FoCC Reactor: Get Ready for The Great Debate 

By Miclpea

Have you ever wondered if zombies are mindless, dead creatures looking to feed on human flesh or if they are misunderstood students slouching about to find knowledge by devouring the brains of those smarter than they are? If you are a true nerd or geek, haven’t you wondered about the quintessential questions in the Multiverse? DC vs Marvel? Who is richer: Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne? Well, your wait is over! 

SYFY premieres The Great Debate on Thursday, June 18, at 11 PM ET/ 10 PM CT. This half-hour, late-night series will feature a rotating group of well-known and loved celebrity nerds who will go head-to-head to debate fandom’s burning questions such as: who would be the worse boss: Darth Vader or the Joker? What is the best and tastiest movie snack? Does Super Mario need therapy? If he does, what would it look like?

Actor and comedian Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie, Mystery Science Theatre 3000) hosts the unfiltered and unabashed new series. Vaughn is no stranger to the debate stage; he hosted SYFY Wire’s The Great Debate live panel at New York Comic Con in 2019 and was a panelist at SXSW’s showdown that same year. 

Vaughn will be joined by an ever-morphing, passionate panel of nerd ambassadors who are waiting to show off their comedic improv skills as they eagerly defend their own personal Geekdom truth. Several of the panelists have participated in The Great Debate panels in the past. Some of the guest panelists will include:

  • Mayim Bialik (Star and EP of Call Me Kat, Big Bang Theory)
  • Steelo Brim (Ridiculous)
  • Colton Dunn (Superstore)
  • Open Mike Eagle (New Negroes)
  • Dani Fernandez (Writer on Girls on the Bus)
  • Maude Garrett (Creator of Geek Bomb)
  • Brea Grant (EastSiders)
  • Akilah Hughes (Author of Obviously)
  • Orlando Jones (American Gods)
  • Matt Kirshen (Writer and Comedian)
  • Lauren Lapkus (“The Wrong Missy)
  • Mike Lawrence (Writer on Inside Amy Schumer)
  • Yassir Lester (Black Monday)
  • Amber Nash (Archer)
  • Ify Nwadiwe (Comedian and Actor)
  • Brian Posehn (Grandpa Metal)
  • Jonah Ray (MST3K: The Return)
  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage’s Tested, Mythbusters)
  • Aisha Tyler (Archer, moderator of The Great Debate panel at SDCC in 2019)
  • Janet Varney (Legend of Korra)
  • Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show with James Corden)
  • The Cast of Critical Role – Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Matthew Mercer, Liam O’Brien, Sam Riegel, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham

For a sneak preview of the series, fans can watch the trailer on YouTube.


This series promises to be a fun romp for geeks everywhere. Who knows, you might actually be swayed by their arguments. If you want to continue this discussion, please join us on the FoCC Focum.



I love going to conventions around the US. I'm an ardent fan of all things science fiction and especially The Expanse. I'm a staff writer for Friends of CC and I have co-written a science-fiction script called Punctuated Equilibrium.

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