Kari: I have to say the TV skills are learned...
Kari: Yes, when we first started it was really hard for us to get in front of the camera.
Tory: That was the hardest part to adjust to. Imagine being at work with a cameraman following you around all day, and when you make a mistake, not only do they record it but they are excited about it and make a big deal of it on the show. Your worst possible nightmare comes to fruition and how do you deal with that?
I would say you all deal with it very well! I don’t remember ever seeing any of you angry, or even miffed.
Kari: One of the reasons the show is successful is because we have a natural chemistry. Everybody knew each other to start with and were already friends and had a deep respect for each other. So it’s not like you’re casting people to be on the show: you’re filming people who would have been working together anyway.
I think showing the mistakes humanizes you. No one is perfect, and you guys are shown to be secure enough that you don’t let it bother you. And it reinforces the “don’t try this at home” message as well, which I imagine is insisted upon by your insurance company.
Kari: There are a lot of things we really don’t want you to try at home!
Tory: Yes, try it at your neighbor’s house.
Any particular changes or evolution ahead for the show?
Kari: We trying to bring MythBusters to the classroom, package it up for classroom consumption.
Tory: So often we get stopped by fans who are teachers who say they use the show in their curriculum to get students excited about science. You can’t ask for a better compliment than that.