Festival of the Spoken Nerd is the UK science comedy phenomenon that will feed your brain, tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Not just live performers, they also make radio shows, TV appearances, DVDs, downloads, YouTube videos and books. Full Frontal Nerdity guaranteed!
The trio of stand-up mathematician Matt Parker (Discovery Channel Outrageous Acts Of Science, Numberphile), experiments maestro Steve Mould (ITV1 I Never Knew That About Britain, BBC1 Britain’s Brightest) and geek songstress Helen Arney (BBC2 Coast, Comedy Central Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience) mix astonishing science with statistically significant comedy, plus experiments that electrify their audiences – sometimes literally. Here’s what people are saying about their live shows.
Since their first smash hit tour Full Frontal Nerdity, the Nerds have filmed three shows for DVD and download, created the first truly “experimental” comedy show for BBC Radio 4, featured on three episodes of BBC Two’s QI and racked up over 35 million views on YouTube for their experiments, songs and stand-up. As well as sell-out shows all over the UK, the Nerds have performed in Las Vegas and New York, at Shakespeare’s Globe, London’s Science Museum, Hammersmith Apollo with Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox, The Royal Albert Hall with astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, Assembly at the Edinburgh Fringe, Soho Theatre, The British Library, Latitude and Underbelly Festivals and all the major UK science festivals.
After touring across the UK to over 15,000 nerds and non-nerds with Just For Graphs, the “resplendently nerdy trio” (The Times) headlined national science fair ‘The Big Bang’ at Birmingham NEC and created another new show for 2017, You Can’t Polish A Nerd. After playing London’s Soho Theatre and Underbelly Festival in 2018, they committed their nerdiest show yet to DVD and download before launching a new podcast based on their spin-off new material night, An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail.
Their first book The Element In The Room, written by Helen and Steve, is out now in hardback, ebook and audiobook versions published by Cassell, and you can hear all three Nerds on BBC Radio 4 in a second series of Domestic Science, the show where listeners get their hands on bite-size experiments that explore the science all around us.
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