Bruce Campbell Turns Tables on Salt Lake Comic Con Goers
Bruce Campbell turned the tables on attendees at Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 when he moderated a panel of attendees. Audience members were asked about talents that they could demonstrate or events that were interesting that they could talk about. When Campbell found a suitable he guest, he brought that person on stage, interviewed him or her and asked for a demonstration of the talent if necessary.
Campbell showed off his vast knowledge of Salt Lake City and Utah while finding people to talk to. He kept his language mostly clean, talked about drinking sarsaparilla and kicked guests off the stage for mild infractions violating stereotypical Mormon behavior codes.
As Campbell played game show host to a marine, a singer/tap dancer, a therapist and three people who claimed to be double jointed, he also made them stars of the hour. Other audience members were not left out as Campbell bantered from on stage with quips like “raising kids isn’t a talent, it’s an affliction.”
The tap dancer/singer showed off her talent in stocking feet. When she sang “Amazing Grace,’ it was clear that she was nervous. Campbell asked her if it was okay to go without shoes because in some places in Utah it is illegal. The performer said that it was perfectly fine as long as there were fewer than three people without shoes on because the old school definition of an orgy was three people with bare feet. She left the stage with no reward because of her raucous comments.
The therapist came up to reveal that he was really a social worker; this also left him without a reward as lying in Zion is frowned upon.
When the three double jointed contestants were on stage, one was not really double jointed but could rotate his hands in opposite directions. When asked to reverse that, he could not. The woman with a double jointed finger did gross out Campbell a bit, but it was the man with the double jointed shoulders that won the prize for grossing everyone out.
Campbell’s session was unique up to that point; however, later in the day, Alan Tudyk would take a similar track. Campbell finished his session by taking a couple of questions from the audience.