By Polly Keary, Editor
Want to know what it’s like to star in a reality TV show? Monroe’s Mike “Mr. Dizzy” Buse can tell you what it’s like to star in a reality show while lit on fire.
And Tuesday, Nov. 12, he’ll tell members of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce all about his experiences as one of three stunt performers featured on “American Daredevils,” a brand-new History Channel show that premiered Oct. 22.
The first episode, titled “Crash, Burn, Repeat,” introduces the three characters, filling viewers in on the backstory of each.
Buse is shown in several dramatic frames bracketed in fountains of sparks during his introduction, and the narrator announces that Mr. Dizzy, while not as known as his co-stars, is making a name for himself.
Buse has been performing stunts at the Evergreen Speedway for many years, including school bus and limousine jumps.
But he’s becoming nationally known for his innovative stunts and a few world records, including one for the longest limousine jump.
During the episode, Buse visits the site of Evel Knievel’s ill-fated jump across the Snake River Canyon.
At the scene, Buse talked about how important Knievel is to modern daredevils.
“It goes God, Evel Knievel, and everything else,” said Buse, before heading to Twin Falls, Idaho to attempt a car jump on a track where the previous four stunt attempts have resulted in injury, one a concussion to Mr. Dizzy himself.
His attempt results in a spectacular nosedive into a row of cars, followed by a mid-air cartwheel, but Buse emerges unhurt to enormous crowd applause.
The show makes the most of the danger of each stunt the daredevils undertake, and also highlights small town America, as the daredevils travel to shows in towns such as Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and Kingman, Ariz.
In one episode called “Fear Rides Shotgun,” Monroe was one of those towns. The show follows Mr. Dizzy as he attempts to jump a Suburban towing a boat over three full-sized RVS at the Evergreen Speedway, and also shows his crew shopping around town for an old Suburban and boat.
The show could be good for the town, said Monroe Chamber of Commerce Director Annique Bennett.
The other two daredevils that the show follows are itinerant, but Mr. Dizzy has a home base at his Monroe office, and that brings the show to Monroe on a regular basis.
The first season includes 16 half-hour episodes, and reviews of the show on internet forums have been positive, with critics agreeing that the stunts are cool enough to make the show fun to watch.
Buse has joined the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, and he plans some community philanthropy, too.
To advocate for child safety, Buse established a new non-profit called Mr. Dizzy’s Kids, and he’ll talk about it at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
“This has been in the making for quite some time, and I am looking forward to telling people how they can get involved,” said Buse
All the previously-aired 23-minute episodes are available to view at http://www.history.com/shows/american-daredevils. New episodes air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on the History Channel.