When you think of long-running shows with crazy antics and explosions, a couple might come to mind. There’s “Jackass,” of course, but we can’t forget about “Mythbusters” either. Both drew in a crowd of die-hard fans, but only one of those paired curiosity with the scientific method. Two Hollywood special effects experts (Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage) led the latter Discovery series as they attempted to debunk some of the greatest urban legends out there. Other hosts later joined the duo including Tory Belleci, Brian Louden, the now late Grant Imahara, and Kari Byron.
But what has the cast actually been up to lately? Well, it looks like we’re about to get a chance to catch up with the show’s Kari Byron. She just teased an appearance on an upcoming segment of “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
Can You Recognize the “Mythbusters” Star’s Whip in the Jay Leno Preview?
From a recent Instagram post, we see a first look at the “crash test girl” as she joins a segment that’s typically involved “the biggest names in cars.” Kari Byron reveals the episode drops Wednesday, November 17th at 10 pm ET/PT on CNBC. Take a look at the preview shot, but pay close attention to the background:
Can you recognize the whip that the “Mythbusters” star is standing next to with Jay Leno? Well, apparently one of Byron’s fans did. He instantly took to the comments to ask her “Is that Jeff Dunham’s van?” The star then seemingly confirmed the match asking back “How do you know that?!!” to which the fan replied, “I spend too much time on YouTube.”
Another fan then asked Kari what Jay Leno is really like in real life. “I genuinely want him to be a hero but I’m always worried I’ll be disappointed,” the fan wrote. We can breathe easy because apparently he’s just as bubbly as the persona he puts on.
“He is the nicest,” Kari reveals. “He showed me everything in his garage. We had a really fun shoot. This is a hero you could meet and not be disappointed.”
Launching a Learning Platform
Before finding her niche on “Mythbusters,” Kari Byron actually graduated from San Francisco State University and worked as an artist/sculptor. She then translated these skills into the world of model-making and prototyping. That’s when she found Jamie and joined his cast. The show really helped her showcase her identity as a self-proclaimed “artist, science chick, and working mom.”
And since then, Byron kept that lifelong love of learning going. She even helped launch an educational platform aimed at teens and tweens. It’s called EXPLR and it covers all sorts of topics from STEM to health and even sex ed.