Live Active Cultures
A conversation with Mythbusters' Adam Savage in advance of their Oct. 12 UCF Arena show.
Published: October 10, 2012
What can fans of your TV show expect from your live presentation at UCF?
It's our way of translating the Mythbusters experience to stage show, but we don't actually do any myth-busting, per se.
We realized that audience interaction is the way in which we can illustrate the things we wanted to talk about. We did start writing the stage show with the idea that we wanted a theme to hold to, and the theme that we chose was one of perception. So what we do is we bring a ton of audience members on stage and mess with their expectations … we pit them against each other, we play tricks on them, we alter the way they see things, both figuratively and literally … and hopefully, just like watching an episode of Mythbusters, by the end they might have actually learned something. They might have been conditioned slightly to be willing to have their viewpoint widened … and to us, that is the most scientific thing that someone can do.
For us, it's a tremendous amount of fun. On a day-to-day basis, Mythbusters is a fairly blue-collar existence; we get dirty, we get hurt, we have a lot of fun. So for us to interact with the fans in such a regular way is not only thrilling, it's the closest we'll ever get to feeling like rock stars.
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