Grant Imahara on creating and unveiling Craig Ferguson's robot skeleton sidekick tonight: Geoff Peterson lives!

Tonight, MythBusters guru Grant Imahara will unveil the “robot skeleton sidekick” named Geoff Peterson on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. It started out as a series of jokes. Ferguson began calling his Twitter followers his “robot skeleton army.” Imahara tweeted to Ferguson that, if the late-night host could get Imahara’s Twitter-follower number to exceed 100,000, he’d build Craig a robot sidekick.

Ferguson, an avid fan of MythBusters (“We meet a lot of people who say they’re fans,” says Imahara, “but Craig can talk about any specific episode you name”), quickly promoted Imahara’s Twitter feed, goosing the latter’s numbers up over 120,000. “Now I wish I’d asked for a higher number,” jokes Imahara.

Working on weekends and in his spare time, Imahara has created a “plastic skeleton with aluminum bones and torso,” he says. It has a movable head, jaw, and arm.

“The robot actually shares a lot with R2D2 and the Energizer Bunny,” says Imahara, both of which he’s worked on. “Craig wanted it to look cheesy, in keeping with the jokes he makes about how cheap his show looks. For me, that meant doing some old-school animatronics.”

Ferguson has recorded a series of responses the robot can emit. “In auto-mode setting, Craig can sit at his desk with a black box and hit any of seven red buttons for these pre-recorded responses,” says Imahara. (Ferguson himself describes the voice he uses for Geoff Peterson to be “a bit of a Michael Caine accent.”)

“In manual mode, there’s radio-control movement,” says Imahara. Geoff can be put “on a stand… and by remote-control, Craig can move [the robot's] head, jaw, and arm.”

Imahara was impressed by Ferguson’s interest in the project. “I thought I’d just be dealing with his producers, but Craig has called numerous times. He’s very into the design of it. They have big plans for Geoff Peterson. Craig and the writers think they may want to send Geoff out into the world, interview people — things like that.”

“Craig jokes about warning not to put in ‘the emoticon chip,’” says Imahara. “It’s his way of referencing artificial intelligence.”

“This started out as just a puppet,” says Imahara. “Obviously it’s gotten much bigger and more complex than that… I don’t think Craig’s Robot Skeleton Army of followers is going to be disappointed.”

Will you be watching?

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  • ellie

    Seriously, this is the coolest thing ever. Yea Robot Skeleton Army!

    • Jeff

      Damn right this is the coolest thing ever! I’m cookin’ up a batch of crystal meth right now, just to make sure I don’t fall asleep before the unveiling

      • Dav

        Wow, you are an Air Force. An entire air force? Is that anything like an Army of One?

    • piratesdaughter

      Except not. Every time it interrupted the K Bell interview I was just thinking ‘Yeah it was funny for a second’. Soon after I ended up changing the channel. Kudos if that was what they were trying to accomplish.

  • Sean

    That settles it — I’m setting up “Late Late Show” to record “All Episodes” on my DVR! No more picking and choosing — Craig rules!

    • Laura

      Sean-It wasn’t already? Mine DVR’s been set for Craig for nearly a year now. I just hate waiting the half hour between the end of the Colbert Report and the beginning of Craig.

      • siobhan

        I have that same problem now that Conan is no longer on. Its totally worth it though!!

  • weightless

    You bet I’ll watch!

  • Meli

    Of course, are you kidding! If nothing else to see if Geoff actually beheads a guest like it did in the video interviewing the dummy of Helena Bonham-Carter.

  • Allison

    I’m intrigued how this will work and I must admit, a little bit scared of Mr. Peterson.

  • David J

    Wow, and I thought the puppets and dance skits were cool! This has the potential to be even better than THOSE!! :D

  • Zo

    I’m a loyal hobo!

    Love you, Craig. Can’t wait to meet Geoff.

  • Andrew

    This is going to be awesome!

  • Icon

    Geoff Perterson is my lord and savior because Craig Ferguson is GOD.

  • Sibyl

    I, too, am a truly loyal hobo and can hardly wait to see Geoff Peterson!

  • genius

    Hello, it’s been on my Yahoo calendar from day one…
    Got a case of beer and calling for pizza ♥

  • Gary Eisenstadter

    remember, the schedule tonight is messed up because of basketball, so adjust your recording appropriately.

  • j2talk

    hands down the BEST in late night today……..

  • Chappel

    Oh yeah… I’ll be watching. Can’t miss the first talk show co-host who admits he’s a robot.

  • darclyte

    Grant is amazing at robotics…but isn’t this the way Cylons or Skynet got started? Still, I look forward to seeing Mr. Geoff!

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