Archer Live Review: The T-Shirt Cannon, The Tentacle Porn, And Much More

By Kristy Puchko 2013-01-15 06:47:04 discussion comments

Photo credit: Joel Murphy of Hobo Trashcan.

The show kicked off with Yates revving up the crowd with a quiz and costume contest complete with prizes. I leapt at the chance to win the coveted Archer Spy Pen, which warns the cap falls off for no reason, and did so by knowing that Judy Greer not only voices Cheryl Tunt, but also Krieger's virtual girlfriend. Shortly thereafter, Yates revealed something fans did not know about Krieger and his holographic ladylove: they are big fans of tentacle porn. (If you don't know what tentacle porn is, do not Google it. Some things can never be unseen. An educated guess will tell you all you really need to know.) Yates then showed us a clip of the Krieger-made tentacle porn that stars himself and his vgf and made the audience squeal and laugh in turn. Intrigued? You'll have a chance to see this bizarre bit of animation in Season 4 with an uncut version on its eventual DVD.

Still rattled, we were introduced to tonight's panel: "the darling from the south with a butthole for a mouth" Amber Nash, "lover of exotic fruits and prescription medications" Chris Parnell, "American treasure" Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter who "rescued the blind from a guide dog gone rogue" Jessica Walter, and H. Jon Benjamin…sort of. Those who've also watched Jon Benjamin Has a Van know the comedian with the sexy deep growl of a voice does not look like Archer. In fact, a special feature from the Season 2 disc—which screened later with Benjamin scowling beneath it—had quite a lot of fun with this fact. So, when they announced his name and a strapping young man who greatly resembled Sterling Archer took to the stage, the audience erupted in baffled giggles. The man opened his mouth, and we could hear Benjamin over the loudspeakers as his human puppet gamely played along, lacking any kind of sync. It was fantastic and led to the fake Benjamin picking a girl from the crowd to "kiss Archer" only to be pulled on stage, where the fake was swapped for the real Benjamin who stood on an apple box to reach her mouth.


Photo credit: Joel Murphy of Hobo Trashcan.

She became flushed and embarrassed and repeatedly shied from his kiss, sparking mock fury that was revisited throughout the night with Benjamin shouting, "I'm gonna' be bummed out all night…I know I'm 35 years older than you but come on! It's not like you never kissed a teacher before!" The lunacy didn't stop here. Skits were regularly ended with one of the cast grabbing a t-shirt cannon and firing it into the audience while the chorus of "Danger Zone" played on a loop. Walter, who in sharp contrast to Mallory or her Arrested Development character Lucille Booth, was radiant with warmth and excitement as she fired t-shirts into the balconies. Parnell stayed true to character, screaming "suppressing fire" as he shot his. Asking who wants to get shot in the nuts, Tyler plucked a smug teen from the audience and brought him on stage where she did just that. Finally, Benjamin ended his feud with the flustered fan by firing a t-shirt right to her.

In the midst of all this, three scenes were performed live. One from season three's "Drift Problem," where Pam drives Archer, Lana and Cyril away from the wrathful Yakuza. Since George Takei was not on hand to reprise his role as the Yakuza leader, Yates filled in with an impression that Tyler deemed, "only moderately racist." Benjamin retorted sagely, "We can all stride to be only moderately racist," adding it would make for a better world. There was also a scene from part one of season four's finale, but I'll get into that later this week in a special spoilers report. And lastly, they held impromptu auditions for who would play Cyril opposite Tyler for a re-enactment of "Skytanic"s final scene, where Lana and Cyril make up while pushing a massive bomb out of the rigid airship.
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