Mythbusters. Seven seasons; 147 episodes; 738 myths tested; 419 myths busted; 171 myths confirmed; 148 myths plausible; 2,326 experiments performed; 725 explosions; 115 vehicles destroyed; 11 tons of explosives used.
With impressive numbers like this, coupled with the first time that all five cast members were in attendance, no wonder this popular Discovery Channel show was a big draw again at this year’s Comic-Con. Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara, and Kari Bryon had plenty of great stories to share at both their Saturday evening panel and press conference afterward. They certainly have what the thousand plus in attendance call the coolest jobs in the world, or at least the most fun.
My inner geek jumped at the chance to attend the Mythbusters press conference, eager to get as many great tidbits as I could about the longest running regular series on the Discovery Channel. Stories were enthusiastically shared by the cast about working together, choosing myths to test, where they get their ideas, and how their love of blowing stuff up doesn’t always sit well with the San Francisco Fire Department.
A Special Guest
The Mythbusters were joined by a special guest this time. Geoff Peterson, the robot sidekick built by Grant Imahara for Craig Ferguson for The Late, Late Show made his Comic-Con debut. The sharp brown suit, glowing blue eyes, and skeletal frame certainly earned him the title of most dapper, outdoing his creator by a smidge. After the six posed for pictures, Geoff was shuttled off and it was time for the questions to begin.
In testing myths, sometimes inner fears are tested as well. Adam Savage brought up a recent myth that looked really fun to test but ended up scary as well. “Actually, the most scared I’ve been recently is an episode that aired last month called 'Waterslide Wipeout.' Jamie and I built a 190 foot long waterslide at a 25 degree angle, slid all the way down it in a silky, slippery latex jumpsuit, 72 feet in the air into the water repeatedly. It was absolutely terrifying every time. It didn’t get any easier and we got more and more sore as we went.”