True story: w00tstock was born because we wanted to schedule a few dates in California; but not having toured out there on our own (without the protective sheath of Jonathan Coulton‘s fanbase to bolster the crowds), we weren’t sure how strong the attendance would be. So we called the two most famous California-based geeks we knew, Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage, in the hopes that one of them might be interested in performing with us.
Then they BOTH said yes. Without hesitation. And they had some “ideas”.
Things snowballed quickly, with everyone’s enthusiasm and input combining to evolve into the “w00tstock” concept: a full evening of entertainment celebrating all things geek.
A strict, thorough chronology isn’t really possible—well, sure, it’s *possible*; we’re just too damn sleep-deprived to coherently reconstruct the timeline—and also, plenty of evidence is showing up on the Intertubes, including pictures, video and blog posts. So we’ll just list various highlights from the whirlwind that was this past Monday through Wednesday…
- Watching people’s faces (including Wil’s) as they heard Kid Beyond do his incredible beatbox/live-looping for the first time.
- The wave of incredulity that passed through the gang backstage after people who had been working with and admiring Molly Lewis for three days finally learned that she is just nineteen years old.
- Seeing screenwriter Josh Cagan, whom most of the crowd in L.A. had never heard of, completely win over the audience by minutely breaking down 30 horrible seconds from the Roger Corman version of Fantastic Four.
- Kasper Hauser‘s dramatic reading of their ongoing correspondence with a 419 scammer–a sketch that is even funnier, we discovered, with accompanying PowerPoint slides.
- Finally getting to see Hard ‘n Phirm perform live, and thus more fully understanding why we hate them so goddamn much (i.e. because they are awesome and hilarious)
- Jeff Lewis KILLING IT doing “World of Warcraft” standup as his character Vork (from “The Guild“)
- Jamming on an acoustic version of “(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar” with Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh and Jeff Lewis
- The pure joy of being onstage with Wil & Adam at the end of each evening as they joined us in increasingly-epic versions of “The Captain’s Wife’s Lament”—culminating on Wednesday night with a 15+-minute “In-a-Gadda-da-Vida” of fake cover band names and “R”-based pun one-upsmanship.
And last but probably most of all, getting to see so many geeks and nerds in one place enjoying the whole production as much as we enjoyed putting it together, extended by the love-fest meet and greet afterwards. Thank you all.
Finally, we make you this promise: there will be a w00tstock 2.x.