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An Evening Of Unnecessary Detail

The team behind Festival of the Spoken Nerd presents…

AN EVENING OF UNNECESSARY DETAIL: Nerdy new material from Matt, Helen, Steve and friends.
“Come for the Detail, stay for the Unnecessary.”
Monthly in London at the Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green.
Occasionally at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London and Cheltenham Science Festival.


Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney take a single word or phrase as a jumping off point to investigate things that you wouldn’t believe could be interesting, but turn out to be utterly fascinating when you get down to the nitty and / or gritty. Also featuring new science songs from Helen!

Search for “Unnecessary Detail” on your favourite podcast app, or click here to listen to the first episodes.


Our next block of shows at the Backyard Comedy Club have been postponed due to public health concerns – but our Bloomsbury Theatre shows are expected to go ahead on new rescheduled dates in April 2022. Tickets are available now! Click here for the latest information, and join our mailing list to hear about shows as soon as they start up again.


An Evening of Unnecessary Detail is, in short, an event where 80% of the words in the title start with a vowel. Of the 16 unique letters in the title, 31.25% of them are used more than once. If you are not enjoying this level of detail, it’s unlikely that you will enjoy the show.

An Evening of Unnecessary Detail is, in short, an event where we ask enthusiasts, scientists, miscellaneous experts* and comedians to talk about whatever they want. By attending this event, you revoke all rights to complain about the level of detail they choose to do so in.

An Evening of Unnecessary Detail is, in short, an event on the last Tuesday of every month at the Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green and occasionally in other venues. It is hosted by some or all of Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Matt Parker, Steve Mould and Helen Arney. Each of them have 10 letters in their names. Each show will be 10,800 seconds long. Each ticket can be bought via the links on this page.

*actual experts in miscellany

At Backyard Comedy Club, concession prices apply for the following groups:
Students, OAPs, unemployed, librarians, teachers, NHS workers. Wheelchair spaces also available with free companion seat. Backyard Comedy Club is fully accessible.

For Bloomsbury Theatre shows, see ticket link for standard concessions and access information.

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