Last spring (2022) I debuted a program at NY Tech for undergraduates to develop academia-themed stand-up comedy routines. They performed at the annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) in April; here’s the review. This summer, I brought the project to the AMNH summer physical sciences REU program; here’s a tweet of the performance. This project is funded by National Science Foundation grant 2139004. Long term, I plan to broaden this work for public engagement and outreach.
The AMNH science comedy performers: 2022 August 3.
I co-founded Reality Aside Theatre, a 501(c)3 non-profit, with my husband Wayne Yeager in 2007. From 2007 to 2010 we produced comedic plays in Manhattan for general audiences, and a touring educational science-themed sketch comedy show Spin One-half. We went on hiatus when I decided to finish my PhD, and now we look forward to bringing it back, via the comedy group I’ve begun with students.
Here’s one clip of Spin One-Half from the “Rocky Relations” sketch. Here, a young man’s marriage proposal – which involves a hunk of graphite rather than a diamond – teaches us some basic chemistry: