What the Mythbusters gang is up to these days

Fans of weird science around the world had to finally say goodbye to an old friend when the long-running Discovery Channel show Mythbusters aired its final episode in 2016. For 14 seasons, we watched with fascination as Adam, Jamie, and the rest of the crew tackled some of the coolest and weirdest myths known to man. But what's the cast up to now that all the lights and cameras have gone home for good? Quite a lot, as it happens. Let's check out what's on the horizon for the Mythbusters hosts and their awesome team of engineers.

Adam Savage

His antics are crazy, and he likes explosions maybe just a little too much, but that's all part of why we love Adam Savage. While Adam's ideas for testing myths were sometimes off the wall, that added to the unique formula that made Mythbusters such a success. Where is he today?

In addition to his ongoing weekly podcast The Adam Savage Project, you can catch Adam checking out more interesting science theories on his web series Tested. It seems that most of all, Savage is looking forward to a break from the demanding filming schedule of Mythbusters. "I have not existed in the last 14 years without Mythbusters," Savage told CNET. "We filmed full-time since 2002." It's not clear what else Savage will work on next, but we think he definitely deserves some time off.

Jamie Hyneman

The straight man foil to Savage's often goofy personality, Jamie Hyneman was really the soul behind Mythbusters. The series was filmed at Hyneman's "M5 Industries" special effects workshop, with most of Hyneman's onsite team eventually being drafted to appear regularly on the show after the first season. After the build team of Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara departed in 2014, Savage and Hyneman returned to host the final seasons together.

Since the finale, Hyneman has kept a fairly low profile. For a time, he was associated with Savage's web series Tested, but left the show in mid-2016. Hyneman was also spotted giving the commencement address in 2016 at his alma mater, Indiana University. No doubt Jamie has been focusing on his work at M5 Industries, but with a new Mythbusters reboot set to premiere in 2017, we have our fingers crossed for a cameo from the man in the beret.

Kari Byron

Believe it or not, Kari Byron wasn't originally part of the plan for the Mythbusters formula. Instead of signing up for a casting call, the California girl with the art degree used persistence to get the job. "I wanted to work at M5 as a sculptor badly enough to just keep showing up and working for free until Jamie Hyneman hired me," she told Joe Mammy. Hyneman's decision to take a chance on Kari may have been his best idea ever, because Byron went on to become an integral part of the team.

After Discovery cut its budget in later seasons, Kari Byron and the rest of the build team were forced to leave Mythbusters and move on to greener pastures. Thankfully, the talented Byron put her tenacity to good use and has had no problem keeping herself busy. She teamed up with Tory Belleci to host Thrill Factor on the Travel Channel, and Byron, Belleci and Grant Imahara recently launched the first season of their new show, White Rabbit Project, on Netflix. In addition to exploring the impossible, Byron has also kept up with her creative roots, including some pretty amazing artwork made with exploding gunpowder.

Tory Belleci

You may not realize it, but Tory Belleci had a long history of creating awesome special effects work before ever joining the cast of Mythbusters. He worked at Industrial Light and Magic for eight years, creating effects and building models for projects like the Star Wars prequels, Van Helsing, Starship Troopers, the Matrix trilogy, and many more. Despite these accomplishments, perhaps the one things most fans will remember the most about Tory was the disastrous bunny hop he attempted while riding a vintage bicycle—and the hilarious crash that followed.

Since leaving Mythbusters, Belleci has continued working on movie and television projects, serving as host on the Travel Channel's Thrill Factor with Kari Byron, and continuing to get hurt in the funniest ways possible on Netflix's White Rabbit Project.

Grant Imahara

When Grant Imahara joined the Mythbusters build team after the departure of Scottie Chapman, some thought he was just a "geek." But over the years, Imahara has gone above and beyond to prove that not only is he a talented engineer, but he can build just about anything—and take just as much abuse—as the rest of the cast.

After the build team left the show in 2014, Imahara has kept himself busy by expanding his acting horizons: he played Lt. Masaru in the fan film Star Trek: Renegades, and also appeared in the made-for-TV movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! We don't know the plot of Sharknado 3, but we're pretty sure we're going to have to watch it now, based on that title alone.

Recently, it's been nothing but good news for Grant. He got engaged to his longtime girlfriend in 2016, and Imahara, along with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, recently launched their new Netflix show The White Rabbit Project. We don't want to spoil anything for you (go watch it already), but Grant manages to pull off one of the most impressive builds ever. Don't worry—you'll know it when you see it.

Jessi Combs

When Kari Byron temporarily took a break from Mythbusters for maternity leave in 2009, Jessi Combs stepped in to take her place on the build team. Combs is known for her skills in metal fabrication and extreme racing. When Byron returned to the Mythbusters cast in the 2010 season, Combs went on to do some pretty amazing stuff—including setting a world land speed record in 2013. More recently, Combs has returned to hosting on the Science Channel's How to Build Everything, and continued her streak of wins in Ultra 4 racing by taking home first place in the 2016 King of the Hammers competition.

Scottie Chapman

Early Mythbusters fans will never forget Scottie Chapman, who was known as the "Mistress of Metal" for both her amazing welding skills and her totally metal tattoos. You could probably say that Chapman is maybe a tiny bit to blame for Tory's bicycle faceplant, as she remarks right before Belleci's wreck: "Let's egg him on until he hurts himself. That's always fun."

While Scottie was (and still is) a talented metal fabricator, the television lifestyle just wasn't for her, and she departed Mythbusters in 2005 to "get my life back." Since then, Chapman has only appeared on an occasional episode of Mythbusters, and in 2013 she completed a degree in dental hygiene from Diablo Valley college. But don't think Chapman has traded in her acetylene torch for a dentist's drill: "I also still like to get my hands dirty on the weekends. Metal fabrication will always be a part of my life."

Buster

While not technically a cast member, crash-test dummy "Buster" was a constant friend of the team—always ready to help out when an experiment was too dangerous to test on a wimpy human. He's been blown up, dropped, launched, smashed, and put through so many crazy tests, it's amazing that he managed to last as long as he did. Appropriately, Buster took one for the team one last time during the final season of Mythbusters, saying goodbye with a supersonic ride on a rocket sled going over 800 miles per hour. After his final crash, Savage took the remaining pieces of Buster—the ones they could find—and gave them out to the rest of the cast and crew as keepsakes to commemorate their time together.