About Helen Arney


Helen Arney is a comedian, presenter, geek songstress and physics graduate. As one-third of science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd she’s sold out West End theatres and toured all over the UK. Helen also co-presents user-generated science show You Have Been Warned on Discovery Channel.

As well as twice touring her science-infused comedy songs around the UK with Robin Ince, Prof. Brian Cox and Tim Minchin in “Uncaged Monkeys”, Helen performed her third award-winning solo show “Voice of an Angle” at the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre, and has appeared as a comedian, expert and panelist on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, BBC 2, Channel 4, and her songs have been played on BBC 6Music.

**** “Lots of distinctive laughs… Classy stuff” — (Chortle)

“An all-round smartypants… the confidence and clarity of Arney’s performance is exceptional” — (The Telegraph)

***** “Hugely entertaining, clever comedy at its best” — (The Skinny)

“If this show was peer-reviewed, it would get full marks” — (Fest)

**** “Charming, witty, warm… great one-liners” — (The List)

“Best Comedy Performer” Buxton Fringe 2012

One of Dave TV’s “Top 10 stand-ups to see in 2011”


TV Credits  |  Radio Credits  |  Online Credits  |  Live Presenting and Corporate Work

Comedy Awards  |  Live Comedy  |  Radio Production Credits  |  Family

TV Credits

2013 – You Have Been Warned, presenter Series 2 – Discovery Channel

2012 – Schrodinger’s Katt, feature – NRK 1, Norwegian TV

2012 – You Have Been Warned, presenter Series 1 – Discovery Channel

2012 – Megabits, series voiceover – BBC 2

2011 – 4Thought, presenter – Channel 4

2011 – Inspired by the BBC, interview – BBC Live Events

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Radio Credits

2013 – Red Nose Day “Top of the Baroque”, writer and presenter – BBC Radio 3

2012 – Ian Collins Show, guest – LBC

2012 – Richard Bacon Show, Edinburgh Science Festival guest – Radio 5 Live

2011 – Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special, guest performer – BBC Radio 4

2011 – Wondermentalist Cabaret, guest performer – BBC Radio 4

2011 – Infinite Monkey Cage at Cheltenham Science Festival, guest performer – BBC Radio 4

2011 – Tim Key’s Suspended Sentence, voiceover – BBC Radio 4

2010 – “Office Christmas Party” played by Andrew Collins – BBC 6 Music

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Online Credits

2013 – Headsqueeze, Number Hub contributor – YouTube

2012 – Wired Magazine UK tablet edition – Conde Nast

2012 – Royal Institution Advent Calendar, presenter – RI Channel

2012 – Amnesty International Secret Podcast – Guardian

2012 – Science Weekly studio guest – Guardian

2012 – Hangout for Google Science Fair – Google Education/YouTube

2012 – Ignite London 6, as Domestic Science – Vimeo

2011 to present – Festival of the Spoken Nerd “Extra Time For Questions” podcast – iTunes

2011 – Ukulele for Dummies, live lesson video with Amy Lamé – iTunes/eBook

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Live Presenting and Corporate Work

2013 – National Association of Mathematics Advisers conference

2013 – TEDxLSE – Rethink Your Definition

2012, 2013 – Maths Inspiration presenter, various venues

2013 – Host, I’m A Neuroscientist, Get Me Out Of Here (Barbican Theatre)

2013 – British Humanist Association conference (Leeds)

2013 – Host and curator, “Big Science / Small Science” live events (Royal Institution)

2012 – Host and curator, Ada Lovelace Day – Live! (IET London)

2012 – Live interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Turing Festival (Edinburgh Playhouse)

2012 – Host and interview with Prof Robin Dunbar, Edinburgh Science Festival (National Museum of Scotland)

2012 – Norwegian Science Week, touring Voice of an Angle (Bergen, Trondheim)

2012 – Data Marketing Awards

2012 – TEDSalon – Hidden Narratives, with Festival of the Spoken Nerd

2012 – British Science Festival annual conference

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Comedy Awards

Best Comedy Performer, Buxton Fringe 2012

Amused Moose Laughter Awards, semi-finalist 2012

Dave TV’s Top 10 stand-ups to see 2011

Funny Women, finalist 2010

“One to watch” Edinburgh Festivals 2010

Rising star of 2010, Spoonfed

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Live Comedy

2013 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd “Life Oh Life” (Bloomsbury Theatre)

2013 – Sex Appeal II for Brook (Bloomsbury Theatre)

2012 – Robin Ince & Brian Cox’s End of the World Show (Hammersmith Apollo)

2012 – Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People (Bloomsbury Theatre)

2012 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Edinburgh Fringe (EICC) and UK tour (produced by Phil McIntyre)

2012 – Domestic Science, DIY lunchtime science party with Rob Wells, Edinburgh Fringe (Canons Gait)

2012 – Voice of an Angle, solo show Edinburgh Fringe (Underbelly, also Norwegian Science Festival, Bestival, Soho Theatre)

2012 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd, “Pi-Curious” (Bloomsbury Theatre)

2012 – Oxford Literary Festival, curating Unknown Unknowns (Merton College)

2012 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd, “Bigger, Better, More Dangerous” (Bloomsbury Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket)

2011 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd, “Science, Shakespeare & The Senses” (Shakespeare’s Globe)

2011 – Robin Ince’s Double Science (Latitude Festival)

2011 – The Balconettes with Rachel Parris, residency at Sideways Smile (Royal Vauxhall Tavern)

2010 – Songs for Modern Loving, solo show Edinburgh Fringe (The Caves)

2010 – James Campbell’s Comedy & Songs For Kids, co-writer and performer, Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly Rooms)

2010 – Late At Tate (Tate Britain)

2009 – 8+1/2 Songs About Love and Other Myths, solo show Edinburgh Fringe (Space Venues)

2008 – Homework for Heroes with Nat Luurtsema, Tom Goodliffe and Broderick Chow, Edinburgh Fringe (Espionage)

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Radio Production Credits

2005-2010 – Broadcast Assistant for Breakfast, Performance on 3, New Generation Artists and Words & Musc (BBC Radio 3)


And, yes, she is the younger sister of Dr Kat Arney.

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