“We’ll have 11 vantage points on a single experiment so (the audience) can really internalize it,” Savage said. “When I interact with the public, I’m finding a large hunger for the stories science can tell. Our (Brain Candy) audience is 40 percent families, but also college students and grizzled engineers.”
For Savage, being the bringer of knowledge is what makes “Brain Candy” such a natural transition from “Mythbusters.” Savage said that on his former show, he never took any particular pleasure in confirming or “busting” a myth, only in the scientific process that brought the truth, whatever it was, to light. And while “Mythbusters” never took on the really, really big myths, just as JFK or 9/11 truthers, for reasons involving logistics, budget, and sheer morbidity (“a series of experiments involving exploding heads was a little too dark for us,” he said), Savage does have a certain sympathy for conspiracy theorists.
“Even if it’s completely evil, it’s more comforting to believe that someone is in charge,” he said. “Otherwise, you have to acknowledge that nobody is driving this boat, and that’s a crushing burden.”
In the meantime, Savage and Stevens are already brainstorming ideas for the next “Brain Candy” tour.
“We’d like to do a show about mass that doesn’t include any numbers,” he said
WANT TO GO?
What: "Brain Candy Live"
Where: Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati
When: Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
More Info: 513-621-2787 or www.cincinnatiarts.org