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Trading Microscopes for Microphones: Science Comedy is no Laughing Matter

By Sam Million-Weaver on May 15, 2017

“A scientist walks into a comedy club,” could easily be the set up for a joke. Yet, several researchers have recently started stepping out from behind their laboratory benches and into the spotlights at open mic nights. These new comedic species are not only making their audiences laugh with smart humor, but they are also experimenting with new ways for scientists to interact with the broader public.


Stand-Up for Science: NASA journalist Kasha Patel is helping build an unusual niche — science -themed comedy

By Julie Butters on March 23, 2016

We are pleased that so many individuals, employers and community members share the personal and professional accomplishments of our alums. 


D.C.’s poetry science night: Which white coat will take the stage?

By Nancy Szokan on April 6, 2015

Man walks into a bar. Says: “My chemistry teacher says alcohol is a solution.” [Pause for laughter.] That joke was delivered by Robert Mac, a stand-up comedian.


Constant & True: NASA writer by day, stand-up comic by night — looking outside the box

By Kasha Patel on January 26, 2015

With a bright light shining in my face onstage, I could barely see the 150 people sitting in front of me. I could only sense the audience’s presence with my ears, as if I were a bat inside a dimly lit cave trying to figure out what my next move would be.


Kasha Patel: A Comic Walks Into Goddard...

By Elizabeth M. Jarrell on September 26, 2014

During the day, Kasha Patel is a science journalist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. After work, she hangs up her NASA badge and prepares for an unusual evening activity: stand-up comedy.