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

from https://brightclubzoo.eventbrite.co.uk

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

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.