By 10pm on Saturday night, every major Comic-Con announcement had pretty much happened. But while people were obsessing over new Aquaman and Shazam trailers, I was sitting on the grass behind the San Diego Convention Center watching Rick and Morty co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon host a fake interstellar radio show fueled by equal parts insanity, improv, and alcohol.
The “Floop and Noop and Bloops Show” -- also called the “Scroopy Noop Doop Show,” “Snoopy Gloopo Asks the Scoops,” or whatever other combination of sounds Roiland decided to make each time he said it -- was ostensibly a two-hour long preview of the Rick and Morty soundtrack album with commentary from the show’s creators, but it went wildly off the rails from that pitch in the best possible way.
The audience (which was surprisingly small, maybe around 200 people) was given headphones while Roiland, Harmon, and Tammy voice actress Cassie Steele spoke into mics while sitting at a small table just in front of us. Roiland could choose whatever songs to play through the headphones, but also had a soundboard full of shock jock radio show-style noises and pre-made callouts for their fake radio station.
It basically felt like listening to one of their podcasts live, with Rick and Morty joining the “studio” as Roiland voiced them live. But while the radio show premise was pre-prepared, the vast majority of the show was improvised. It was all just an excuse to make up bits and gags for two hours while occasionally playing a song from the album.
One of the funniest moments came early on when they took their first “caller” question from the audience: a well-meaning fan dressed as Thor asked what the inspiration behind Rick’s character was. Rick answered Thor himself by saying something along the lines of “I’m not a f***ing character, I’m a real person. That’s the bit tonight. Ask me a question.”
Harmon then chimed in and wanted to ask Thor a question instead, and an honest fan question turned into a ridiculous discussion about the mechanics of his hammer and why worthiness would need to be tied to a hunk of metal. They didn’t take another question for an hour and a half.
At any other panel, the trivia questions likely would have been about the show itself, but Harmon was literally googling “trivia” on his phone while on stage.
They did, however, play a hysterical game called “What Does Morty Know?” a few times, where they asked Morty questions and then would see if a fan could guess whether or not Morty would know the answer to them before he responded. The right choice was usually no, but Roiland’s improvised riffing as Morty trying to figure them out were amazing.
The best part of that game was that it was so wonderfully underprepared. At any other panel, these likely would have been trivia questions about the show itself, but Harmon was literally googling “trivia” on his phone while on stage because he couldn’t think of any. They ranged from “What is the correct use of the apostrophe when spelling ‘you’re’?” to “How many legs does the millipede with the most legs have?” to “What was the name of the real-life serial killer who murdered anywhere from 20 to 200 people in New Hampshire during the 1893 World’s Fair?”
In between all these gags, they did give us glimpses of the soundtrack itself, which reminded me just how much good music that show produces outside of the infamous Get Schwifty. Most of the time they would also talk over the songs or play fart noises from the soundboard, but sometimes they’d just let something play for a bit.
As the night went on, the little structure that there was broke down -- not that that’s a bad thing. Roiland started called Harmon “Dan” instead of Noop or Snoops, and the radio show premise melted away as midnight got closer. It was clear they were having fun, and we were too, so it didn’t really matter how they did it. (The steady supply of booze heading toward their table also had something to do with it, I imagine.)
Throughout the night there were small bits of fun Rick and Morty info revealed, but it was nothing significant by any means. For instance, Roiland mentioned that he recorded the “Terry Flaps” song in a single take, but when the only other fan question asked what was going on with the Citadel of Ricks, they didn’t give an answer. Instead, they laughed about why they had even decided to take questions when there were so many they either didn’t want to or couldn’t answer, and Roiland said they potentially haven’t even decided some answers yet.
It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting or hoping for from a Rick and Morty Q&A after the massive amount of episodes the show just signed-up to make, but it was by far my favorite panel of Comic-Con. The people behind this show are so flippin' funny, and it was a treat to see that energy live. Now the long wait until season 4 begins again.
Tom Marks is IGN's PC Editor and pie maker. You can follow him on Twitter.