"3 hours of geeks and music, featuring Adam Savage, Paul and Storm, and special guest Jonathan Coulton"
Jonathan Coulton as "Wil Wheaton"
Confirmed guests: Marian Call; Drew Curtis; Jason Finn; MC Frontalot; more to come!
For decades, geeks were ostracized, picked on, laughed at and punished by the sun's harmful UV rays. But there is only so long that a people can be kept down before they rise up against their oppressors; and, indeed, the dawn of the 21st century has seen the ascendancy of geeks and geek culture.
We now celebrate that rise to power-and let's face it, nerds pretty much run everything now-with w00tstock, a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage ("MythBusters"), and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (The Internet, Da Vinci's Notebook) present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.
This is the dawning of the Age of Geekdom-and its voices will ring true at w00tstock.
Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate - and just about anything else you can think of.
Since 1993, Adam has concentrated on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" and "Episode II: Attack of the Clones", "Galaxy Quest", "Terminator 3", "A.I." and the "Matrix" sequels. He's also designed props and sets for Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Lexus and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies.
Not only has he worked and consulted in the research and development division for toy companies and made several short films, but Adam has also acted in several films and commercials - including a Charmin ad, in which he played Mr. Whipple's stock boy, and a Billy Joel music video, "Second Wind," in which he drowns.
Today, in addition to co-hosting Discovery Channel's "MythBusters", Adam teaches advanced model making, most recently in the industrial design department at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Somehow he also finds time to devote to his own art - his sculptures have been showcased in over 40 shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, W.Va.
PAUL AND STORM
Paul and Storm have been writing and performing funny songs together for a long, long time, starting with their stint together in a cappella band Da Vinci's Notebook. Their music tends to make people laugh and feel good, and Paul and Storm believe that this makes their pursuit noble, right and just.
BONUS: their live show is better than 1,000 Fonzies, and more spellbinding than Mr. T on a unicycle.
Anyone with ADD will appreciate the broad range of territory that Paul and Storm cover in their music... Chicken nuggets. Love. Boxing nuns. Relationships. Pirates. Friendship. If James Taylor were on fire.
Catchy melodies and well-constructed music underpin the comedy, and in live performance their harmonies draw comparisons to the Everly Brothers, while their stage presence evokes the Barenaked Ladies. They will do nearly anything to win the hearts and minds of their audiences, and often throw Twinkies, Moon Pies and/or other snack cakes into the crowd to help seal the deal. Occasionally, panties are thrown back.
Paul and Storm often tour in support of Jonathan Coulton, and their music is often heard on the "Bob and Tom" syndicated morning radio show, and has been featured on "The Drew Carey Show", Comedy Central, XM Satellite Radio's "Dr. Demento" show, on the popular web cartoon site Homestarrunner.com, and throughout the YouTubes and internets.