Festival of the Spoken Nerd - Full Frontal Nerdity

Warning: Do not attend this show if you do not want to learn something new. Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity is a show of science and maths, done humorously, not humour about science and maths. Of course, if you do decide to attend the show, what you may end up learning is that science and maths, done right, can be both unbelievably funny, and incredibly fun.

Making up the cast of Festival of the Spoken Nerd are offbeat ukulele player Helen Arney; excellent stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, and punny science-guy Steve Mould. Together they explain why magenta doesn't actually exist, sing a rather charming ballad about synaesthesia and even throw in some comedy about graphs. If this sounds at all tedious, I assure you that it’s not. The concepts the trio demonstrate are mind-boggling and throughout the show Parker and Mould’s lively standup combined with Arney’s entertaining ukulele playing will ensure that you don't get bored by all the knowledge surreptitiously sneaking into your system.

There are, of course, moments when the show falls flat; a particular joke doesn't land, the glass failed to explode, the pickle didn't do... whatever it was the pickle was supposed to do (I’m still not quite sure). These, however, are the pitfalls of almost any show; while this is definitely not the comedy to attend if you are thoroughly opposed to any further education whatsoever, if you like learning and love laughing this is definitely the show for you.

Reviews by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

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The Blurb

Are you sci-curious? Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geeky songstress Helen Arney and experiments maestro Steve Mould present Full Frontal Nerdity, with stand-up, live science and unashamed geekiness. 'Wonderfully witty' **** (Chortle.co.uk). www.festivalofthespokennerd.com

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