A w00tstock is, in the simplest terms, a bunch of geeks on stage entertaining a room full of the same.
Examples of w00tstockage include, but are not limited to:
1. Adam Savage doing an eerie Jamie Hyneman impression (there's a little Doctor Zoidberg in his floppy-finger mock mustache) and then finishing off as Gollum singing "I Will Survive." (See Vid. 1 by @erin_m_perry below)
2. Geeks are very polite while waiting in line for the bathroom, but get a little grumpy waiting outside a venue in the pouring rain.
3. The "Captain's Wife's Lament" takes about 30 minutes to get through when the esteemed hosts cannot stop one-upping each other with cover band jokes. Three attributed to Storm: "The Oprah Mafia is my Sarah McLachlan cover band," "Miss Shouty Pants is my Cyndi Lauper tribute band," and "Paul's Fan Dance is our Right Said Fred tribute band." (You can listen to the whole thing here, as captured by @jernst)
4. Bill Amend's collection of he-could-maybe-get-sued-for parody comics includes a Cathy who screams, "AACK! This Tier-10 Armor makes my Paladin look fat!" And the others aren't kid-safe.
5. Peter Sagal owns a blue jumpsuit that says "henchman" on the lapel, and it is awesome.
6. When two Crow T. Robots fight, only Tom Servo wins.
At least, that's what a small ThinkGeek contingent experienced at Chicago w00tstock on June 6, at which time the cast included (in no particular order):
- Paul & Storm, Wil Wheaton, & Adam Savage: The original w00tstock founders who hopefully require no further introduction. If you're into twittering, you should be following them, like, last week.
- Bill Amend: of Foxtrot fame and (not surprisingly) a big ol' nerd
- Trace Beaulieu: Voice of Crow T. Robot and Dr. Forrester from Mystery Science Theater 3000 and wicked children's book author
- Molly Lewis: YouTube superstar, ukulele ninja, and a very brave woman
- Tim Cavanaugh: funny time music man who got his start on Dr. Demento
- Bill Corbett: Also voice of Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Jason Finn: drummer for The Presidents of the United States of America and good friend of the rimshot
- Kevin Murphy: Voice of Tom Servo and leader of songs which include marching (and quick commenting on blog posts!)
- Len Peralta: super prolific illustrator who has vowed to draw one geek trading card a week for a whole year for his Geek A Week collection
- Peter Sagal: Host of NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and a very compelling henchman
If you haven't been lucky enough to attend a w00tstock on the west coast, Chicago, or Minneapolis just yet, Mr. Wheaton says there are more in the works. Of course, we're selfishly hoping for a show on our home turf, in the northern Virginia/DC area, and word is they know we're whiny little whiny pants out here on the east coast, so maybe we'll get our wish.
In case you'd rather request a w00tstock in your area politely, you can cast your vote on Eventful, then follow @wilw or @paulandstorm or reload the w00tstock site every five minutes (with a script, of course) to find out when the next dates are announced.
While you wait, you can flip through every Flickr photo tagged w00tstock: