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24th July – Special gig with Bright Club Manchester and iCHSTM

On the 24th July we’re taking part in a special gig on the Fringe of the
24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester.

Come to the Jabez Clegg on the Manchester University campus for a night of the funny side of the history of science and medicine, MCed by the man who started Bright Club, Steve Cross from UCL. Doors will be open from 8.30 and the gig starts at 9pm! It’s £2 to get in.



11th December – Bright Club: Presents at Wilmington Arms

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It can’t have escaped your notice that Christmas is around the corner. That most magical of days when families come together to celebrate the birth of Santa Claus and exchange presents of valuable coal and citrus fruits. As part of the festivities Bright Club, the night where researchers become stand-up comics for one night, brings you a selection of choice brain/laughter treats in the shape of:

MC – Joel Dommett, who has been on Skins (don’t hold it against him – he’s still funny as hell).

Headliner – It’s only the flipping amazing BEC HILL!


Mark Lancaster, High Energy Physicist
Martin Austwick, Modeller of Social Stuff
Aneesha Singh, Human-Computer Interaction Expert
Criag Robertson, Architect and Energy Guru
Jack Stilgoe, Science Policy Man and
Louise Nolan, Quantum Physicist

The gig’s in the usual place (the Wilmington Arms, 69, Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4RL) and tickets cost a fiver from

Doors are at 7.30pm.

20th November – Bright Club: UK/USA, Wilmington Arms, London

Tickets on sale at

Bright Club is the comedy gig where University researchers try their hand at stand-up for the first time. They’re joined by experienced pro comics, as compere and headliner, to guarantee a brilliant night out!

Performing for us tonight are:

Fin Taylor, as MC
Tom Wrigglesworth, as headliner

and in brainbox corner:

Peter Antonioni, economist and thinker about the future
Mat Paskins, historian of science and thinker about the past
Matt Davis, neuroscientist and thinker about thinking
Tom Oléron Evans, mathematician and thinker about elections
Claire Thompson, cultural linguist and thinker about people
And more tbc!

The gig is at the Wilmington Arms on 20th November, tickets are £5 and the doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets from

It’s tomorrow!! Huge gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Our giant gig at the Bloomsbury Theatre is tomorrow, and it’s incredibly exciting.

Details and tickets are available here:

And the amazing lineup is:

Compere: Andrew O’Neill, the man behind the red button comedy on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and a hilarious amalgam of jokes, metal and cross-dressing.

First half closer: David Trent, nominated for the Best Newcomer award in Edinburgh this

Headliner: The incredible Zoe Lyons!!

And our researchers:
Gemma Angel Historian of tattoos and melder of art and science, UCL and the Science Museum
Angela McShane Cultural historian of drinking, Royal College of Art and the V&A
Brendan Clarke Philosopher of medicine, UCL
Chris Arridge Planetary physicist, UCL
Steven Gray Twitter mapper, UCL
Tom Manly Cognitive neuroscientist, MRC Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Cambridge
Richard North Professor of old english, UCL
Simon Jolly Proton physicist, UCL
Anna Maerker Historian of medicine, King’s College London
Hannah Fry Mathematical modeller of social stuff, UCL

See you there for a night of insight, intelligence, but mainly laughing till your face hurts.

Bright Club: Acting – October 16th, Wilmington Arms

Since the University people are in the Bloomsbury Theatre this month, it’s time for a special gig looking outside academia for funny stories and amazing knowledge. This month Bright Club welcomes performers from the world of drama. Actors, writers, directors and techs will become stand-up comedians for one night to share the strange working world they wander through.

Bright Club’s best mate Kent Valentine ( comperes tonight, with Britain’s biggest musical theatre fan, David Morgan ( , headlining. They’ll be joined by some amazing dramatic talent:

Steve Hansell, actor and TV star (HE HAS A PAGE ON THE DR. WHO WIKI!!!)
Jennie Jacobs, actor, singer and fox impersonator
Eve D’Alton, stage tech and sufferer of actors’ worst excesses
Stephe Harrop, story-teller, drama tutor, classicist and director
Robert Waters, actor, tech and sufferer of drama students
Leila Al-Jeboury, actor and corporate training starAnd more too!

Tickets are on-sale from for £5

Doors for the gig are 7.30pm, at the Wilmington Arms, Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4RL. The gig goes on to about 10.30.

Come and find out who secretly hates who behind the scenes and the camera!

Back at the Bloomsbury Theatre! October 24th

It’s the biggest place we ever play!

It hosts the hottest lineups we can pull together!

It’s London’s best comedy venue and it’s owned by London’s best University!

Bright Club returns to the Bloomsbury Theatre!

On October 24th join us for an incredible lineup of comedy talent, most of them researchers and academics making their work hilarious for you.

Here’s our incredible line-up:

COMPERE: Andrew O’Neill, the man behind the red button comedy on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and a hilarious amalgam of jokes, metal and cross-dressing.

FIRST HALF CLOSER: David Trent, nominated for the Best Newcomer award in Edinburgh this year.

HEADLINER: The incredible Zoe Lyons!!


Gemma Angel – historian of tattoos and melder of art and science
Angela McShane – cultural historian of drinking. Yum!
Brendan Clarke – philosopher of medicine
Chris Arridge – planetary physicist
Steven Gray – Twitter mapper
Tom Manly – Cognitive neuroscientist
Richard North – Professor of old english
Simon Jolly – Proton physicist
Anna Maerker – historian of medicine
Hannah Fry – mathematical modeller of social stuff


The Bloomsbury Theatre is on Gordon St, near Euston station for all your tube, rail and bus requirements. The gig starts at 7.30pm on October 24th, so you’d better be there by 7ish to get yourself a drink first. Tickets are £8 and subject to a booking fee unless you buy from the box office in person. We don’t control the booking fee!

Bright Club: Tiny – September 18th, Wilmington Arms

It’s been a long summer, hasn’t it? Be which of course I mean there have been four warm days and they’ve all been in September.

Pah, forget all that. Bright Club, the comedy night where University intellectuals tell jokes about their work, returns for a new season at the Wilmington Arms, featuring:

Compere Ivo Graham, So You Think You Are Funny winner, Chortle Newcomer nominee –

Headliner Mike Wozniak, Edinburgh Comedy Award Newcomer nominee, Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show Winner, Time Out Best New Act, Chortle Newcomer nominee

Plus from the academic world:

Natasha Kappeler (nanoscientist)
Mike Fell (energy researcher)
Simon Jolly (physicist)
Jason Lotay (mathematician)
Sarah Wiseman (computer interaction expert)
Hannah Fry (mathematical modeller)


The Wilmington Arms is 69, Rosebery Ave, EC1R 4RL. Near Farringdon tube.

Tickets are on sale now at