The 'MythBusters' guys go live in Baltimore

Adam Savage (left) and Jamie Hyneman of "MythBusters."
Adam Savage (left) and Jamie Hyneman of "MythBusters." (Robert Fujioka)

We've all seen them on TV -- strapping rockets to cars, exploding cement trucks and attempting to ride motorcycles on water.

They're the MythBusters, everyone's favorite scientists whose crazy antics remind us that science is, after all, more than just a subject in school but also a real and practical tool in our day-to-day lives.


On Friday at the Hippodrome Theatre, Jamie Hyneman, 57, and Adam Savage, 46, will jump off the airwaves and onto the big stage for "MythBusters: Behind the Myths."

We know what you're thinking: How could "MythBusters" possibly translate to a live show?


The key, according to Hyneman, is audience interaction.

"We interact with the audience a great deal ... and run controlled experiments with them that are, as a rule, really funny," he said. "The idea is to re-create something representative, if not literally like, what we do on the television show."

Savage agreed, citing "lots of surprises, lots of audience participation and lots of great humor."

The show will feature on-stage experiments, behind-the-scenes stories and video, as well as a Q&A with the two hosts. You can also catch Hyneman and Savage from home in their 12th season of "MythBusters," premiering Jan. 8 on Discovery. But before their big-stage venture, we chatted with both about their worst habits, favorite Baltimore drinking spots (from what they can remember) and more.

Worst pet peeve?

Adam Savage: Digital cameras. I have my picture taken all the time with everything under the sun. Digital cameras are slow, hard to use, opaque and dumbly designed for the most part.

Jamie Hyneman: Traffic lights. We can have smartphones that do anything you can imagine, but we have to sit with engines running at empty intersections staring at red lights? Really?

Last concert/gig you went to?

AS: I watched Jeff Tweedy from Wilco play for a very small crowd a couple months ago. It was lovely.

JH: Probably Alice Cooper about 40 some years ago

Your worst habit?

AS: Snacking late at night. I simply HAVE to stop doing this.

JH: Being overly gregarious.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan?

AS: No such thing. Trends go in, they go out, the come back in. Take my beard for instance: I've had it for almost 25 years. It's oscillated in it's popularity but it works for me. Now I have sideburns to go with it!

JH: Social media.

TV show(s) you can't get enough of?

AS: I'm thinking about going back through "Breaking Bad" again. But I need to go back and rewatch "Sports Night" from beginning to end. That's something my wife and I have in common: We like to watch good stuff over and over.

JH: "Days of Our Lives"

Last great meal you had?

AS: My friend Traci Des Jardins owns Jardiniére in San Francisco and she makes the meanest burger in Northern California. I don't know how, but it's a masterpiece.

JH: A super burrito.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore?

AS: Where does John Waters go?

JH: I blacked out and don't remember the name of it.

Best advice you ever got?

AS: "Don't believe your own bulls---." My family motto.

JH: "Keep your eye on the target."

Most memorable "MythBusters" episode?

AS: Impossible to pick. Come on, we've made over 240 hours of this show over more than a decade. I loved flying with the Blue Angels and breaking the speed of sound. I loved hand-feeding an octopus that fell in love with me and gave me sucker hickys all up my arm. I loved making a balloon that flew out of 28 pounds of rolled lead.

JH: "The Lead Balloon."

If you could choose only one job to have for the rest of your life, what would it be?

AS: This one.

JH: Emperor.

If you go

"MythBusters: Behind the Myths" comes to the Hippodrome at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., downtown, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $40-$125. Information: france-merrickpac.com.