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We are back with two events in Feb 2018!

Bright Club is the platform that transforms researchers into stand-up comedians and has been doing this for 10 years across the UK – it’s about having fun and audience participation!We are back from our breif hiatus with two celebratory events in London’s Stratford Circus.

Friday 9th February – Bright Club: Year of the Mind


The performers will be tackling the theme ‘the year of the mind and mental health’ – and fusing this with satire, comedy and science.

Iszi Lawrence will be the compere for the night. Treading the comedy stage for over 9 years, Iszi has a science degree from Bristol University and has performed at national and International Science and Sceptical Festival. She has been described by The Oxford Times as “Good. Really Good. In a bracket alongside Josie Long and Sarah Millican”.

Headlining the show is award-winning comedian Tom Goodlife, whose unique blend of intelligent wit, genial persona and storytelling flair mean he’s in high demand on the UK comedy circuit. Described by the Fest as “Wickedly insightful and instantly likeable… one to watch.”


Thursday 22nd February – Bright Club: 10th Anniversary


This is a 10 year celebration of some of the most prestigious stand-up comics that graced the stage over the years, and for one night only we’ll immerse the audience with thought provoking scientific facts to stimulate the inquisitive mind, blended with high intensity humour to evoke laughter and leave you wondering.

The comedy sketches are crafted through the minds of neurogastrenterology, anthropologist, physiologist and medics; they will ‘wow’ you with their edifying and witty performances and entertaining content – tackling the theme ‘The exploration of Science’ in an innovative, and fun environment.

Bright Club founder Steve Cross, will be the compere for the evening. Winner of the Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement, he trains clever people to be funny, and has worked with academics, museums professionals, software engineers, architects and lawyers to make comedy part of their lives.

Headlining this momentous night is audience showstopper Bec Hill. One of Time Out’s Top 10 Funniest Comedians on Twitter and creator of the UK’s only pun-based comedy night, Pun Run, her one-liners regularly feature in “best joke” lists by The Telegraph, Dave, The Guardian.



May 21st – Bright Club: World at the Bloomsbury Theatre

That’s right – we are back for the SECOND time in 2015 at the Bloomsbury Theatre for a mega celebration of all the things funny about research.

We’ll be taking a trip around the world with 10 UCL researchers to share their comedy observations on their work.

3 professional comedians: Elis James, David Morgan and Dan Atkinson will be supporting our cast of brilliant research comedy.

Performers include:

Tom O’Donnell – Medieval Ireland

Monni Bohm – On endangered species

Oli Marsh – Science on the internet

Puja Bharadia – On uncertainty

Mike Fell – How we use energy

Zisis Kozlakidis – Viruses and data

Xavier Harrison – On geese

Gemma Bale – Measuring with light

Liam Shaw – The physics of bacteria

Tickets: £8 (plus booking fee)


March 16th – Bright Club: Power at the Star of Kings

Tickets: £5

Bright Club is back at the Star of Kings for another night of intelligent comedy. Join a host of researchers and 2 brilliant comedians for a night of laughs themed around power.

Empowered with jokes, our researchers will be overloading you with daft data, language laughs and interesting anecdotes to the power of 1000!

Join compere Tom Price and headliner Andrew O’Neill plus:

Alex Mankoo – UCL Science and Technology Studies

Puja Bharadia – UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage

Sheridan Humphreys – Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London

Liam Shaw – UCL Institute of Child Health

Rob Webster – UCL Institute of Education

Daniel Durrant – UCL Bartlett School of Planning

Roel Konijnendijk – UCL History

Tickets: £5

Bright Club Comes to Ireland

For the first time, Dublin will be getting a taste of Bright Club! This Wednesday in 4 Dame Lane, researchers and comedians will come together to talk about all the things that make us human, bringing the idea-driven comedy of UK Bright Clubs to the Emerald Isle.

