Bath scientists to stand-up for charity

Ever heard the one about the University of Bath scientists doing stand-ups to entertain an audience at the Bath Brew House?

Well you have now.

On Thursday night some of the University’s top academic brains hit the Brew House on St James’ Street attempting to break down the potentially complicated world of science so that everyone can enjoy, and indeed laugh about, it.

Topics at ‘Science Stand-up’ will include:

And Jon Chouler, from the Department of Chemical Engineering, who has organised the event – a first for the University – explains he is keen to abolish the negative stereotype of science not being funny.

“Science is often really fun and entertaining, it’s just the way you present that’s the key. I realised that the people of Bath had never had the treat of enjoying a night of hearing about the weird and wonderful research that goes on at this incredible university, and after taking part in a similar event in Bristol I was inspired to ensure we had one here.”

So how is Jon preparing his fellow brainiacs to swap the lab for the potentially nerve wracking arena of a stand-up in front of a live audience?

“When I did my stand-up I was extremely nervous, as I’ve never done comedy before,” he explained.

“But I had tried out my act in front of a few friends and used fun situations to demonstrate what my research involved – this included question cards, props and a strange Gandalf impression!

“Luckily all our academics have received professional comedy training, so there are certainly a few steps ahead of where I was at and I’m expecting the audience to enjoy a great night of entertainment, heaps of laughs, and a nice drink, whilst they’ll hopefully take home a great deal of interesting scientific knowledge too.”

The event is free to enter, but a £3 donation on the door is suggested with proceeds going to local charity Julian House.

More information about the night and the acts can be found on bath.ac.uk.

To get a ticket, please click here.

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