News news news! QI, Soho Theatre and new “Elements” song

cover2It’s been a busy few months… too busy to update this page, so here’s a link to my latest newsletter.

Highlights include our BBC Two debut as Festival of the Spoken Nerd, in the new series of QI – bringing three electrifying experiments to try out on the panel.

Also our ten-night run at the Soho Theatre starts in just under a month and runs from 11th to 21st January, with the best of Festival of the Spoken Nerd’s last two tours. Plus a very special concert for families that I’m hosting for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

And online I’ve re-recorded Tom Lehrer’s “Elements” with the 16 elements he didn’t know about when he wrote the song in 1959. They even rhyme!

Read it all here.

 

I Solve London’s Problems (for Time Out)

London ProblemsHere’s me in a recent issue of Time Out London, solving problems for my fellow capital city-dwellers using a dash of science.

You can hear more problems being solved by me, Matt and Steve in “Domestic Science”, our new Radio 4 comedy show! Broadcasts start next Wednesday 20th July and all the details are here.

Tune in live at 11.15pm or listen & download afterwards. It’s a treat for your ears, and you might (possibly) learn something too.

Radio 4 Recordings and Festival Appearances – this summer!

Green DomsciWe (that is Matt, Steve and me as Festival of the Spoken Nerd) are recording our first comedy series for BBC Radio 4 next month: “Domestic Science”.

Cue excitement! And sound effects!

The recordings are 10th and 20th May, with an afternoon read-through for a very select audience on Friday 6th May at 3pm. If you can join us at any of those we would love to see some friendly faces there. Tickets for the 6th are available now, but you need to follow our twitter feed and Facebook events to get tickets for the actual 10th May and 20th May recordings.

The shows will be broadcast some time in July on BBC Radio 4, and downloadable from the BBC Radio Player for 28 days afterwards. I’m told you can listen to the Radio Player from anywhere in the world, so no excuse not to tune in once they’ve been broadcast in the UK!

If you’d rather see me doing something live, I’ve got a heap of festival appearances coming up: Udderbelly Festival on the South Bank, Imperial Festival, Devizes Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, Oxfordshire Science Festival, Nine Worlds Convention, Solarsphere Music & Astronomy Festival and the new Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory. All tickets and info here.

You wait ages for a TV broadcast date, and then three come along at once…

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Quick news update for April, with three things on your tellybox that I’m appearing in soon:

OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE – the new series has already gone out in the US, but UK viewers can watch it on WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT 8pm on Discovery UK. There’s plenty of new clips to watch here in the meantime, including the punniest collection of science presenters on the planet.

EUREKA! THE BIG BANG QUERY – if you’re in Ireland (or can somehow magically get RTE channels wherever you are) you can see me on two episodes of Eire’s best new / only new science-themed panel show. You can see me doing a very special version of The Elements on MONDAY 24th APRIL around 10.30pm, with Neil Delamere in the hotseat, and comedians PJ Gallagher and Susan Calman. If you’re not in the right part of the world, you can still see Neil making a ninny of himself in a wind tunnel here – for science, of course…

THE IT CROWD MANUAL – and for everyone who loved The IT Crowd as much as Roy loved an obscure nerdy t-shirt, I’m briefly in this tribute to the programme. It aired a few years ago, but now you can watch it (and all the episodes too) on the Channel4 website ANY TIME YOU LIKE.

The new – and now complete! – Elements song on Channel 4 News

ElementsIn case you missed it (you would only have had to blink a few times) here’s my *new* *updated* version of Tom Lehrer’s “Elements” as seen on Channel 4 News last night. I’m still waiting for the IUPAC to actually name elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 before I can truly finish the song, but let’s call this New Version 1.0 for now.

In other news, I helped the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture smash a glass on TV (yet again) but have no fear if you missed it, you can see the lectures here with the glass-smash around 42 minutes, or watch my live stage version from “Full Frontal Nerdity” where I sing my little heart out here.

Also there’s an epic sale on at the Festival of the Spoken Nerd shop right now… everything is in multiples of pi pounds, from t-shirts to totes and tea towels, so you can pick up a bargain from just £3.14 if you are quick…

Live on Blue Peter, and Just For Graphs tour continues…

Blue peter glass smashFinally, a childhood dream has been realised! I did a smashing bit of science live on Blue Peter last Thursday – click the image on the left to watch it happen.

