Special Guests

GILBERT GOTTFRIED

GILBERT GOTTFRIED

At the young age of 15, Gilbert began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as “the comedian’s comedian”. After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late-night comedy show, Saturday Night Live(1975), became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. It wasn’t until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to several television appearances on The Cosby Show (1984) and Late Night with David Letterman (1982). Gottfried’s work in television soon led to roles in film. Most notable was his improvised scene as business manager “Sidney Bernstein” in the hit sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II(1987), for which the New York Daily News said that “Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene”. Aside from his glowing reputation in comedy clubs, Gottfried began to gain a reputation as the king of quirky roles in both movies and television. He appeared in such movies as Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), Look Who’s Talking Too(1990) and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). He was also the host of the very popular late night movie series, Up All Night (1989). After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, “Iago”, in the Disney classic, Aladdin (1992), Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voice-over talents. His signature voice can be heard in several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. Gottfried also is the voice of “Digit” in the long- running PBS Series, Cyberchase (2002), and voiced characters in “Family Guy,” Lego Movies and Video Games as Mr. Mxyzptlk, Krang SubPrime on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and Dr. Bender on “Fairly Odd Parents” among many other appearances. Gottfried has been a regular on the new Hollywood Squares (1998) and is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) and Howard Stern on Demand (2005). Gottfried recently appeared in the hit comedy documentary, The Aristocrats (2005), with Entertainment Weekly saying that “out of the 101 comedians who appear on screen, no one is funnier – or more disgusting – than Gilbert Gottfried”. “Gilbert Gottfried Dirty Jokes” was recently released on both DVD and CD, featuring 50 non-stop minutes of Gottfried telling the funniest and filthiest jokes, ever. The show was filmed live at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Also featured on the DVD are some of the funniest bonus features ever, including wild stories, indignant ranting and celebrity impressions that will leave viewers crying for more. For this live performance, Gottfried puts aside political correctness and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. At the end of the show, Gottfried tells what is known among comedians as the “Dirtiest Joke of All Time”, which is also the basis for The Aristocrats (2005). Gottfried is one of the most sought-after comedians, and regularly performs live to sold-out audiences across North America. Northeast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza will be open Friday March 15 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Saturday March 16 from 10:00 am til 6:00 pm and Sunday March 17 from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm. Gilbert Gottfried will be appearing to meet fans and sign autographs during those hours with appropriate breaks, including a Q&A on Saturday afternoon. Gilbert will be leaving by 3:00 pm on Sunday. There is a VIP Package available that include (1) Standard Autograph, (1) selfie photo op with Gilbert using attendee’s camera/phone, (1) weekend admission with VIP access, a reserved seat at the Saturday Q&A and a special laminated pass, limited to only 50 available while supply lasts. Individual prices for Gilbert autograph is only $30 on a photo he provides or a fan provided standard item, and $20 for a selfie photo op.

CHRIS RANKIN

CHRIS RANKIN

From the Wizarding World of JK Rowling’s classic Harry Potter Series, Chris Rankin brought the character of Percy Weasley alive from the pages in 6 of the franchise films, and has pursued a role behind the scenes in movies and the theatre. Coming all the way from the UK to make his first New England appearance at the NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza March 15-17 at the Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxboro, MA. Chris Rankin began acting at the age of eleven with his professional acting career beginning when he won the role of Percy Weasley in September 2000 when he was 17 years old. In the Harry Potter series, he plays a brother of Harry Potter‘s best friend, Ron Weasley. He was first seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and continued his role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. His character was cut from the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but he returned to the role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He also had an uncredited cameo in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and returned to play Percy again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. While Chris as Percy may have stepped away from the movies, his show biz career hasn’t vanished. The actor took the skills that he learned on the movie sets to find work behind the scenes (and cameras) working as a production secretary on on the BBC show Atlantis. He was also an assistant production coordinator on the popular series Downton Abbey. Beginning as a child actor, he had to pivot properly to stay in the business he enjoyed so much. Chris Rankin will be appearing at the NorthEast ComicCon all three days, March 15, 16 & 17, to sign autographs and offer photo ops with fans. As well as a Q&A about his Career in the Creative Arts, and a special Wizardry Wand Acting Interactive Experience for fans to learn what its like to “act with imagination.” to cast a spell – bring your magic wands for some fun! A special package VIP experience is available that includes (1) Weekend pass with early access admission, (1) Autograph, (1) Selfie Photo Op with Chris using attendees own camera or phone, (1) Reserved seat at Chris’ Careers in the Creative Arts Q&A on Sunday March 17, (1) Reservation for Chris’ Wizardry Wand Acting Interactive Experience on Saturday March 16 and (1) Special Laminated Badge, but is limited to only 75 people. NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel, right off Route 495 near Route 2, with free parking. Special hotel rates available for only $99 per room night and each room night booked using the code ComicCon will also receive a free weekend pass to the show! Comics, cosplay, comedy, concerts, celebrities, collectibles, panels, artists, toys, games, masks and more – all in one place for low admission. Children aged 10 and under are free with supervising adult.

NICHOLAS BRENDON

NICHOLAS BRENDON

Nick as he is known to his friends and fans got his big break as an actor when he landed the role of Xander Harris on the hugely successful TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer appearing on 145 episodes. The series ran from 1997 until 2003, garnering a huge cult following as well as a large fanbase for Brendon. Nicholas Brendon and twin brother Kelly appeared together in the episode “The Replacement”, in which Xander has to cope with having a seemingly sinister double. Nick also did the voice of Xander in the Buffy video games. Nick was also appearing in a recurring role on over 20 episodes of the television program Criminal Minds (between 2007-2014) as Kevin Lynch. His first major role in a feature film came with the Charles Busch satire Psycho Beach Party (2000), after which he has done numerous films. Brendon has also starred in the ABC Family Channel original movie Celeste in the City (2004) and numerous other TV shows and TV movies with his first TV appearance having been on “Married With Children.” Nicholas Brendon is a spokesperson for the Stuttering Foundation of America, appearing in a print campaign for the organization. Nick will be appearing all 3 days for the event to sign autographs and pose for Photo Ops with fans (both for a minimal fee), along with doing a Q&A about his career. There are VIP opportunities available, one includes weekend admission, autograph, photo op, reserved seat at the Q&A and a special laminated pass. There is also special VIP opportunity that includes “Karaoke After Hours with Nick.” Each of the these VIP experiences are limited to the first 50 people.