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Researchers do stand up – 12 June 2014, Manchester Bright Club

Bright Club Manchester is the comedy club where researchers, from all fields and backgrounds, take to the stage to perform short stand-up comedy routines about their work.

Our next event Thursday 12 June: Big, small, new, old; ideas make the world go around and there will be plenty for you to think about, and laugh about, at this special event for Universities Week.

At The Deaf Institute on Thursday 12 June Dave Williams (regular MC for the Comedy Store) will be compereing a line up of some of the finest and funniest minds around:

Liz Granger, biowoman; James Sumner, historian of science; Charlotte Wildman, historian of everything; Emily Prestwood, energy investigator; Katie Steckles, multicoloured mathematician; and the atomic Matt Gunther.

We’ve also got the musical antics of Pyjama Party.

Tickets: £6 available in advance from WeGotTickets.com and on the door.

Bright Club Manchester 17 – Happiness

Thursday 13 June 2013, 7:30pm – 10:15pmNexus Art Cafe, 2 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1JW

Researchers and writers take to the comedy stage as Bright Club Manchester explores happiness.

Your compere for the evening, SILKY, presents:

  • TIM COCKITT, happy histories
  • TONY MOODY, happy spirit
  • ROISIN WEINTRAUB, the art of happiness
  • KATIE STECKLES, the maths of happiness
  • RICK CRAWFORD, the power of happiness
  • TUHEEN HUDA, happy endings
  • plus special musical guest.

Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8pm. £4 on the door.

BIG Skills Day – Sci Comm-edy: Making Science Communication Funny

Friday 22 February 2013, 11am-6pm, MadLab, Manchester

Are you looking to add a touch of humour to your repertoire of speaking skills?

This course gives you new tools and perspectives drawn from stand-up comedy. The day features practical, creative and inspiring exercises and activities alongside analysis of videos of stand-up comedians.

  • Get into your natural conversational tone, being in the moment with the audience so you come across as responsive, interactive and dynamic.
  • Discover how to give your content real life and impact – even when not going for laughs. The skills you will learn enliven, create interest, engagement and surprise, not just laughter.
  • Learn how to be more effectively funny when you want to be. How ‘misdirection’ is a simple and powerful tool for creating jokes and funny moments.
  • Learn how to deliver and time funny lines. And how to recover if it goes wrong.
  • Deal with heckling and all of the challenges that can be thrown at you in public speaking situations, from small intimate groups to the largest and most formal occasions.
  • Create a ‘thought process’ and achieve a feeling of spontaneity.
  • Take a fresh look at starting and ending your presentations. Discover how a seemingly informal opening can work wonders before you get into the traditional opening. And how an unexpected postscript can really punch home and make memorable the whole speech.

For more details and registration visit: www.big.uk.com/comedy

£45 for BIG Members which includes a light lunch and refreshments. Non-members will have to join first at an additional annual cost of £30. Once you join, you can register for the event straight away.

Want to share your love of engineering with the wider world?

The Royal Academy of Engineering is offering training to engineers who would like to improve the way they engage the public with their work.

Run by expert science communicators and performers Matt Parker and Timandra Harkness, participants will learn about giving great talks and outreach hints and tricks.

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