When you think about the types of celebrities that go to New York Comic Con, you probably think about people associated with shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Star Trek. You’d assume people from Marvel movies and Star Wars would be in attendance as well.
And you wouldn’t be wrong. But if you dig into the giant list of entertainment guests attending NYCC 2019, you’d be surprised how many unexpected celebrities are scheduled to attend. There are some really big names, quite a few of which aren’t the kinds of people you generally associate with nerd culture.
If you’re on the fence about attending NYCC, these celebrity appearances might just put you over the edge!
1. Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd has been in a lot of hilarious movies and shows over the course of his career including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, episodes of Friends, and lots of other stuff. But it was his role as Ant-Man that brought him into the hearts and minds of nerds everywhere!
2. Adam Savage
Adam Savage doesn’t really have anything to do with comics (or even comic movies for that matter). However, you could argue that Mythbusters and Savage Builds are pretty nerdy. Either way, you can see him do a panel at NYCC, and you know full well that it’s going to be entertaining.
3. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is the current AEW champion and an internationally known rockstar as the frontman of the popular band Fozzy. While we’ve argued that wrestling is pretty nerdy, Jericho is probably the least likely to be at a comic convention. But alas, he’s coming to NYCC to do an AEW panel, which is quite exciting.
Gangrel is a legendary figure in the world of WWE, as his vampire persona was one of the more interesting characters of the Attitude Era. He even helped introduce fans to Edge and Christian (who, unfortunately, won’t be at NYCC).
5. Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly is a huge celebrity with most of her roles falling outside of the geek realm. Requiem for a Dream and A Beautiful Mind are hardly nerdy. But her latest role in Snowpiercer puts her squarely in the sights of nerds everywhere, making her a perfect guest for NYCC.
6. Jodi Benson
You’re probably looking at the name Jodi Benson and wondering who she is. She’s a voice actress who has appeared in all sorts of shows and movies, but she’s best known as the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Certainly not nerdy, but it just goes to show that you never know who will be at NYCC.
7. Jon Moxley
Jon Moxley is a wrestler who used to go by the name Dean Ambrose in WWE. Now he’s making waves in AEW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and on the independent scene under his pre-WWE name. He’s not one to make a lot of public appearances, so his presence at NYCC is quite surprising.
8. Kel Mitchell
“Welcome to Good Burger…” is a line that anyone borning in the mid to late 80s remembers well. While Kel Mitchell hasn’t played many roles that would be considered nerdy in the traditional sense, NYCC is also big on nostalgia, and it doesn’t get much more nostalgic than All That and Keenan and Kel!
9. Mick Foley
Mick Foley might be one of the most beloved wrestlers in history. He’s had some of the most insane matches (including one where he lost part of his ear), and he’s played some of the most interesting characters. Nothing about his is particularly nerdy, but he’s going to be at NYCC anyway, and that’s a good thing for all wrestling fans!
10. Paul Reubens
Pee-wee Herman himself is going to be at NYCC this year! And while Paul Reubens is certainly known mostly as the titular character in Pee-wee’s Playhouse, he’s had plenty of nerdy roles as voices in video games and even appearances in Gotham.
11. Seth Green
I probably don’t have to tell most of you who Seth Green is. He’s been in tons of movies, has his own TV show, and has voiced some iconic video game characters. His line of work isn’t what makes his presence at NYCC surprising, but his level of celebrity certainly does.
12. Vincent D’Onofrio
Vincent D’Onofrio isn’t necessarily the person you’d expect to find hanging around NYCC, but then you’d be forgetting that he just played Wilson Fisk in Daredevil. Sure, most of his roles leading to that point weren’t nerdy (the jury is out on Men in Black), but being Kingpin makes him a perfect guest for NYCC.