Meet Gregory Carpenter, or better known as Dr. Danger
Carpenter has been a daredevil for over 20 years. He’s a man of simple pleasures, but he’s the master of pulling off the most complicated stunts with very limited resources. The doctor is a wondering risk taker that spends most of his time in Austin, Tombstone and Tucson. You might have caught Danger lighting himself on fire and driving his car off a ramp into other cars on the new History Channel reality show “American Daredevils,” or the Buffet Bar. Danger tells me that the premiere racked up 1.6 million views. You can catch the semi-local thrill seeker on the show on Tuesdays at History Channel at 7 p.m.
Henry Barajas: What's your favorite stunt?
Dr. Danger: I am the BLOW UP KING. My favorite stunt is the Suicide Car Explosion. When you get into that car with the 20 gallons of gas on it and three pounds of explosives you really don't know what will happen when it blows. "If your heart had stopped, the explosion would start it!." It takes 'Faith' and 'Whiskey.'
HB: Who's your favorite daredevil?
DD: It may be cliche' but Evel Knevel is the man who really stepped out and into History as the kind of daredevil entertainer that I strive to be. He, I'm sure, as is the case with most of us daredevils today, is the reason we are doing what we do today.
HB: What are you afraid of?
DD: It's not ending up on the 'dead list' that scares me. What scares me is to be laying there dead in front of a few thousand people because I screwed it up. That would be so embarrassing.
HB: How do you want to go?
DD: I would like to go out in a blaze of glory on Pay Per View Television with 50 million viewers watching because the what'chamacallit malfunctioned. But most likely I will slip in the shower, hit my head and the paparazzi will beat the coroner to the scene to find my naked carcass lying spread eagle on the bathroom floor with a toothbrush stuck in my ass.
HB: What are you most proud of?
DD: Without a doubt I am most proud of my four amazing grown up kids. Chris 'Danger Jr' Crystal Dream, Sarah and Amy. They make me proud every day. They are not world class fuck-ups like I am.
I can also blow shit up like there is no tomorrow. I am proud of that too.
HB: What is your favorite car?
DD: My favorite car is a 1988 ex-U-Haul truck that screams JUMP FOR JESUS down the side and has not been registered in years. It has a license plate on the front from Nevada that says IGOBIG and a license plate on the back that says IGOBIG from Arizona. The truck is from Montana and those plates hang inside the camper we built inside the truck next to the velvet Elvis. We like it because we never get pulled over. Its like cruising the USA under a veil of invisibility. We hate it at the gas pumps though getting 6 miles to the gallon and using one quart of oil at every gas stop.
HB: Why do you like the Buffet Bar & Crock Pot so much?
DD: The Buffet is one of the best dive bars in the world! It opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 2 a.m. It has draft beer and whiskey. It is the first place I stop when I get to town and last year I actually parked my tour bus outside on the curb and did not leave until the downtown Gestapo gave me a ticket for illegal parking.
HB: What can't you live without?
DD: I have an old Johnny Cash picture in a broken frame I take with me when I go on tour. It says, "Musicians who play from their hearts even when broken." That and whiskey.
HB: Who's your favorite band?
DD: I have two. The Rowdy Johnson Band and Texas Trash and The Train Wrecks because both bands are super bad ass just like me. They are both local Tucson bands and you should see them every time you get the chance.
HB: What do you do for fun?
I try to think up new stupids ass stunts that could get me killed in an even more stupid ass way than the last and I drink a lot of whiskey hopefully at the BUFF.
HB: What's your favorite drink?
DD: Whiskey! Whiskey! Whiskey!
HB: What's your ideal last meal?
DD: Shrimp and Whiskey. If there's no shrimp then I would want a dog from the Buffet.
HB: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
DD: Most likely on the DEAD LIST. I didn't think I would make thirty so I will just stay on that pessimistic wavelength to my own mortality.
HB: Does the camera really add 10 pounds?
DD: Only when you are totally fucking something up! Then everyone can see that you are a gigantic douche' bag.
HB: Beatles or Elvis?
DD: The Beatles are responsible for Elvis's death. I choose TEXAS TRASH!
HB: Do you believe in God?
DD: Absolutely. A daredevil without faith is like a soldier in trench behind enemy lines without a bottle/bible in his pocket. There has had to be someone looking out for my stupid ass all of these years. He must be tired and pissed off chasing my stupid ass around. You could say I am a man of faith. Faith and Whiskey.