Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Shreddies, Sex Shops and Rocket Science

Oh, what a night (Valli, Season, Season, et al, 1963)

Sorry it's taken so long to put a blog up, but we've only just recovered!  We had 5 great acts from Oxford, and Ben Van der Velde brought us to a brilliant close with the significance of Newton's Third Law if you sneeze during sex.

The award for best joke of the night award went to Aleks's "You need to watch Quantum of Solace 10*35 times to get the same amount of solace as one hug".  But it was a close run thing: Felix brought us tales of Shreddies and Sheep.  Lucy talked about girls and engineering.  Ross took it out on Americans, and, in fact, everyone.  And Dan gave us Iberian sex shops.

But pride of place goes to our compere Ivo Graham, who managed to turn Dan's dad's anti-heckle into the purest comedy gold.

Roll on next time!


Monday, 11 November 2013

November Bright Club - SOLD OUT

It's just over a week to go until the November Bright Club, and we are very excited to announce two comedians who will be joining our 6 researchers on the Jericho Tavern stage.

Our compere for the evening is.... Ivo Graham!

"A very convincing set from this erudite comedian" - **** The Independent
"Beautifully-constructed comedy" **** – The Scotsman
"Cleverly-constructed comic timing" – Edinburgh Evening News

And rounding things off at the end of the night.... Ben Van der Velde! 
"a sharp and crafty gagsmith, with wittily obtuse takes impressively wide range of topics...bringing flair and confidence to them all. " Steve Bennett, Chortle (November 2011)
"exquisite comic timing...wonderfully clownish physical comedy." British Theatre Guide 
"left the audience beaming from ear to ear with satirical quips and hilariously sinister tales." BBC 3 Counties

Monday, 28 October 2013

November Bright Club Line Up

It's less than a month until Oxford's first ever Bright Club, so it must be time to announce the 6 researchers who are taking to the stage on 20 November....
Daniel Ganly on the business of pornographic cinemas and importing condoms
Ross Jordan explains why Ollie doesn't want to be in a group with Ong, and vice-versa
Aleks Kissinger on quantum he learned that photons are assholes
Lucy Rogers explains why scientists and engineers are not nerds, boffins or car mechanics
Felix Ford discusses knitters, the baas of sheep, and Shreddies

In summary, it's going to be great!  Tickets are selling fast - get them here or call 01865 810000.

Monday, 14 October 2013

November Bright Club: Bookings Open!

A comedy night with a difference!

'The thinking person's variety night' comes to Oxford on 20th November.  A selection of Oxford's finest (and funniest) researchers are leaving their labs, libraries and lecture theatres to take to the stage and show us that academic research can be funnier than you might think.  So come along for an entertaining evening of fun, laughter.... and maybe some learning along the way.
Where?  Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton Street, Jericho, Oxford, OX2 6AE

When?  Wednesday 20 November, doors open 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start

How much?  £5 per person

Booking?  Book online at or call 01865 810000

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Bright Club Oxford: Introduction

Are you an academic researcher?  
Can you turn your research into a short stand-up comedy set?

Following huge success in cities across the UK, Bright Club finally comes to Oxford.  This comedy-club style event is the place where research and comedy collide!
• Open to Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University researchers from all disciplines - science, arts, humanities - the more the merrier!

• No experience necessary

• Free training is provided (you’ll need to be available on Mon 14 Oct in the evening) - learn tips on how to make your lectures and presentations more engaging, in a fun and friendly environment!

Where?  Jericho Tavern, Walton Street, Oxford
When? Weds 20th November 2013, 7.30pm
For more information and to apply, email

Tickets will be on sale from October, booked via Science Oxford

Supported by Oxford Brookes University and Science Oxford