For more updates on what I’m doing right now, take a look at my latest Newsletter here. There’s new videos from my piece about Dark Matter for BBC2 Coast, free songs to download, and a tonne of tour dates with our new “Just For Graphs” show all around the UK.

We’re about a quarter of the way through the tour now, and you’ll be gutted if you miss out on four types of fire, big spectacular musical numbers and an “electrifying” live experiment that involves the whole audience.

Tickets for all shows available here, and a map with all our upcoming dates is here.

Here’s what some of the reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe said… this new show is clearly Off The Chart!

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New series of Coast on BBC 2, and Full Frontal Nerdity out now!

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It’s that time of year again… my second investigation for Coast will be broadcast as part of the new series on BBC 2 this summer! I’m in the episode called “Caves and Coves” at 8pm on Thursday 13th August, although you don’t have to catch it live as it will be on iPlayer for a few weeks afterwards.

If you can’t wait that long, you can get your hands on our latest tour show Full Frontal Nerdity on DVD and download, from just £5 at the Festival of the Spoken Nerd shop. It has 100 minutes of live show, plus 5 hours of bonus nerdity including subtitles in English, Binary and Klingon, 85 minutes of specially filmed extras and four alternative soundtracks.

Buy it online now, or come get a signed copy in person on our “Just For Graphs” tour, starting at the Fringe in August and touring all across the UK from September to December. It’s going to be Off The Chart! Tickets available now.

Full Frontal Nerdity – DVD recording!

Kickstarter 43 smallQuick news update for fans of Festival of the Spoken Nerd… We’re recording our first DVD in January, of Full Frontal Nerdity, the show we took to the Fringe and toured around the UK earlier this year.

We’re ludicrously excited about the whole thing, but we also know it’s a ludicrously expensive project. We’ve opened a Kickstarter Project so that fans can pre-order the DVD and other exclusive perks. It also means that we can fund all the add bonus extras, subtitles, music licensing and more that we want to create.

The campaign closes on 4th December at 6pm GMT, so get in quick if you want your copy of the show before anyone else, and all those lovely perks.

From 5th December you can pre-order the DVD and luxury downloads from festivalofthespokennerd.com so don’t worry if you miss out on the Kickstarter, you can still get your hands on Full Frontal Nerdity after it’s closed.

And if you’d like to join us for the recording (and get your face committed onto film for all eternity) you can still get tickets for 16th and 17th January at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. Nerd out!

You Have Been Warned – new series starting soon!

622586_438121846296600_1621043769_oGood news for science fact fans! Our new series of You Have Been Warned starts next Monday on Discovery Channel UK, 8pm

The first episode “License to Thrill” kicks off 10 weeks of the silliest / insanest / most interesting science on the internet, dissected live on your tellybox by me, Matt Parker, Suze Kundu, Simon Pampena, Tom Wrigglesworth and many more.

Series 3 is going out first in the UK, Europe Africa & Middle East, then in Asia from mid-October, in Latin America from November, and finally in North America next year – under the title “Outrageous Acts of Science” – same programme, difference voiceover accent. Hope you can catch some of it! 


My Rollercoaster Face – and No Cause for ConCERN

rollercoasterfaceQuick news update: my piece about the physics of rollercoasters went out on BBC Two series Coast last night – which means you can watch the whole episode on iPlayer for the next 5 weeks!

I’m on at the very start, and the very end, but if you’re short of time (or can’t get iPlayer where you are) just watch a clip of the final ride here.

And, in a coincidence that almost defies the laws of physics, the “No Cause for ConCERN” gig I did in Geneva last month went online at the same time. Watch the whole thing here – or if you just want to see my sets, skip to Slide 22 / 53 minutes in, and slide 76 / 2 hours 50 minutes in. Though if you have the time, it was a treat to see the other acts Chella Quint, Big Van Theory and three fantastic CERN scientists trying stand-up for the first time. Funny stuff! And guaranteed to make you smarter. Maybe.