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Bringing Comedy to Science: The Workshop

  • Drafthouse Comedy Theater 1100 13th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

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.