“But I Play One On TV”: Video of Dragon Con Panel with Adam Savage

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Sept. 4 2013 8:00 AM

“But I Play One On TV”: Dragon Con Panel with Adam Savage

Dragon Con is a huge nerdapalooza, with tens of thousands of people descending on Atlanta at the end of August every year to celebrate geekery. I always have a really good time, and each year in some way is better than the last.

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One of the highlights (among many) was a panel I did with My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage™ from “Mythbusters”, moderated by another friend, Veronica Belmont. The panel was called “But I Play One on TV”, and was loosely-themed about science on TV. We talk Mythbusters, ghost hunting, astronomy, the Moon Hoax, politics, Neil Tyson, and Adam/Jamie slashfic. Yes, you heard me.

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The panel was recorded by the folks at Tested.com. Here’s the video:

[Incidentally, this gets a little sweary. Consider it NSFW.]

I love doing panels; I get a chance to just tell stories, make jokes, and sit with and listen to really cool and smart people do the same. Adam is the real thing, and so is Veronica. They both are at the top of their game: professional, funny, charming, and honestly good folks.

I do have a mea culpa: At about 23:30 I refer to Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)—remember him, the guy who said evolution and the Big Bang are “lies straight from the pit of Hell”?—as “Senator”. I just can’t wait until we can put “former” in front of whatever title he has.

At one point in the panel (41:30) you can see me taking a photo with my phone. Because why not, here you go:

Veronica Belmont Adam Savage and Phil Plait
Don't you hate it when some jerk interrupts a panel to take a picture?

Photo by Phil Plait

I think that pretty much sums up the whole experience. Thanks to Adam and especially to Veronica, who did a great job prepping for the panel. Also thanks to Ken Plume, too, for suggesting Adam and I do a panel together in the first place. Now, to figure out how to top this next year…

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