Nerd Humor Meets The Flying Circus

Nov. 8, 2012

I love the TV show The Big Bang Theory. The nerdy humor will make me laugh out loud at least a dozen times per 30-minute episode. I also love Monty Python's Flying Circus. All that dry British humor brilliantly weaved into gut-busting skits is enough to make me want to memorize every line. Imagine my delight when I stumbled across a marriage of the two: Festival of the Spoken Nerd.

I love the TV show The Big Bang Theory. The nerdy humor will make me laugh out loud at least a dozen times per 30-minute episode. I also love Monty Python's Flying Circus. All that dry British humor brilliantly weaved into gut-busting skits is enough to make me want to memorize every line. Imagine my delight when I stumbled across a marriage of the two: Festival of the Spoken Nerd.

The brain child of Helen Arney, Steve Mould and Matt Parker, The Festival Of The Spoken Nerd tours the U.K. bringing science humor to the masses. According to the website, Arney, thinking that she’d left her geek past behind after graduating in Physics from Imperial College, proved herself wrong when she started writing original and unusually funny songs inspired by science. Mould, who regularly appears at various science festivals and is also part of Guerilla Science, and Parker, who holds the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, round out the threesome that treats audiences to spoofs, parodies and science- and math-based delights.

Check out the website where you can find tour stops and view a few videos. You can also sign up for the Spoken Nerd newsletter. (Know what I mean? Nudge, nudge.)

Traci Purdum
Senior Digital Editor

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