Mallywini and Marc Jones @the London’s Science Showoff

6 Feb

science showoff Have you ever imagined scientists performing a stand up? Have you heard of Science Showoff!? Me neither. Until last December when I was invited to record my friend’s performance at one of such events.

So what is Science Showoff and how does it work? I quote from Science Showoff blog:

It’s an open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science. The event takes places once a month, on a weekday evening; doors open 7pm, end of gig 10pm, in the Wilmington Arms (on Rosebery Avenue, near Angel tube station, London).

Every set lasts 9 minutes or less. There’s a 20 minute intermission and we finish by 10pm, to give us an hour of picking each other’s brains over beer and to form new plans and partnerships before closing time.

The entry is free, but there is a collection at the door and everyone is encouraged to donate at least £5, which goes to a charity, chosen for each month. All scientists performer for free and the atmosphere is amazing. The audience cheers, encourages and laughs out loud whenever there is a chance. This creates a nurturing environment for all newcomers and a welcoming platform for all those who come back with a new show.

On their own blog, Science Showoff explains the idea that inspired the enterprise. They say:

We wanted to create a place where people from all the bits of the science communication industry could share their latest work, in a performance-based way, and then chew it over with a pint in hand. We also wanted it to be democratic, with space for people we see all the time, as well as people we’ve never seen perform before.

I attended the Showoff at 4th December,2012 invited by my friend Marc Jones, a doctorate at UCL, who was doing his first ever showoff. I was amazed how incredibly entertaining science can be! The night was hosted by Steve Cross, who worked the audience like a pro. Aside from my friend’s funny and informative stand-up, I saw a variety of other performances, including a song belted out in an ‘orgasmic’ style by Rachel Freeman . Rachel is passionate about energy saving hence she made an electric kettle as the main topic of her ‘orgasmic’ singing (an obvious choice one could say, though it was the first time I heard such item elevated to the position of a her0/villein- hmmm, would there be a potential for a film too?…. one might consider.. )

Right, back to show. Marc wasn’t worse than Rachel and bravely admitted to having a crush on tuatara, a New Zealand reptile, which he made the subject of his study. His performance was met with a massive applause and I wish all my uni lectures were so amusing and entertaining.

You can watch his performance here and on my new YouTube channel

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