Comic-Con: Barenaked Ladies make surprise appearance at “Big Bang” panel



By ERIN MAXWELL
Let’s start today with a shared nerd experience, and nothing is nerdier than a singalong.”

That was Wil Wheaton’s introduction to “The Big Bang Theory” panel, which kicked off with a rousing round of the theme song, as performed by surprise guests, Barenaked Ladies (who were commissioned by producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady to write the show’s jaunty theme song). The group singalong set the tone for the event, which please fans of the show who were waiting outside Hall H for hours.

Wheaton, who plays Sheldon’s nemesis on the show, moderated the panel by asking questions he received from Twitter, Facebook, folks shouting from the audience and people he met on the street.

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What ensued was a panel that covered topics like action figures, ping-pong tournaments, Harry Potter, another group singalong featured “Soft Kitty” and all things geeky. Here’s a small sampling of the banter among thesps Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg and co-creators Lorre and Prady:

What is the geekiest thing you do in real life?

Galecki: Badminton. And “True Blood.” And GI Joes.

Wheaton: The size ratio of GI Joes always bothered me. You couldn’t get them to play with your Star Wars toys. And then He-Man came and really screwed things up.

Helberg: I liked the GI Joes. I was always a small guy, so I kind of liked that GI Joes were small guys.

Parsons: I like talk radio. I find it comforting. It’s not really geeky, but more of a cry for therapy.

Cuoco: I admit it. I love “Harry Potter.” When Wil visited the show for the first time, I was reading the first book. I was late to the party. He was very excited for me. He accompanied me to the Harry Potter museum on the (Warner Bros.) lot.

Wheaton: You were a Slytherin.Bigbangcomiccon2

Cuoco: I WAS NOT A SLYTHERIN. Oh, wait. I think I was.

Do you have anything in common with your characters?

Galecki: There is a frustration in Leonard that I can relate to. It’s the angst-filled, grass-is-always greener fuelling that I understand.

Who would you like to get on the show?

Prady: Well, low down on the list is Wil Wheaton.

Kunal, what if you were to get together with a “woo girl”? Would you throw it in Howard’s face and flaunt her in the morning?

Nayyar: That’s a stupid question….WWWHHHHEEEAAATTTOOONNN! Do you think the entire cast will ever go to Comic-Con on the show?

Parsons: It’s very hard to shoot outside.

Lorre: We’re like an indoor cat.

Prady: The only way we can do this is if you all come to Burbank.

Bigbangcomiccon1 Who is your best friend in the cast? (asked by a 10-year-old fan)

Cuoco: You want to break up the cast!

Parsons: You are Wil’s evil little daughter.

Wheaton: Thanks, sweetheart. You can go wait in the lair now.

Cuoco: You are a horrible child.

Prady: Don’t let the famous lady scare you, dear.

If you had superhero abilities, what would they be and what would your name be?

Galecki: I’d take flight and be called Dave Grohl.

Parsons: Instant world peace and be called Jim Peace.

Helberg: Fly, but not tell anyone. Then I’d join a ballet or a basketball team so I’d jump and last a half second longer in the air. I’d be called Lightfoot.

Nayyar: To make things awesome and be called Awesome Man.

Helberg: You are a master of innuendo.

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