7:13pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Comic-Con: Joss Whedon Takes Shots at Donald Trump, Paula Deen While Moderating 'Another Period' Panel
Geek legend Joss Whedon made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday night, but rather than taking a seat on the panel, he stepped up to the podium to moderate Comedy Central's Another Period.
Comedy Central's Drunk History revolves around sisters Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt (creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, respectively), the first family of Newport, R.I., at the turn of the 20th century who only care about fame. It's a satire on reality staples like Keeping Up With the Kardashians blended with Downton Abbey. The series is produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour and directed by Drunk History co-creator Jeremy Konner. The cast also features Armen Weitzman, Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster and Jason Ritter.
"Everything I have seen about this show is my favorite thing," Whedon said in his opening remarks. "It makes us laugh but it makes us think and it reminds us of the universal truth: that rich white people are f—ing insane. It's obviously a fantasy and something we can all laugh at, because those days are all over — and then Donald Trump says something. I suspect he may be a Bellacourt."
Whedon's appearance comes after Marvel — aside from its ABC TV block — ditched plans to present at Comic-Con this year. Whedon next will appear at Dark Horse Comics' special panel with the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind on Saturday afternoon in Hall H.
Whedon stayed on point throughout the panel, peppering the cast and creators with questions about how the show is made and how much of it is improvised. One awkward moment came during the audience questions when a fan jokingly asked the creators if any of the black face jokes were inspired by beleaguered cooking personality Paula Deen.
"She does act like it's last century, much in the matter of the Trump," Whedon said as he steered the conversation back on track.
Another Period airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.
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