That's the line to get INTO the panel.
Regarding the other guy in the front row who didn't perform. He IM'ed me three days before con asking to be in the performance (a message I did not get until after the con). He talked to me before the panel asking to be in it with a non-anime related set and I told him we were pressed for time and that since I made everyone else stick with the anime/gaming/fandom topics that his set would not really fit. He sort of trailed in and sat down with the other performers like I was going to put him up if I had more time. I thought I made it crystal clear to him before I went into the room I was not putting him up, but I guess he just didn't get it.
I just want to stress I *did not* cut out anyone whom I confirmed to be in the performance. Sadly my set went severely overtime due to his interruptions (I timed 10 minutes, ended up with 15 minutes). Thankfully we plotted extra time since Fanime staffers told me to only plan 45 minutes of content for an hour panel. I'd welcome an audience exchange if it was in moderation, but that gentleman in particular was sort of getting rude. I guess the panel after ours would have been more appropriate for him since it required 100% audience participation.
Also, I'm sorry the guy from the next panel just walked up behind the tables during someone's set. I will be more severe next time. Pimping his panel should not cut into our panel's content like that.