We throw scientists on stage to perform standup comedy for the first time.

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We throw scientists on stage to perform standup comedy for the first time.

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What are the results? See for yourself:

The Peer Revue is a new program in the US that throws scientists on stage to perform comedy about the cool stuff that they know. Launched in January 2016 at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado, the Peer Revue has hosted dozens of workshops featuring more than a hundred professional boffins. We now have production teams hosting regular events at venues in three cities; Bristol Brewery in Colorado Springs, the Denver Museum for Nature and Science, and Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery.

There is a persistent myth among scientists that entertainment value comes at the cost of good science content. But the research and all of our experiences have proven that engaging an audience is not a zero-sum game. With training (from professional comedians), it is possible to be both funny and factual! Once you learn to have fun with an audience it’ll forever change how you communicate. You’ll feel too guilty to ever give a boring lecture again.

The Peer Revue is adapted from a wildly successful program taking place at 18+ cities in the UK known as Bright Club. Billed as “a thinking person’s comedy night”, we’ve worked with organizers and comedians from across the pond and adapt to an American audience.

Participating STEM professionals attend a series of three workshops led by a professional comedian that give the basics of comedy writing and performance. Scientists will then show what they have learned by performing an eight-minute set about “cool things that they know” in front of a paying audience at The Peer Revue science comedy night.