Headlined by Niamh Shaw, Artist-in-residence at Cork Institute of Technology and Blackrock Castle Observatory

Compered by Jessamyn Fairfield , Physicist and Comedian

And featuring:

Aoife McLysaght – Genetics, Trinity College Dublin

Jennifer Edmonds – Digital Humanities, Trinity College Dublin

Louise McHugh – Psychology, University College Dublin

David McKeown – Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin

Rick Doody – Comedian and Improviser, Not The Eyes

Kevin Handy – Comedian and Improviser, Not The Eyes

Leanne Harte – Singer and Songwriter

Doors at 7pm in 4 Dame Lane on February 4th, limited tickets available on the night, €5 in. As seen in the Irish Times! More information on facebook and twitter.

20th January – Bright Club: Bang at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Tickets: £8
(plus booking fee if bought over the phone/online)

Bright Club is starting 2015 with a Bang and a supersized gig filled with all our best performers from the past year.

Come and shake off the Christmas holiday cobwebs, and laugh off a few of those mince pies.

Headlined by:

Pappys, “a jaw-dropping, laugh-a-second spectacular” according to Chortle.


Matt Rees, nominated for ‘The Funniest Person in the World’ award last year

And compered by Suzi Ruffell 

Join our UCL line up for a night of explosive research revelations, with not a whimper, but a BANG!

UCL people:

Mike Sulu – UCL Engineering

Kate Storrs – UCL Brain Sciences

Mathew Tata – UCL Ophthalmology

Nick Neasom – UCL Psychology and Language Science

Marta Cecchinato – UCL Interaction Centre

Charlotte Barrow – UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Rob Levy – Bartlett Centre for Advances Spatial Analysis

Alexander Samson – UCL Spanish and Latin American Studies

Peter Rees – Bartlett School of Planning

Anna Ploszajski – UCL Physics

Tickets: £8
(plus booking fee if bought over the phone/online)

SOLD OUT November 11th – Bright Club: The Zoo at The Albany


We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo,

How about you, you, you?

You can come too, too, too.

We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!

That’s right – Bright Club is heading to London Zoo this November! Or actually, due to technical difficulties, we are heading to a pub very near London Zoo to hear from 7 brilliant staff and researchers from the Zoological Society of London and The Institute of Zoology. (The IoZ is affiliated with UCL. That’s right, some of our researchers actually work at the zoo, bet you wish that was your job!)

Come along for gaffs about giraffes, antics about ants and weasel wisecracks. As we can’t be at the zoo, please feel free to bring along your own animals to create our zoo away from zoo. (Stuffed toys or onesies only please, we don’t want to get banned by the Albany)

PLUS get a 2 for 1 ticket voucher to London Zoo as a bonus for coming along!

Headlined by: Sophie Hagen, Danish comedian extraordinaire

And hosted by Joel Dommett join:

From Institute of Zoology:

Xavier Harrison 

Lola Brookes

Robin Freeman 

Monni Böhm

Claire Asher (although technically now in another part of UCL!)

From ZSL:

Theo Blossom – Discovery & Learning

Jamie McCallum – EDGE of Existence Programme

Tickets £5


Don’t forget, you’ll get a 2 for 1 ticket voucher code to London Zoo included with your ticket. These will be emailed to you after the event.

(all proceeds cover our costs, but in the event any profit is made, we’ll be donating them to ZSL)

October 14th – Bright Club at the Star of Kings

It’s that time of year again: the leaves are turning brown; the nights are drawing in; the journey to work is suddenly overrun with children in oversized blazers their parents hope will last them the full 5 years of secondary school; you’re considering whether it’s time to dig your oversized knits out from the back of the cupboard when suddenly an unseasonably warm day surprises you with a sunburnt nose.

That’s right. Summer is over.

But let’s not be too sad. Bright Club is here to keep you going through the autumn months with jocular jests about jolly research.

We’re back to our new haunt, the Star of Kings, on October 14th for some brilliant researchers totally new to this comedy lark, and a couple of pro comedians to help them along.

Hosted by Matt Richardson – who has, according to the Guardian, ‘an irresistible twinkle’

Headlined by Angela Barnes 

UCL people will be:

Alexander Samson – Spanish and Latin American studies

Mathew Robinson – Biochemical Engineering

Mathew Tata – Ophthalmology

Tom O’Donnell – Science and Technology Studies

Roxana Bratu – Slavonic and East European Studies

Michael Sulu – Biochemical Engineering

Comedians to be announced!

Tickets: £5