Science Comedy Night is back with a *special* 2019 kickoff show! We're putting together three chances for you to catch the very funny SHANE MAUSS, as seen on Comedy Central, CONAN, Kimmel, Showtime, and BBC. Mauss tours full-time as a stand-up comedian bringing a unique blend of absurdist humor, thoughtful insights and storytelling to cities all over the world. He also hosts the podcast Here We Are, where has interviewed over 200 of the world’s leading academic experts about our most fascinating traits while finding the funny in the innermost workings of life. From exploring the science of the everyday to the ethereal, Mauss will entertain and inform for a night of equal parts ahas and hahas.
Fri, Feb 15 at 8pm;
Sat, Feb 16 at 7:30pm;
Sat, Feb 16 at 9:45pm
Science Comedy night is back with an all-star cast of science comedians, writers, and singers traveling from California to North Carolina! Come listen to why birds are cool, a parody song about exoplanets, the science of witchdoctors, and more science-related fun!
This show also received special support by the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Tickets: $17 general admission.
DC Science Comedy presents Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, with host Kasha Patel!
Once a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, two-time MIT graduate Dhaya changed careers to pursue a life in stand-up comedy that has taken her all over the country. Dhaya is the 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award (previously awarded to Samantha Bee and Wanda Sykes) and was named "The Bay Area’s 11 Best Standup Comedians", and "Women to Watch" by media stations in San Francisco where she currently lives. Comedy Central Asia crowned Dhaya the Grand Prize Winner of “The Ultimate Comedy Challenge” filmed in Singapore. She's been a frequent storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgment and hosts San Francisco’s monthly Moth StorySLAM. She hosted the premier year of the Emmy award-winning series High School Quiz Show on PBS’s WGBH.
About DC Science Comedy: DC Science Comedy recruits veteran storytellers, hilarious local and professional comedians, NYTimes best-selling authors, doctors, and science writers to provide you the best intellectual and brainy comedy in the area. Past show headliners have included comedians on Comedy Central, The Food Network, Fox, The Science Channel, Conan, and Last Comic Standing. The show has been featured on BBC World News and in The Washington Post. Follow DC Science Comedy on Facebook and Twitter to learn about the latest events and watch videos from past shows. Join the DC Science Comedy email list to know about the events first so you can buy tickets before they sell out!
How exactly do you make science funny? This hands-on workshop will explore the underlying mechanisms of joke writing and science communication and how they overlap. You'll hear from award-winning comedians, journalists, a scientist, and a science cartoonist who work to make their performances, podcasts, videos, articles, and presentations engaging and funny. Then you'lll get the chance to practice by reading a press release or hearing a lecture and identifying funny angles for a story in breakout groups.
Whether you're a writer, videographer, scientist, or non-science person who just wants to have a better conversation at family dinners, you will leave with a better understanding of what it takes to be funny from a scientific and comedic perspective. You can take this knowledge and continue practicing it in your work or life beyond this workshop. Most importantly, you'll learn that humor stems from creativity. While this workshop is targeted in producing humorous products, you should leave with a different perspective on how to be creative.
Here's a sneak peak at some of our panelists:
Kasha Patel (science writer, comedienne)
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan (comedienne + two-time MIT grad + recovering Silicon Valley venture capitalist)
Florence Williams (author, podcast producer of "Breasts" on Audible)
Maki Naro (science cartoonist)
Breakfast and coffee will be served starting at 9:30am. Bring your best medium for brainstorming whether that be a laptop or pencil and paper.
This workshop is made possible by funding from the National Association of Science Writers. Additional support is provided by the D.C. Science Writers Association.