Richard Speight, Jr. Says Goodbye to Karaoke at Jacksonville ‘Supernatural’ Convention

This weekend we’re in Jacksonville for the Supernatural convention, so if you’re a Supernatural fan, hold on tight – we’re bringing you a lot of coverage!

One of the most fun things that happened on Friday, was Friday Night Karaoke. Karaoke is a free event that occurs Friday nights in the ballroom with Richard Speight, Jr., Matt Cohen, Kim Rhodes, Briana Buckmaster, and for Jacksonville, also included Adam Fergus, David Haydn-Jones and Emily Swallow.

The night kicked off with Rich in the driver seat, since Matt’s flight was delayed. This was being advertised as Rich’s last karaoke as a host, and he was passing the torch to Matt for 2019. Rich did an amazing job, as usual, and the crowd was exceptionally excited last night. You could feel the energy in the air, and it was one of the most fun experiences at a con I’ve ever been to. Everyone was singing, dancing, making jokes, and it really just felt like you were part of one giant family.

Matt finally arrived towards the end, and joined in on the festivities. He sang his heart out, ran across the stage and high-fived the people in the front row. As we knew that karaoke was winding down, the energy in the room shifted as Rich took the microphone to talk.

He talked about how he was passing the reigns to Matt, how Matt was truly the backbone of the convention and what karaoke meant to all of them. I can safely say that most everyone in that room was crying. Matt also got in on the speech, telling Rich, “I’m forever grateful for everything you’ve done for me and taught me as a friend, father, mentor, actor, and everything I missed.”

Both of these men pour their heart and souls into these conventions, and it shows. While Rich is passing the torch, it doesn’t mean he won’t ever appear at one again – it just means Matt’s officially becoming the host. We’re so proud of both of these two men, so happy to be fans of theirs and to be there and witness this, and we know there’s only good things to come from both of them.

Briar

Briar created Nerds and Beyond in 2015, with the dream of providing fun and unique fandom news to readers. Briar continues to oversee all daily operations of the site, administrative duties, and articles.

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