Bruce Campbell: SDCC 2019 highlights featuring the Mayor of Comic-Con


Bruce Campbell made a huge splash at San Diego Comic Con yesterday with his panel of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! performers. We have compiled some highlights from his appearance at the pop culture convention that started it all.

Bruce Campbell is a mainstay on the convention circuit. He has been a consistent popular culture presence at these events since the 80’s. So, it only stands to reason that Cinema Blend christened him, the “Mayor of Comic-Con.”

This year, courtesy of Travel Channel, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! hosted a highly entertaining panel at the Hilton Indigo Ballroom yesterday. Not only were fans treated to Bruce in all his glory but they got to meet some of the series extraordinary performers.

On hand were Angel Giuffria, the actress with the state-of-the-art bionic arm, John “Hammerhead” Ferraro, a former pro-wrestler who can bend a steel bar with his skull and Short E. Dangerously, an incredible daredevil who only has half a body.

Having a “road show” like this was a great idea for Ripley’s since Bruce is a huge draw for crowds. That way the series can get even more exposure. It is a win-win for everyone concerned.

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For those of you that couldn’t attend, we have compiled some cool highlights from the con:

  • According to Boom Howdy, Bruce considers himself to be a “story sharer.” Which is exactly what he does each time he introduces the viewing audience to one of the incredible people that are being profiled.
  • One of the ways that Ripley’s keeps it fresh and interesting when they are dealing with well-known performers like domino artist, Lily Hevesh (who has over 2 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, Hevesh5) is by getting to know them. That way the audience can celebrate their successes.
  • In the future, Bruce would love to shoot the series from different Ripley’s museums or the various aquariums the franchise has.
  • Why did Campbell choose to do Ripley’s rather than a scripted show or in his words, a “boring procedural” drama? Because the stories change. Next season, “There will be fresh faces.”
  • On the subject of whether the actor will continue to make movies in tandem with his hosting gig, he revealed that he has some stuff in the works that he can’t talk about. “It’s time to make movies in my beautiful, underexposed state of Oregon.”
  • CinemaBlend brought up the ill-fated Spider-Man 4 that Sam Raimi was going to make before Sony went in a different direction with the franchise. Some of Raimi’s characters could cross over to the MCU since J.K. Simmons made an appearance in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Bruce feels that his French Maître d could make the leap because he was the only mortal that a superhero asked for help.
  • As for Mysterio, Bruce never got a call from his childhood pal to be Spidey’s nemesis. So, apparently, it is all conjecture. In Campbell’s words, “Thanks for telling me, internet!”
  • About his colorful ensembles that he dons for his con appearances, the L.A. Times got the scoop. Lawrence Welk is his fashion inspiration. Says the actor, “There is nothing more spectacular than a polyester leisure suit in my mind. Go big or go home. I’m trying to get everyone to step up their game.”

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Catch Bruce Campbell on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! tonight at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.

Have you seen Bruce at a con? Who’s your favorite Ripley’s performer? Let us know in the comments.