For years, there has been nothing funnier than when Triumph visited the line at the Star Wars premiere, but this is pretty close. Oh, poor nerds. At least they seem to have a good sense of humor about it all, after years of being violently taught to have a good sense of humor about it all.
Comic-con, which ended early last week and where that clip was filmed, is kind of problematic.
On the one hand, I respect a convention whose origins are in providing a subculture with a safe haven for sharing in the enthusiasm and exuberance of one’s interests. Mostly. I guess I don’t support Nazi conventions, but you know what I’m saying. It’s easy to make fun of tens of thousands of full-grown nerds dressed as their favorite Pokémon, but they aren’t gathered together in their costumes outside of a Fleet Foxes concert, or whatever it is that cool people do that makes them feel superior. It’s fully appropriate for them to dress up for nerd paradise. Good for them. On the other hand, Comic-Con also has become overwhelmingly corporate and mediatized, overrun not by fanboys and hardcore enthusiasts, but by marketing executives and PR people, working the convention to their own ends, as one long advertisement for some movie that doesn’t come out until 2011. And that is gross, and I do not support it.
Nevertheless, as that clip proves, and proves hilariously, nerds are still the easier targets. I guess nine minutes of Bluetooth jokes and sly jabs at the slick social graces needed to further the shelf-life of your product isn’t as immediately hilarious.
Oh, here’s an extra bonus: Triumph presenting a Comic-Con panel on TV Funhouse.