Deadline Comic-Con TV correspondent Gary Hodges files:
Mike Judge was front and center through most of this, unveiling MTV’s new Beavis & Butthead in public for the first time, “moderated” (I use the term very loosely) by surprise guest Johnny Knoxville who never removed his sunglasses and swilled beer for the duration. Though charming in his own curious way, Knoxville is not an ideal choice to interview anyone – he stammered, stumbled, gushed and laughed, only occasionally getting out a question Judge could answer. Most of those were fairly mundane, such as requests to go over Beavis & Butthead’s origins. But before too long he finally declared: “I’m probably supposed to ask you more questions, but I wanna f***ing see it.” And so the clips began. For those who might’ve worried: Beavis & Butthead haven’t changed at all; looking, sounding, and acting pretty much identically to how you remember, only now with the topics updated a bit for 2011 and just as un-PC.
The first clip opens with the duo deciding they need to become vampires and/or werewolves to get girls, in response to the Twilight Saga. They spot a “werewolf” (a hairy homeless person in an alley) and ask to be bitten – and without skipping a beat the lunatic hobo accommodates them, many times over. (Next time we see them, they’re pooled on the couch covered in sores and looking pale.)
The screening skipped at this point to clips of B&B commenting on MTv other shows like 16 & Pregnant, then Jersey Shore – “paydirt”, as Judge described it. Then more vignettes with B&B working at a technical support call center, hurting themselves, and a well-received appearance from Beavis’ alter-ego, Cornholio.
The audience was delighted, and heaped praise in the Q&A that followed. The Judge fans came out in force, and are rabid. I still can’t help but wonder, though, if Beavis & Butthead can have the same impact today as it did almost 20 years ago, or if people other than the older folks who remember them from the first time around will care. But who knows: there is something timeless about watching a couple dumb guys be stupid.
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