“Being in front of the camera means I get to do more of the fun
stuff. It was hard at first. I hated watching myself trying to act
natural. Day by day I am getting used to being followed by a camera.
Sometimes I forget that all my goofiness is going to be seen by an
audience.” Kari Byron
Kari Byron is an American television host and artist. She is famous for
her stint on the Discovery Channel show “MythBuster,” which
she holds from 2003 to present. She appeared in a four page spread in
FHM magazine in June of 2006.
Currently, Byron lives with her husband Paul Urich and her daughter
Stella Ruby in San Francisco, California. She is a vegetarian and is a
big fan of scuba-diving. Byron admits she has been an atheist since
Childhood and Family:
Kari Elizabeth Byron was born on December 18, 1974, in California, to
parents Dennis and Sue Byron. She has a younger sister named Summer
Byron. Kari's nickname is Red, because of her red hair. She also is
known with the nickname Kay.
After graduating from Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California,
Kari studied film and sculpture at San Francisco State University and
later graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 1998. After college, she
spent a year traveling around the world with a friend. Among
places she visited during this period were Fiji, New Zealand,
Australia, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, Tokyo, Nepal and India. She also
took part in many art projects.
In March 2006, Kari married Paul Urich, an artist. The couple welcomed
their first child, daughter Stella Ruby, on June 28, 2009.
After graduating from college, Kari Byron embarked on a career as an
artist. She worked in painting and sculpturing and held exhibitions at
some leading galleries in San Francisco. Thanks to her ability in
sculpturing, Byron later ventured into the world of model-making and
toy-prototyping. It was while working with Jamie Hyneman at M5
Industries that she got her first break with “MythBusters”
Byron is a co-host on “MythBusters,” a science
entertainment television program created and produced by Australia's
Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. Along with
fellow co-hosts and “Build Team” members Tory Belleci and
Grant Imahara, she worked with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman to
test the plausibility of various myths. The show premiered on Discovery
Channel on January 23, 2003 and later won the Young Artist Award for
Social Relations of Knowledge Institute Award in 2006.
From 2005 to 2006, Byron appeared in the Australian documentary series “Beyond Tomorrow”.
Byron left “MythBusters” during the second half of the 2009
season for maternity reason. She was irregularly replaced by Jessi
Combs. Also in 2009, “MythBusters” was nominated for the
Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. The show went on to receive
the Emmy nomination for the same category in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In 2010, Byron began starring on her own show on the Science Channel,
titled “Head Rush.” Byron has also hosted “Large,
Dangerous, Rocket Ships” (2010) and “Punkin Chunkin
2011” (2011) both for the Science Channel.
After the success of “MythBusters,” Byron still makes
sculptures though she no longer show them in exhibitions.
“I do portraits or I make sculptures exploring my cynical view of
contemporary issues. Artists that over-explain their art always take
away from my experience as a viewer. I try to let my viewer make their
own message. Art becomes more personal if you let yourself become
involved. I will always explain my motivations and themes if someone
asks but I prefer to hear theirs.” Kari Byron