalchian took photos with Shazam!is Jack Dylan Grazer. Others present included Minnie Driver, Danny Trejo, The boys star Jack Quaid, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds stars Ethan Peck and Celia Rose Gooding, rick and morty co-creator Dan Harmon and actor Chris Parnell, who embraced his Archer co-star Aisha Tyler.
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What we do in the shadows star Berry said THR on the red carpet, this season four “was the most fun to do”. When asked about the show’s Emmy nominations, Berry pointed out that accolades were not his goal. “Anyone who watches the show is a big bonus for me,” the Lazlo actor said. “Anyone who likes the show is an even bigger bonus. So that’s all that really matters to me.
Proksch’s character Colin Robinson got a shout out on the drinks menu, with a Baby Colin Robinson (sprite and grenadine) offering a non-alcoholic option. He said THR the Emmy recognition was a welcome surprise, given the nature of the show. “It’s a quirky, very niche comedy, and these days it doesn’t usually get a lot of attention,” the actor said. “So being able to bring fans to the show over time is really rewarding.”
Executive producer Robinson said THR that it’s been hard to fathom all the positive attention the series has received. “It’s amazing to be at Comic-Con,” Robinson said. “Everything is beyond my wildest dreams.” Robinson also admitted that the show’s team doesn’t tend to plan much beyond the current season. “The cliffhangers that we left for everyone, we don’t necessarily have plans to fix them.” The series, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m., has been renewed through the sixth season.
The event was held in accordance with local health and safety guidelines. This year’s Comic-Con is the first in three years, after the convention went virtual in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. At the time, The boys has become a major force in the geek world.
The boys star Quaid said THR that he is as ignorant as the audience of what awaits his character, Hughie. “This is the time when I can just be a fan,” Quaid said. “I’m just waiting for the scripts to come out, and I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen. I have no idea what’s going to happen, so I’m going to read this first script and be very surprised.
Minnie Driver took part in a Comic-Con panel for her next film Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose, in which she stars with Simon Pegg and Christopher Lloyd, and she received praise from the supportive audience for the event. “It’s such a good vibe,” the actress said. “Everyone is so cool and happy to be here and having a good time that I’m so thankful it’s not virtual anymore.”
The What we do in the shadows will appear in Hall H for a panel on Sunday from 1:15 p.m. Schaal, who performs The Guide on Shadows, teased of the season four characters, “Everyone level up on their journeys.”
—Tiffany Taylor contributed reporting.