7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Science & Technology Comedy Night

 Friday 11th October 2019 (evening)

 Malvern Radio (new venue), Great Malvern, WR14 2AY

Abstract: We outline an innovative experiment to lighten the mood. Apparatus: Some science eggheads, computer nerds and engineering geeks (together referred to as boffins [1]), a stage, a microphone, some props, a digital projector, some drink and an adult audience. Method: Allow the boffins to speak consecutively into the microphone from the stage using the digital projector and their props to amuse the audience.  Results: Laughter out loud and consumption of drink.  Conclusion: Science and technology comedy is not an oxymoron.  References: [1] The Times, 15 Sept. 1945 referring to a band of scientific men who performed their wartime wonders at Malvern. 

Tickets were £10.00 per person. Strictly 18+ because of the licensing rules, ID may be requested. Bring your lab book and safety goggles.




Doors open (probably to a sound like this)

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #science #egghead #nerd #geek #boffin #LOL


An evening of high-brow science and technology amusement

Our host for the evening


Ria Lina has been entertaining both UK and international audiences with her dry wit and social commentary comedy songs for over 10 years. Prior to her career as a comic, Ria obtained a BSc in Experimental Pathology, an MSc in Forensic Science, and a PhD in viral bioinformatics, and then she worked as an IT Forensic Investigator for the Serious Fraud Office. We think you'll agree this makes her sufficiently qualified to host the evening.

Ria has been seen at clubs around the world from Glasgow to Singapore, Seattle to Australia. She was Winner of Best Comedy Show at the Greater Manchester Fringe and nominated for the Amused Moose Laughter Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ria's television appearances include The World Stands Up, Mega Mela Malai Comedy and Sweet n Sour on BBC3. She has also appeared in the Festival of the Spoken Nerd's An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail.


20:15 - 20:45


Dr Sam Gregson is The Bad Boy of Science; a physicist, science comedian and resident anarchist formerly of the University of Cambridge, and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He was the founder and project manager of LHComedy, CERN's first comedy show. Sam has made several media appearances explaining and championing science, including Genius by Stephen Hawking (Discovery Channel/PBS), Some Boffins with Jokes (BBC), The Naked Scientists (BBC). He has also spoken at TEDxCambridgeUniversity and, more importantly, at the Malvern Festival of Innovation in 2015.

Do you think you're a pretty reasonable, logical and rational person? Sam will show you just what nonsense that is during a fast paced, interactive and revelatory show that will reveal just how biased, presumptive and skewed your thinking really is!


20:45 - 21:00


21:00 - 21:30


Dr Martin Khechara is a science presenter, science theatre performer, writer, researcher, Fellow of Public Engagement for STEM at the University of Wolverhampton, and a microbiologist supreme!

Following on from the success of the hit science show for schools ‘Mission Transmission’, Dr K has taken the most disgusting and interactive aspects of this fantastic theatre-based show and created something especially for the grown-ups! With the help of the audience, Martin will explore the nature of disease transmission through human faeces, vomiting and by breathing in each-others airborne secretions. A strong stomach will be needed to watch this one-of-a-kind show that you will never be able to un-see! Biohazard PPE recommended.




21:50 - 22:20


Foxdog Studios (Lloyd Henning and Peter Sutton) are computer programmers who accidently turned live performers. They create comedy shows that put the audience in control of interactive games and DIY gadgets. Their last live show, Robot Chef, was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe and had viewers cook sausage and beans by controlling a robot on their phones (a highlight being firing a hotdog from a cannon). As seen in WIRED Magazine, heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and listed in The Independent's Best of the Fringe 2018. Winners of the best show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019, the Chortle Award for Innovation 2016, and two Malcolm Hardee Awards in 2016.

"If you don’t enjoy their brand of techy musical comedy, there must be something wrong with your hardware" ★★★★ Time Out 

"Ridiculous, unique and so funny your face will hurt" ★★★★★ The Skinny 

"A huge treat for everyone" ★★★★ The List 



More drink*

*drink sensibly, the liquid does not need to contain C2H5OH to have a good time.


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