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.

Newsletter out today: TV shows, new live dates and a podcast story

Helen ArneyMy latest infrequent-but-interesting newsletter came out today – you can read it here or (even better) sign up to get the next one here.

It has dates and times for some bits of TV work that were filmed about 9 and 12 months ago respectively… a short piece about rollercaster physics for BBC2 Coast, and also 4 episodes of “Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience” for Comedy Central. Please do tune in and let people know about the shows!

In other news, I’m doing a few work in progress gigs at the Camden Fringe this August, plus there are a host of new material nights from Festival of the Spoken Nerd as we start work on our 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and UK tour show.

More tiny news treats are at the bottom of the newsletter, but I’m not writing them out here, you’ll have to click the link to find out what they are!

How The Victorians Ruined The World


Flushing toilets, tube trains and Christmas trees are just some of the finest legacies of the Victorian age… or did they bring a global sanitation crisis, middle class rush hour misery and annual family feuds over the remains of a chocolate selection box?

Find out in a one-off show I’m hosting with my sister, the science writer and broadcaster Kat Arney. We’ve put our sibling rivalry aside long enough to ask “How The Victorians Ruined The World” in a show that respectfully begs to differ. Buy tickets here!

Two top-notch guests are joining us in Hackney on Wednesday 16 July: Environmental engineer & toilet expert from UCL Sarah Bell, plus historian & author of “The Victorian Guide To Sex” Fern Riddell.

About half the tickets have already gone, so buy yours now if you want to be there to discover “How The Victorians Ruined The World” (if indeed they did…) and have your chance to vote how you would change it back!

NB Voting restricted to male landowning gentry registered before 1819

DRESS CODE: Victorian attire is welcome but not obligatory. Wrists, ankles and piano legs must remain covered at all times.

© 2017 Helen Arney