Communicating science to the general public is vitally important to increase interest, understanding, and appreciation of the STEM fields – yet so many researchers are terrible at it.
We are here to help.
The Peer Revue is a new program in the US that throws scientists on stage to perform comedy about their expertise. Launched in January 2016 at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado, the Peer Revue has hosted 7 events as of July. The main event in Denver takes place quarterly in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
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.
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.
The workshop sessions will focus on getting comfortable with the microphone, learning tips for comedy writing, and understanding what it is about you and your subject that’s funny and interesting. Here are some simple rules:
- Be excited about what you do. The audience wants to know who you are why you’re interesting.
- Don’t do one-liners or puns – especially not lots of them. Asides are good.
- Own the stage. Confidence is vital.
- Keep to time, don’t have a big finish.
- Be yourself, but exaggerated.
- Maintain eye contact with the audience.
- Good microphone technique is key.
- Don’t forget to BE FUNNY!