By Katherine Aitchison, on 8 November 2012
“There are massive f***ing error bars on every adjective I’m going to use tonight.”
Those are the words every scientist wants to hear at the start of a comedy night. We like to be assured that all the jokes we’re about to hear have been properly tested and subjected to significance testing. Of course, if the error bars are massive then the results probably aren’t significant – but we won’t go into that.
So this was Science Showoff, a monthly open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science historians or anyone else in any way connected with the scientific world to come and be funny whilst talking about what they love. It’s a monthly event which has been running for just over a year and 7November saw the biggest Showoff to date in the Bloomsbury Theatre.