TBC - 7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Science & Technology Comedy Night

 Friday 8th October 2021 (evening)

 The Old Con Club, 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 are now available on the door - a few available! 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)

There will be both cabaret-style seating at tables and standing room.  Please arrive early for a seat!

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



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An evening of high-brow science and technology amusement


Our host for the evening


Dr Steve Cross is the founder of Science Showoff, a presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions. He founded Bright Club, the international network of academic comedy clubs, and performs at comedy, music, science and tech festivals around the world.

He's a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, chair of the Royal Society of Biology’s Science Communication Awards, a previous winner of the Josh Award, a chair of two judging panels for the National Public Engagement Awards and an advisor to public engagement projects across Europe. Fortunately he's also a stand-up comedian, so well qualified to host our evening.

@steve_x, @ScienceShowoff





20:20 - 20:35ish


Dr Hannah Little is a senior lecturer in science communication at UWE Bristol, as well as a linguist, digital rights activist and (fortunately for this evening) a comedian. She has performed science comedy at a number of venues in the UK and Belgium, including at the British Science Festival, TEDx, and has also been on BBC Radio 4’s "Stranger than Sci-Fi". One of her favourite things to talk about is language evolution and science fiction, and she is currently writing her first non-fiction book "The Alien Linguist".



20:40 - 21:00


Jon Matthews is an insightful and witty comedian, writer and satirist, who tells jokes on subjects as varied as science, politics, relationships and religion, often drawing these diverse fields together into "punchlines you can feel smart for getting" (Chortle). He cut his comedy teeth on the ex-pat comedy circuit in China, where he became a popular figure on the Beijing scene, performing alongside touring American comedians as well as headlining and MCing local shows.

More notable for the Malvern audience was his second place up the road at the Hereford Comedy Festival New Act contest (2017). Not that this accolade will carry much weight over here in Worcestershire.




21:00 - 21:20


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21:20 - 21:35ish


Lucy Eckersley is a wildlife biologist, science presenter, comedian, and live & dead animal wrangler, whichever fits the situation best. Having studied and worked at the Royal Veterinary College, she has a wealth of ridiculous animal stories to entertain you, featuring leeches, snakes, lions and tapeworms! Expect some gasps, lots of gross anecdotes, and hopefully plenty of laughs.

Lucy has performed at comedy and science shows around the country, including the British Science Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, and more recently, in her living room in front of a laptop.



21:40 - 22:00


John Hinton trained as an actor at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and he has gone on to become a director, science communicator, playwright, singer-songwriter, teacher and of course juggler. His science communication work stretches back to his first solo show 'The Origin of Species...' in 2009, about the life and theories of Charles Darwin.

The Darwin show became the first instalment of a trilogy, known as the 'Scientrilogy'; the other shows being about Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. In February 2017 he set up the company Ensonglopedia, which has since produced a wide range of science communication music shows.




More drink*

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



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