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Science Outreach Through Comedy: A Three-Part Course



Science Outreach Through Comedy: A Three-Part Course

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Presented By

Science Alliance

Science Riot


Ever Find it Difficult to Explain Your Work to Non-Scientists?

Believe it or not, "late night" comedy can help!

Applications are now being accepted for a science communication practicum. The Academy has partnered with Science Riot to bring you an immersive workshop in comedy writing and performance. Humor is a unique communication tool that can help you become a better science communicator because it forces you to translate complex ideas into relatable stories for non-scientists.

During the month-long course, you will learn to connect with broader audiences, make difficult topics accessible, and humanize science without undermining the seriousness of your profession. Science Riot and guest comedians will provide a combination of hands-on training, writing exercises, and personal feedback as you craft a short comedy talk about your expertise.

At the culmination of the course, you will have the opportunity to perform your short “late-night” styled talk for a celebrity guests and hundreds of viewers during a livestreaming event.

Through this process you will learn:

  • Improvisational and “late night” comedy methods to break down social barriers
  • How to find relatable perspectives and attitudes to frame a public conversation
  • Strategies to make scientific topics accessible without oversimplifying
  • How to recognize complex social contexts and engaging appropriately

The workshop is an intensive experience that builds cumulatively each week during the one month course. You must be available to attend each practice session in order to fully prepare for a public showcase. Training and performances will be conducted by Zoom, and a cohort of ten candidates will be selected by the strength of their application.

Workshop Dates:
  • Tuesday, June 30th: 7-9 pm
  • Tuesday, July 7th: 7-9 pm
  • Tuesday, July 14th: 7-9 pm