The Behind the Myths Tour
TW and I went to the behind the myths tour yesterday afternoon. I was super excited for them to come to DC. Despite the fact that there are a ton of nerdy folks here in DC (I saw at least 10 of these shirts), I feel like a lot of tours/shows that are geared towards a this type of audience skip the south entirely. DC isn’t in the south, no matter what Jeremiah Dixon, Charlie Mason, or JFK think, but it’s close enough that I think it suffers from some perception. The idea that there isn’t a large enough market in the south for this kind of entertainment is silly and somewhat insulting. Atlanta is home to a number of venues no larger than the Warner Theater and one of the best engineering schools in the country yet nerdy/geeky acts seem to avoid it like the plague (TMBG are an exception to this). But I digress.
The show was excellent. More than anything, it took Jamie and Adam out of the television and made them real. Very few myths were discussed or busted. Instead the duo spent time drilling home Mythbuster’s core message: Anyone can and should question the world around them.
There were three things that stuck with me from that show. The first two happened during the Q&A sessions. First, Adam was asked about appearing at the Reason Rally hours before the show. Adam is a well known and politely (to me anyways) outspoken atheist. I sensed the questioner wanted Adam to rehash his comments to this crowd. Adam effectively deflected the question, realizing I hope, that this was not the venue for such a topic. The audience had not paid to hear that discussion and more than a few would have been offended had it taken place. I’m sure this wasn’t the first time a question like this has come up. The enthusiasm that Adam displayed when talking about the event was enough to show the audience that he cared about this cause.
The second was Jamie’s answer to a question about the infamous cannonball. After the question was asked, a number of cheers/chuckles broke out in the audience. I was impressed that someone had the nerve to ask Jamie about it in person. Jamie gave a thorough explanation about what went wrong and what factors caused the cannonball to ricochet out of the range(short answer, a brush fire and drought made the ground hard enough for the shot to skip). I kind of enjoyed his scolding of the audience. His response to the chuckles was to remind everyone that this was not funny and might have cost them the show. I was impressed with the level of analysis the team (I’m assuming everyone was involved) did to determine why this happened and how to avoid it next time. His response reinforced the idea that the Mythbusters team think of themselves as engineers/scientists who frequently learn more from failures than from successes.
The last thing that surprised me was the fight. I never expected to see Adam coldcock Jamie with a chair like that but damn. When the big man went down, he went down hard. I got this pic right before it happened. I was particularly worried about the kids in the middle. They were brought up to help with some thing or another but had to dive out of the way. I knew something bad was going to happen when Jamie bellowed at Adam from off stage. I’m assuming the crowd in Raleigh had a good show but things were kinda tense in the audience for a while.
Couple of random thoughts:
– Adam dancing the horn pipe to The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” was strange. The between skit music was odd as a whole. Who ever was covering “Highway 61 Revisited” could not do it justice.
– Jamie bringing out Blendo as if it was Apollo Creed from Rocky IV was a nice touch. I wonder how many people under the age of 30 got the reference.