Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bright Club: Humanities. October 18th Wilmington Arms

This month Bright Club, where top academics perform stand-up comedy about their work, cracks open the books for some rounded humanities education.

For this very special scientist-free gig James Sherwood moves from the musical slot to MC. He’s the captain, leading the team by example. Geniuses joining him will be:

Musical genius, concertina squeezer and complicated woman Jo Below.

Simon Lock, who studies how science really works.
Brendan Clarke, the philosopher who used to think that philosophy was nonsense
Henry Woudhuysen, whose latest book is the Oxford Book of the Book (almost)
Hazel Genn, an expert on legal justice
Chris Mann, who teaches history to soldiers
Liam Graham, our economics guru

They’ll be joined by a special musical guest (who we’re currently booking!).

Doors are at 8pm. Tickets cost £5 from

The gig is at the Wilmington Arms, our spiritual home.

Bright Club: Craft – 27th September at the V and A

How very exciting. A special one-off collaborative Bright Club bringing together brains from two of London’s best collections of… er… brains. We’ll be looking at ‘Craft’ in all sorts of ways, with curators and University folk revealing the funny side of the things they work on. The gig is in the gorgeous Sackler Centre in the V&A, which is down in South Kensington (enter via Exhibition Road as the front entrance to the V&A will be closed).

Our professional comedian on the night is Bec Hill, veteran of Bright Club: Museums and a dab hand at the craft of joke-telling and the craft of craft.
In the music corner are Strawberry and Cream, singing filthy songs about tea, cakes and boys. And craft.

Funny geniuses are:

Sue Prichard, Operations Manager, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion (V&A)
Geoff Marsh, Director, Theatre Collections (V&A)
Angela McShane, Research Fellow, History of Design 1500-1800 (V&A)
Matthew Nicholson, PhD Candidate, Laws (UCL)
Jesper Hansen, Teaching Fellow, Scandinavian Studies (UCL)
Fred Bearman, Preservation Librarian (UCL)

Tickets are available from the V&A Box Office, online at  or phone 020 7942 2211, priced at £9 or £6 concessions. Crucially, this does include some wine! Also, if you phone (NOT ONLINE) and use the code phrase ‘White Rabbit’ you can get the concession price even if you wouldn’t normally qualify as a concession!