About Helen Arney

Presenter and geek songstress Helen Arney thought she’d left her scientific past behind after graduating in Physics from Imperial College, but it wasn’t long before she found herself writing quirky stand-up and songs inspired by her days in the lab.

She’s toured the UK in “Uncaged Monkeys” with Robin Ince and Brian Cox, and later took her own award-winning solo show “Voice of an Angle” to the Edinburgh Fringe. Since then Helen has popped up all over our television and airwaves, including BBC2 “Coast”, Comedy Central “Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience”, BBC Radio 5Live “Bacon’s Theory” and as a lead presenter in “You Have Been Warned” on Discovery Channel. Helen also makes up one third of science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd and has filled several notebooks with rhymes for Uranus – none of which are printable here.

Helen also hosts live events and science cabaret in the UK and abroad. Click here for TV and radio credits, here for a current showreel, and here for contact details.

Press quotes

★★★★ “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)

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

“Champion of musical whims” — (Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard)

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

Live Comedy

As well as her solo shows and Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Helen regularly performs sets at comedy clubs all over the UK. She’s appeared at music festivals including Latitude, End of the Road, Green Man, Greenbelt, Bestival and Secret Garden Party, and returns each year to science festivals in Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Cheltenham and the British Science Festival. She also hosts panel events and curates science comedy nights everywhere from the Oxford Literary Festival and Royal Institution to Norwegian Science Week in Trondheim and Oslo.

2014 – How the Victorians Ruined The World with Dr Kat Arney (The Proud Archivist and Camden Fringe, London)
2014 – Voice of an Angle at Gravity Fields and science festivals Aberdeen and Wrexham.
2014 – LHComedy 2.0 – CERN, Geneva
2014 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd – Full Frontal Nerdity, UK tour (Phil McIntyre Entertainments)
2013 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd – Full Frontal Nerdity, Edinburgh Fringe (Assembly George Square)
2013 – Domestic Science, DIY lunchtime science party with Rob Wells, Edinburgh Fringe (Canons Gait)
2013 – Ugly Animal Preservation Society (various venues including Edinburgh Science Festival, Bristol Green Week, Natural History Museum)
2013 – Science Comedy Super Collider, science comedy night (various venues including Imperial College London, Trondheim and Oslo)
2013 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd season (Udderbelly Festival, Bloomsbury Theatre, British Library, Shakespeare’s Globe, Latitude Festival)
2012, 2013 – Annual science comedy show at Oxford Literary Festival (various venues)
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 (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 Bestival, Norwegian Science Festival, Bestival, Soho Theatre)
2012 – Festival of the Spoken Nerd season (Bloomsbury Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe)
2011,2012 – “Uncaged Monkeys” tour, with Robin Ince, Brian Cox, Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Tim Minchin (Various venues)
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 (Just The Tonic)
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)

Live Presenting and Corporate Work

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2014 – Ada Lovelace Day – Live!, host and curator (Royal Institution, London)
2014 – Storycollider “Phase Transitions” (London)
2014 – Carnegie Science Ministers Day Out (Oxford Natural History Museum)
2014 – #HookedOnMusic, host (Science Museum, London)
2014, 2013 – Edinburgh Science Festival, host and panel chair (Edinburgh)
2013 – “I’m a Scientist, get me out of here”, host (Royal Society of Chemistry)
2013 – Geeky Science events, various venues (London)
2013 – Ada Lovelace Day – Live!, host and curator (Imperial College London)
2013 – FOSS4G corporate entertainment, as Festival of the Spoken Nerd (Nottingham)
2013 – Generate Conference corporate entertainment, as Festival of the Spoken Nerd (London)
2013 – Famelab and Famelab Academy final, guest performer (Bloomsbury Theatre)
2013 – ALM-20 Conference, after-dinner entertainment (Newport)
2013 – Teen Tech awards, judge & award host (Royal Society)
2013 – “DIY Science”, host & panel chair (Wellcome Collection)
2013 – “I’m A Neuroscientist, Get Me Out Of Here”, host & panel chair (Barbican Theatre)
2013 – “BIG SCIENCE / small science” events, host and curator (Royal Institution)
2013 – National Association of Mathematics Advisers conference, after-dinner entertainment (Birmingham)
2013 – TEDxLSE “Rethink Your Definition”, opening speaker (London)
2013 – British Council, corporate entertainment, with Festival of the Spoken Nerd (London)
2013, 2012 – Maths Inspiration, presenter, various venues
2013 – British Humanist Association conference, entertainer (Leeds)
2012 – Ada Lovelace Day – Live!, host and curator (IET London)
2012 – Turing Festival keynote event, live interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Edinburgh Playhouse)
2012 – Edinburgh Science Festival, host and panel chair (National Museum of Scotland)
2012 – Norwegian Science Week, touring Voice of an Angle (Bergen, Trondheim)
2012 – Data Marketing Awards, corporate entertainment (London)
2012 – TEDSalon – Hidden Narratives, with Festival of the Spoken Nerd (London)
2012 – British Science Festival annual conference, closing entertainment (Kings Place, London)
2011 – Live Ukulele Lesson with Amy Lame, iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London)
2011 – Ada Lovelace Day – Live!, host and curator (British Computing Society)

Other

Helen has a degree in Physics from Imperial College London. Also a classically trained musician, she holds grade 8 in both piano and oboe. After graduating, Helen joined the start-up team that founded UK charity Teach First, recruiting some of the very first science and maths teachers to join their nationally successful graduate programme. She has also worked professionally as a tour guide at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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