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April Fools: Museum hosts “Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet”

Calling All Science Enthusiasts and Jokers — Museum hosts “Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet”

RALEIGH — Are you a science enthusiast that loves a geeky science joke? Then prepare to laugh a lot and even learn a little at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Tuesday, April 1 at 7pm when science funny guy Brian Malow presents “Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet.” Drawing from physics, astronomy, biology and chemistry, Earth’s (self-proclaimed) Premier Science Comedian is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. And you don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy the show — Malow’s comedy is suitable for general audiences, particularly teens and adults. This show is part of the NC Science Festival.

Though Malow has been a comedian for nearly two decades, his love of science is much older than his love of comedy. Malow grew up reading science books and science fiction — even pursuing an undergraduate degree in pre-med and considering a career in science. After discovering comedy, he slowly transformed his enthusiasm for science into a perfect comedic niche. 

“It was a very natural evolution, and not a calculated move,” Malow says. 

Since then, Malow has performed for the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Science Writers, Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and many more. He has produced science videos for TIME magazine’s website, co-hosted on the Weather Channel and contributed to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show. Other appearances include The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Tech TV, Discovery and A&E. Malow will soon perform at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC.

But Malow is not just a science comedian. He is also an expert science communicator, and frequently gives talks to scientists to teach them to become better public speakers.  At the Museum, he is the Curator of the SECU Daily Planet Theater and hosts Thursday night Science Cafes. Although his shows usually incorporate comedy, his goal is to ask interesting science questions and communicate his passion and interest in science to a wider audience. 

“My work is all about public engagement with science — making things interesting and easy to understand.  The humor is a part of that but I don’t have to make everything funny, as long as it’s interesting,” says Malow.  “Of course, for the April Fool’s show, the humor will be front and center.”

Admission is free. For more information, visit naturalsciences.org.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 27, 2014