What is the Comedy
Comedy Research Project aims to prove the hypothesis that science
can be funny. Preliminary data suggests that their hypothesis
may be true.
Dr. Helen Pilcher, a freelance scientist,
and Timandra Harkness, a freelance science writer. They first
met in a seedy, smoke-filled room behind a pub while performing
stand up comedy, and were very surprised to be reunited at the
Royal Society, at a meeting on stem cell research.
methods stand up to scientific scrutiny?
During each show a control audience is
locked in an identical, adjoining room without comedians. The
Comedy Research Project then assesses whether this audience
has laughed more or less than the experimental audience. The
CRP audience is not, however, protected by Home Office animal
a typical audience? Do you have to be a bit of a nerd to understand
To date, the Comedy Research Project
has successfully induced laughter at stand up comedy clubs,
science festivals, private events for science-savvy audiences,
and science events for teenagers. No prior knowledge of the
subject matter is assumed.
how funny can a show about nitric oxide and multiverse theory
"A lot funnier
than you'd expect. They give you the scientific proof that Elvis
discovered relativity and Einstein wrote 'Jailhouse Rock'. I
laughed until my lachrymal glands overproduced and I suffered
an intercostal rupture." Toby
Murcott, Editor Einstein TV.
"This is just what science needs."