You may ask what has stand-up comedy got to do with research? Well, the founders of Bright Club have taken public engagement to an entirely different level, by founding a variety night whereby academic researchers take the stage alongside established comedians and musicians.
But, given the prospect of stand-up comedy is frankly terrifying for the vast majority of people, why do it? Firstly, it takes your research to an entirely new audience – people may not think to spend their Thursday evening at a seminar or public talk from academics. However, they might be tempted to head out to a local pub to watch a variety night.
A stand-up gig is also a great way to develop skills around reading and reacting to your audience. Naturally, giving any sort of public talk means considering (and reacting to your audience), however a stand-up routine takes this to a whole new level. Key to a successful act is reading what your audience is reacting to and building on that.
Plus, for the researcher taking part, Bright Club offers a positive way to explore the frustrations and idiosyncrasies that are are part of a research career.