Monday, 14 April 2014

Bright Club - May 7 2014 - part of Oxford Brookes' OutBurst Festival!

Lucy Rogers - Bright Club Oxford, Nov 2013

The 'Best of Brookes' Bright Club will take place at Pegasus Theatre on Weds 7 May 2014, as part of Oxford Brookes University's annual OutBurst Festival, bringing great ideas, activities, and entertainment right to the doorstep of the Oxford public.

One of these events will be Bright Club, featuring researchers from Oxford Brookes University alongside professional comedians. 

With less than 2 weeks to go until Oxford's third Bright Club, here is the latest on the amazing line-up!

Compéred by Iszi Lawrence, comedian, illustrator and amateur historian, host of The Z List Dead List, and voice of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe:-

Delicious, meticulous and elegant ...  unconventionally sassy 
See her before she hits the big time 
Equal measures silly and provocative ... a deeply affable and engaging stage presence ... energetic, endearing, thoughtful and highly recommended, particularly for those on the lookout for exciting new talent ... Covers refreshing new ground or presents a fresh slant on stand-up staples 
Broadway Baby****

Headlined by Tom Toal, or T-Squared - comedian, writer and actor.

"Funny and touching. Winning over his audience with charm, genuine depth of feeling, and free tiny yoghurts, Toal painted an impressive, and at times, disturbing picture of a man on the edge.... humour from the heart" Three Weeks

"Star of the first half was undoubtedly the charmingly ironic Tom Toal. T-Squared, as he calls himself in one of several supposedly hip third-person nicknames, has a quirky outlook and the gags to match ... The T-Dog is certainly one of the most promising of today’s emerging comics." - Steve Bennett, Chortle.
Featuring researchers including:-

Lucy Rogers on bubbles, bubbles, toil and trouble(s) 
Ross Jordan asks 'are Entrepreneurs born or made' or would Ian Beale have been more successful with a beard

Film Studies lecturer Lindsay Steenberg asks why bad movies can be so good....

Live music researcher Emma Webster on the curious phenomenon of the encore

Where?  Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford
Weds 7 May 2014, 7.30pm (doors) / 8.00pm (curtain up)
How much? £5
For whom? 18+

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sign up for June Bright Club

Can you turn your work into a short, stand-up comedy set?
Sign up for June Bright Club!

Bright Club is open to local researchers, academics and experts from all disciplines - science, arts, humanities - the more the merrier!

• No experience necessary

• Free training is provided (you’ll need to be available on Tuesday 29th April 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? Wednesday 4 June, 7.30pm
For more information and to apply, email

Audience Tickets can be booked via

In association with The Jericho Tavern

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

March Bright Club

Bright Club made a triumphant return to Oxford last month, as four researchers and two comedians, Ben Van der Velde and Joe Wells, put on a brilliant night of comedy to a jam-packed Jericho Tavern.

Grant kicked things off, and set the tone for the evening with a selection of bum jokes and a discussion on the metrication of a f**kload.  And how could we expect an astrophysicist to get through a comedy set without at least one reference to Uranus?!

Fran contemplated life as a particle physicist, and described the quest to discover new particles as being like ‘physics fan fiction’; the equivalent of imagining if Gandalf had an invisible but much heavier twin.

Liz got us thinking about the difference between being a member of a choir and being a member of the Church of Scientology – turns out, not much.
And the award for best prop of the night went to Pete and his portable pillow, with a ‘unique’ demonstration of what your sleeping position says about you.

Visit our Flickr page for more photos.  Bright Club Oxford returns in June, so watch this space!