An accomplished University of Manitoba engineering grad is starring in a “shocking” two-hour television special that will air across Canada beginning this weekend.
Lisa Lazareck – who completed a B. Sc and M. Sc in electrical engineering at the U of M and is now pursuing a Ph. D at the University of Oxford – received an e-mail from a UK-based production company last October. The company was looking for a North American engineer to participate in an upcoming production and had received Lazareck’s name from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Lazareck wrote back to say she might be interested. She received an audition the next day, a Friday. On Monday she learned she had been selected over some 200 other applicants to co-host a TV special that explores electricity and the human body.
ZAPPED, which promises “spectacular stunts, extreme experiences and weird phenomena”, airs on the Discovery Channel in mid-August. Lazareck says the show is funny and entertaining, but educational too.
“It’s an entertainment show; it’s fantastically hilarious to watch, but you’ll learn something along the way. It gives you a profound new respect for electricity.”
Joined on screen by a neuroscientist and stuntman, Lazareck introduces viewers to dangerous and legendary feats, promising a range of don’t-try-this-at-home stunts that include the world’s largest human electrical circuit powered by hundreds of thousands of volts.
Filming the special took about a month. Lazareck said a typical day would include a 6:00 a.m. wake-up call and a return from set at about 8:00 p.m. The work, she said, was exhausting but ultimately wonderfully satisfying.
“I really did enjoy the experience,” she said. “It promotes engineering, it promotes science, it promotes women in engineering. It was really fun.”
ZAPPED will air in Canada on the Discovery Channel in mid-August.
ZAPPED, (2 hours)
Sunday, August 14 @ 8:00 PM (ET)
Monday, August 15 @ 12:00 AM (ET)
Monday, August 15 @ 3:00 AM (ET)
Wednesday, August 17 @ 8:00 PM (ET)
Thursday, August 18 @ 1:00 AM (ET)
Thursday, August 18 @ 4:00 PM (ET)
Sunday, August 21 @ 10:00 AM (ET)
Sunday, August 21 @ 2:00 PM (ET)