10:00 am EDT, April 15, 2012

Sean Astin crashes StarKid panel at C2E2 – Fandom Crossover!

Team StarKid attended this weekend’s C2E2 convention in Chicago to participate in a panel about their new show, Holy Musical [email protected]!. The cast appeared in their superhero costumes from the musical, and they had a new friend make a surprise appearance at their panel – fellow C2E2 guest and Lord of the Rings star, Sean Astin.


Astin appeared at the Q & A wearing the Scarecrow costume belonging to absent cast member Dylan Saunders, and sat in on the panel as an honorary StarKid. Both Team StarKid and the audience threw questions to him as “Dylan,” and he did his best to answer in character.

Team StarKid showed a behind the scenes video and answered questions about the making of their new [email protected] show, as well as talking about their favorite comic book heroes and villains, what fandoms they’re personally involved with (hint: they’re Bronies), whether they’d put on an existing show – the actual Dylan Saunders is apparently gunning for Little Shop of Horrors, which we think would be awesome – and of course, poked fun at absent Team member and Glee star, Darren Criss.


Astin appeared to enjoy the experience of being a StarKid for a day, dancing around the room with the cast as they performed “Super Friends,” the closing number of Holy Musical [email protected]!, before taking some pictures, signing a guitar, and doling out hugs to the group, telling them, as “Dylan,” “You guys will always be my Fellowship.”

Team StarKid, being the renowned geeks that they are, could not entirely make light of the situation, with Nick Strauss stating that this was the best thing that had ever happened to him, and Meredith Stepien interrupting herself mid-answer to squeal “I’m sorry, but Samwise Gamgee is sitting right there.” The whole table leapt to their feet cheering in excitement when Astin mentioned his involvement in Nickelodeon’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

Tumblr photo credits to Liz and Alethea.

Hardcore fans of Team StarKid will know that prior to A Very Potter Musical, members of the group had been involved in a Lord of the Rings parody play, snippets of which are available online.


Watch the entire C2E2 panel below:


Astin later tweeted the pic that’s in our header, saying “Best Pic Ever…so colorful! Glad @dylan_saunders got the flu” and followed it up with this one:


StarKid are planning a livestream Q&A today, so be sure to jump online and ask them how they feel about their new buddy Sean Astin.

How cool is this new friendship? What did you think of the panel? Did any Hypable readers attend C2E2?

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