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

From http://brightcluboct.eventbrite.co.uk

Line up for our Kew Gardens events!

We’ve got our line up sorted for our special gigs at Kew Gardens.

We’re taking intoxicants as part of Kew’s autumn festival ‘Intoxication’. On Sunday 21st September and Sunday 5th October we’ll be in the The Princess of Wales Conservatory Film Room from 4.15-5.15pm with:

21st September

Comedian compere: David Morgan

Dr. James Kneale – on dangerous drinking

Dr Matt Ingleby – booze in Victorian fiction

Lee Davies – intoxicating plants

5th October

Comedian compere: Ed Gamble

Prof Imran Rasul – the economics of depenalising cannabis possession

Rebecca Ellis – coffee house culture in early modern Britain

Sonja Lehtinen – knows a lot about yeast. Yeast makes beer. Beer gets you drunk!

Entry is free to Bright Club, but you’ll need to buy a ticket to Kew.

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CANCELLED September 24th – Bright Club at Ham House

Unfortunately, this event has had to be cancelled. New events will be listed soon!


After the amazing gig we did the with the National Trust in March at Sutton House, we decided to try it all again!

This time we head to Royal Richmond and get irreverent with the aristocratic history of Ham House. 3 UCL researcher and 3 from the National Trust will be joining forces to entertain you with historical humour so get your tickets bought now.

Hosted by a professional comedian, look out for the lineup to be announced soon.

Event runs 8-10pm

Gates open: 7pm

All Tickets £8 (adults only)

Find out how to get to Ham House.

Bright Club heads to Kew Gardens in September/October 2014

Bright Club is heading to Kew Garden for 2 exciting shows as part of their autumn festival.

Intoxication is a 4 week extravaganza exploring mind altering plants and fungi and we have been invited along to do some special gigs on the theme.

On Sunday 21st September and Sunday 5th October there will be a 1 hour show with UCL and Kew researchers from biology and neuroscience to culture and history sharing their jovial jokes and flippant facts about the plants that intoxicate us.

You’ll need to buy a ticket for Kew Gardens, but once you are in our events are free!

There will be more information on the Kew website soon about all the other brilliant things happening, and watch this space for updates on times and locations.

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Bright Club at Green Man Festival – August 15th and 17th

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We’re heading down to Green Man Festival again this August to celebrate summer in the Welsh hills. Tickets to the festival are selling fast, but there are still some left!

We’ve got 10 brilliant Bright Clubbers from the past 12 months (and a bit more) and we’ll be based in Einstein’s Garden on the Omni Tent stage 6pm-7pm on Friday and Sunday.

July 23rd – Bright Club: Heat the The Star of Kings

Bright Club is back at our new favourite haunt, the Star of Kings, for another night of overly researched laughter.

6 UCL researchers will be taking to the stage to become stand up comics for the night, and regale you with tales of their work.

Supported by 2 professional comedians, this month our brave academics will be looking at the theme of ‘Heat’.

Compere: Kent Valentine

Headline comedian: Steve Hall 

UCL researchers include

Oliver Marsh – Gives a heated sideways view of science

Charlotte Johnson – Helps heat up communities

Peter Rees – on hot places

Zisis Kozlakidis – turns the heat on infection

Sam Bradley – heat us up with Chemistry

Marta Cecchinato – cools us off with technology

Tickets: £5


June 25th – Bright Club at the London Transport Museum

Delays on the Piccadilly Line – comical!

Face in someones armpit – hilarious!

Puncture on your Boris Bike – uproarious!

Isn’t commuting fun? Don’t you just love the crowds, the heat, the smell of oil…?

Actually, here at Bright Club, we do love transport* – so we’ve teamed up with the London Transport Museum for the third of our partnership gigs of 2014.

With three transport researchers from UCL, and three folk from London Transport Museum telling you tales to make you giggle – buses and trains have never been so funny. Not only that, but tickets to this event include a free return ticket to the Museum within one month of the event taking place – so you can indulge your inner trainspotter even more.

Compared by:

David Morgan – ‘A joy to behold’ (Metro), just like the new routemasters


Elis James – ‘had me laughing so hard, I couldn’t breathe for about 10 minutes’ (Scotsman), as if you were running for the number 38!

And featuring:

Roselle Thoreau – UCL Centre for Transport Studies

Catherine Holloway – UCL Accessibility Research Group

Raquel Velho – UCL Science and Technology Studies

Kathryn Skillings – LTM Community Training Manager

Joe Lewis –  LTM Youth Travel Ambassadors Programme

Katarina Mauranen – LTM Project curator for HLF Battle Bus

Tickets:  £10 Adults; £8 Concessions (with free entry to the museum within pone month!)


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*Disclaimer: One of the Bright Club team may or may not have grown up in Crewe, land of trains. This may or may not influence the enthusiasm of the Bright Club team towards transport.