April 29th – Bright Club: Change at the Bloomsbury Theatre FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY GIG!

Bright Club is back at our spiritual home, the Bloomsbury Theatre to celebrate our fifth anniversary (FIVE YEARS!).

A lot can happen in 5 years, so with 10 of the best Bright Club performers from UCL and supported by 3 incredibly brilliant comedians, we will be talking all things change.

Our amazing compere will be the ever hilarious David Morgan, with Suzi Ruffell and another comedian headliner to be announced!

UCL line up includes:

Tristan Smith – shipping expert

Anne Welsh – uncovers secrets in your library

Jack Stilgoe – talks science policy

Steve Cross – Bright Club founder and most prolific performer

Sarah Dhanjal – shares her love of digging

Matt Winning – makes fun of the economy

Sophie Meekings – enjoys the weird things we do with our voices

Tom Stern – is playful with philosophy

Titus Hjelm – takes vampires seriously

Debbie Challis – digs the dirt on archaeologists

Tickets are on sale now from the Bloomsbury Theatre website for only £8.


March 25th – Sutton House Bright Club with the National Trust

In the first of our super exciting partnership gig of 2014, we are bringing you Bright Club and the National Trust.

We’re heading over to Hackney for one night only of historical shenanigans and heritage high jinks at Sutton House, where 3 UCL researchers will be taking to the stage with 3 National Trust staff members give you a comedy night like no other. Not only are we theming it around all things heritage and historical, but it will be taking place inside a flipping lovely Tudor hall.

Ever fancied seeing your favourite historical house after dark, getting to grips with early modern gossip and hearing about what goes on behind the scenes? Then get booking tickets now through the National Trust’s London Project.

As usual, there will be a professional comedian to compere the gig, and 6 performers – 3 UCL and 3 NT. Lineup will be announced soon.



We may have lost our regular venue, but they’ll never take our freedom!

Bright Club Loughborough

Bright Club Loughborough kicked off with a sold out gig in January 2014 that featured subjects as various as energy conscious cats and air crash investigations, compered by Bright Club founder Steve Cross and headlined by Tiernan Douieb.

Bright Club Loughborough features researchers from across Loughborough University and lives upstairs at The Organ Grinder pub. If you would like to perform at an upcoming show please contact us at brightcluboro@gmail.com.

Keep up to date with Bright Club Loughborough on our Facebook page and check out highlights from gigs gone by on our ‘brightcluboro’ Youtube channel.

Audience reaction to Bright Club Loughborough #1:

“Beyond the bravery of those who took part, you were genuinely funny.”

“Last night was awesome!!! What a great event – I haven’t laughed so much in a long time J”

Secret plans and future excitement…

Exciting things are brewing in Bright Club HQ.

Over the next few months, we are planning some special gigs at brand new venues, in collaboration with exciting people.

Are you intrigued by our ambiguous allusions to future events?

Or is our vagaries annoying you? (if so: tough!)

Updates will appear on the blog, when we have them – so watch this space!

Bright Club Leicester

ArtReach is launching a brand new Bright Club in Leicester. The first two shows will feature as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, the longest running comedy festival in Europe!

Researchers from De Montfort University will be bridging the gap between lecture theatre and stage this February as they take part in the ArtReach Bright Club at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014. Researchers are given (modest) training to make their work and chosen topic comical, they then brave the stage for 8 minutes and engage audiences with their edifying and funny material! Topics range from Journalism and Politics to 3D Printing and App development.

There will be two shows over the Festival period, both taking place at Leicester’s first pub theatre, Upstairs at the Western – located in Leicester’s West End.

Show one: Saturday 8th February, 7.30pm
Compered by local comedian Matthew Holmes and headlined by Ahir Shah (‘Intellectualism and profanity’ – given 5 stars by Three Weeks).
Tickets: £12

Show two: Saturday 22nd February, 7.30pm
Compered by local comedian Matthew Holmes and headlined by Joel Dommett (star of BBC 3’s Impractical Jokers)
Tickets: £12

Book via:
• The Dave Leicester Comedy Festival central box office on 0116242 3595
• The DLCF website http://www.comedy-festival.co.uk (search ‘Bright Club’)
• Or through the venue’s website www.upstairsatthewestern.com

Leicester, with its dedicated comedy audience and two universities is the perfect place for a new Bright Club to be launched. After the Festival ArtReach hopes to make a regular Bright Club night, utilising different venues in the city and a wide range of topics and interest from both UOL and DMU.

For updates check http://www.artreach.biz or http://www.upstairsatthewestern.com

November 20th – Bright Club: Filth at the Phoenix, Cavendish Square

This month we have teamed up with UCLoo, a month long festival seeking to find an alternative to the wasteful water based toilet, to bring you an event all about what comes out our other ends – and what happens to it afterwards!

There will be more bottom based jokes than you can shake a stool at (and more poo puns than you’d want to!).

Featuring two of London’s top comedians: Nish Kumar and James Acaster plus 6 UCL researchers:

Lena Ciric – explores the bacteria in your backside
Monica Bohm – shares stories of waste from the animal world
Charlotte Barrow – will delve into sustainable dirt
Sarah Bell – shares some sewer situations
Hui Teh – telling tales of toilet design
Kate Oliver – shares experiences building for your convenience

Tickets: £5


Even the Queen does it, you know.

Please be aware that the venue for Bright Club is down a number of stairs. To discuss access please call Lizzy on 020 3108 1198 or on e.baddeley@ucl.ac.uk.

November 5th – Bright Club: Fire at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Remember, remember the 5th of November, and come along to Bright Club: Fire.

We’re back at the Bloomsbury Theatre with a gig packed full of smouldering UCL talent.

Hosted by flaming hot comedian Matt Richardson, headliner will be Holly Walsh and featuring cabaret superstar Lady Carol, join ten researchers as they channel their inner comic genius to show us that university research isn’t always as serious as you might think.

The jokes will be kept burning by:

Sonja Lehtinen – UCl CoMPLEX
Malcolm Finlay – UCL Medicine
Paula Morgenstern – UCL Energy Institute
Gareth Williams – UCL School of Pharmacy
Claire Asher – Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Giorgio Savini – UCL Astrophysics Group
Matt Ingleby – UCL Centre for Languages and International Education
Sophie Scott – Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Steve Cross – Bright Club torch bearer

Tickets: £8
(booking fee £2.50 per transaction)