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Bright Club Manchester – looking for academics & PhD students for stand up comedy

Bright Club Manchester, the thinking person’s variety club, is currently looking for researchers, PhD students, and other experts in their field to try their hand at a short stand-up comedy set.


Because it’s fun, interesting and a genuinely useful way to communicate with the public. Our next Bright Club Manchester event will be held on Thursday 11 June at Nexus Art Café, Northern Quarter. Full training and workshop development of your comedy set is provided, and virtually all who’ve been involved over the past 5 years have thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

For video and audio evidence and further information please see our website at http://brightclubmcr.org.uk/

If you would like to give it a go or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Bright Club Manchester Organiser

Bright Club Manchester – New Beginnings

29 January 2015, 7:30 – 10:15pm, Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester

Since it is January, we will be thinking about starting anew, with some fresh ideas from a new bunch of researchers.

Your compere ANDREW TAYLOR presents

  • SOPHIE HASLETT, a breath of fresh air
  • BEN STUTCHBURY, old dogs, new tricks
  • KELLY PICKARD-SMITH, new experiences
  • NARINDER MANN, new career
  • CHRISTINA SMITH, new observations
  • DAVID PRICE, new flavours

…with music by HAWKER REUNION.

Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8 pm.

What is 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. Why? Because it’s fun, interesting, and genuinely useful. Comedy and research have a lot in common.

More details about the forthcoming event here.

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.

Manchester Bright Club – participants wanted!

Calling all researchers! Manchester Bright Club is looking for researchers to become comedians for the night… in fact only for eight minutes!

Bright Club is the thinking person’s variety club! Blending comedy, research and music into a very enjoyable night out!

Ever wanted to talk to the public about your research in a whole new way? To share your passion for your subject in a light-hearted manner? If so, Bright Club wants you!

We are currently looking for researchers to perform at the January Manchester Bright Club (Thursday 31 January 2013). The central theme of the night is ‘Reconsidered’ – although it is up to you how you interpret this theme to relate to your own work/experiences.

Researchers would take part in a workshop in early January with fellow performers to work on their material, throw around some ideas and pick up some comedy tricks. Then the event would be held at the Nexus Art Café in the Northern Quarter.

If you are interested or maybe want some more information please email emily.robinson@manchester.ac.uk