Those attending the “Mythbusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed” touring show should not expect Adam Savage and his TV partner, Jamie Hyneman, to build a submarine out of duct tape, use pepper and a dozen kittens to power an electric car, or transform a collection of household items into the world’s first chili-driven nuclear reactor.
The pair will dazzle and amaze with science, but the show will be less experimental than their long-running Discovery Channel series.
“We are not about busting myths on stage. We can’t quite take the same format we used on the show in case we did an experiment and it turned out to be a dud,” says Savage, the special effects wizard with more energy than a 2-year-old drinking Red Bull.
What you can expect is that while they are showing off their skills and mythbusting brain power, there’s a lot of audience participation. The hosts bring audience members of all ages up on stage to be part of the activities.
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The idea is to make the tour, just like the show, as much fun as possible.
On the cable show, Savage and Hyneman have had fun dealing with the nearly 3,000 experiments during the 248 episodes of the series. Savage’s reaction has often been pure glee. He wants to share that with those in the theater.
The real anchor of the show has always been a subversive kind of humor.
Adam Savage, co-host of “Mythbusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed”
“The real anchor of the show has always been a subversive kind of humor,” Savage says. “We have built the touring show to have the same sense of wonder and humor that we did on the show.
“That’s why we bring tons of members of the audience on stage.”
All of the work on “Mythbusters” has attracted a very diverse following. Nothing makes the two hosts happier than to look out at the audience on a tour stop and see young people, old people, families and “grizzled old engineers.”
This tour will be one of the last times Savage and Hyneman will be working together. The Discovery Channel announced that “Mythbusters” will come back for one final season starting Jan. 9. The seven-time Emmy-nominated series premiered on Discovery in January 2003.
Along with doing the cable program, the pair have toured North America, Australia and New Zealand with their live show since 2012. That includes 102 performances in 91 cities in front of more than 200,000 fans.
Hyneman has announced that this is his last tour. Savage is working on a solo tour that should be ready in 2017.
Savage says “Mythbusters” altered the way he thinks as a person, artist and scientist. The tour and the final season of the TV show gives him a chance to say goodbye.
Most of the time, Savage was amazed that they were getting paid to do all of the crazy myths. Even when the tasks were difficult and demanding, Savage always enjoyed the opportunities the pair got.
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage have toured North America, Australia and New Zealand with their live show since 2012. That includes 102 performances in 91 cities in front of more than 200,000 fans.
“It is so great to be at the top of a giant water slide or swimming with sharks. There was never a day when it was not thrilling,” Savage says.
Savage has been told by a lot of fans how the fun came through. In many cases, the pair inspired more interest in studying math and science. It makes him angry when he thinks about how schools often cut the materials used to do hands-on experiments as a way of dealing with budgets.
The number of people who have told Savage the show was an inspiration has humbled him. There was no intention for “Mythbusters” to be an educational show when it launched. It’s just one of the bonuses of doing the series for Savage.
Before taking on the TV hosting duties, Savage worked as a set designer, prop master, art director and producer. He joined George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on “Star Wars: Episodes 1 and 2.”
It has not escaped Savage that the tour stop will be in Fresno on the night that the latest “Star Wars” movie, “The Force Awakens,” opens. His children weren’t happy that he wasn’t going to be home the opening weekend so they could see the film together.
He also worked on “Galaxy Quest,” “The Mummy,” “Space Cowboys,” “Terminator 3” and “A.I.”
MythBusters Jamie & Adam Unleashed!
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18
- Saroyan Theatre, 730 M St.
- Tickets are $37, $47, $57
- Available at the Convention Center box office, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000