This event is so important to the cultural community here that The Daily Camera has an article about it. They even got Patrick Stewart to pose for the picture. I think.
Anyway, it’ll be awesome fun, so come and geek as hard as you can.
Just a wee reminder: This Saturday night, October 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Boulder Theater is "w00tstock Presents" with Paul & Storm, My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage™, and me! There will be laughter, singing, stories, nerdery, more singing, astronomical naughty bits, and then singing. I might even sing.
Ticket prices were just reduced to $20 for General Admission. If you live anywhere near Boulder or even somewhere between here and UDFy-38135539, you should come. Get tickets here or get marginally more information here, and/or read my overly long slobbering praise of w00tstock here.
Note: Wil Wheaton won’t be there, as he has to be in Canada to film "Eureka". We will raise a toast of blood wine to him, then eat gagh.
So a couple of weekends ago I was in San Francisco at the behest of my friends Paul & Storm, Adam Savage™, and Wil Wheaton, so that I could once again partake of the brainy insanity that is w00tstock, specifically w00tstock 2.5.1.
When geeks die, they don’t go to heaven, they go to an eternal w00tstock. W00tstock ∞.0, you could call it.
It’s really way too much fun. I was on stage at w00tstock at Comic Con earlier in the year, my first, and I was torn between watching the nerdery on stage versus hanging out backstage with such illustrious folks as Veronica Belmont, Marian Call, Chris Hardwick, and Aaron Douglas.
That included Grant Imahara as Beerbot (see above pic)! Paul & Storm asked Grant to build them a robot that could serve beer, but Grant didn’t have enough time (mostly due to MythBusters being up for an Emmy), so he made a costume and walked on stage with beer. When they pulled the robot head off, revealing Grant’s lovely flesh-and-blood head beneath, the crowd roared… just as they did when Adam said he had his own Beerbot, the ByronBeerBot, shown here.
I’ll be posting a quick summary of w00tstock 2.5.1 sometime later in the week. However, to give you a small taste, an apertif of this Nerdapalooza, I present to you My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage™ on stage with Paul & Storm, performing… well, see for yourself.
Amazingly, this is neither the weirdest nor nerdiest thing that happens at w00tstock.
My pal Len Peralta is doing this cool thing called Geek A Week, where he interviews one Alpha Nerd every week, and then draws them in his own nifty style.
He just interviewed Nerdist Chris Hardwick, which was pretty funny (though be ye fairly warned, says I: Chris is a bit of a potty mouth, in the sense that a GRB is a bit of an energy source). Here’s the whole list of interviews, where you may note he kicked off his second half with Steve Wozniak! Holy Apple Computers!
You’ll see lots of familiar names on that list, like Hwil Hwheaton, Adam Savage™, Brea Grant, and even, might I add, me. Do not taunt the Alpha Nerds, for we are mighty. But you should go listen to the interviews.
The good news: I’ll be performing onstage at two w00tstock events: this Friday, September 17 at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and again in my hometown of Boulder on Saturday, October 23rd at the Boulder Theater!
Yay! I’m really excited about this!*
IMPORTANT! There are specific things to keep in mind for these two events, which follow:
The bad news: tickets are sold out for the September 17th San Francisco performance.
The medium news: there may be tickets available at the door, but you’ll have to go there that night to find out.
The other other good news: there will also be a performance in SF the night before, on Thursday September 16, and there are still tickets. However, I won’t be there (I don’t know if that’s medium news or bad news, so I’ll leave it as is. It’s just news).
As usual, Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage, and Paul & Storm will be there, as will singer Molly Lewis and magician Jamy Ian Swiss. There may be more special guests too!
I just found out that video of my talk at w00tstock has been posted on YouTube. The quality is a little shaky, since it was a handheld video taken from a distance back, so some of the pictures may be hard to discern, but I think it suffices to get the point across.
This may surprise you, but the content is pretty much Not Safe For Work. Yeah, I know: I’m not generally known for that. But hey– it’s an astronomy talk! What better place to go a little blue?
The video is in two parts; the first has the last couple of minutes of the warmup before my talk (I came on after the intermission), and the second part includes the premier of the trailer for my new TV show. The reaction of the audience was… well. It made me happy indeed.
Here are both parts. Part 1…
… and Part 2:
As I write this, last night I was at W00tstock, an incredible evening of geekery that was one of the most fun and wonderful things with which I have ever participated.
Run by Adam Savage™, Wil Wheaton, and singer/songwriters Paul and Storm, it features lots of geeks singing and talking about the stuff they love. A friend of mine called it a talent show for nerds. That’s about right.
I was invited by the gents above to give a ten minute presentation while I’m at Comic Con, and I didn’t hesitate to accept! I mean, c’mon. Adam? Wil? Chris Hardwick? Veronica Belmont, the Rifftrax guys, Marian Call? How could I turn that down?
When they asked me I didn’t hesitate to say yes, but then one minute later realized this meant I had to come up with a talk, and not just any talk: it had to be funny, geeky, and only 10 minutes long. Yikes!
I extremely nerded out and pleased and squeeified to announce that I’ll be at w00tstock! At Comic Con. On stage.
w00tstock, for those helplessly normal of you out there, is the premier nerd event in the Orion arm of the Milky Way. Hosted by singers Paul and Storm, Mythbuster and My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage™, and my long-standing and partially-requited nerdcrush Wil Wheaton, w00tstock is billed as "Three hours of geeks and music", which is apt enough. Everyone I know who has gone has raved about it.