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Universilly Challenged

With Jonny Berliner and Simon Watt

This is an event from the 2018 edition

Are you ready to get quizzical? Science troubadour, Jonny Berliner, and Ugly Animal wrangler, Simon Watt, have created a nerdtastic night to remember. You will have your geek knowledge tested, take part in the origami Olympics, and play with puns. Niche prizes to be won. Full marks for foolishness. Paxman would hate it.

Science troubadour, Jonny Berliner (“Seriously funny”- Scotsman) and Ugly Animal wrangler, Simon Watt (“All the wit and passion of the best comics”- Chortle) have created an especially silly pub quiz cum cabaret with a difference.

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About Simon Watt

Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science-based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals.

He runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, which is a comedy night with a conservation twist. It went on to find global fame/notoriety when it teamed up with the National Science and Engineering Competition to host an online campaign resulting in the election of the blobfish as the ugliest animal on the planet. He is the co-creator and host of the new science panel show podcast, Level Up Human. His new book The Ugly Animals: We Can’t All be Pandas is out now. He has also written dozens of articles for national newspapers and websites including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, the Daily Mirror and the New York Daily News.

He is a regular contributor to TV, radio and web and is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA-winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants, the IFTA winning Wild Cities and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.

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About Jonny Berliner

Jonny Berliner is a Science Troubadour. As a musicals composer, singer-songwriter and graduate in the history and philosophy of science, the career path was clear. My mission was to light the understanding of muddied minds with clear, comic songs. I was to become a science troubadour. Since my songs were featured on the Guardian Science Weekly Podcast I have been at the forefront of comic science communication. I have shared stages with the likes of Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox, Bill Bailey and Professor Richard Dawkins. I have lit up such eminent scientific institutions as CERN in Geneva and the Royal Institution of London.

As a qualified science teacher in the process of an MA in science education, I am an expert in using songs in the classroom, as a revision tool and a means to communicate complex information in a simple, engaging way.

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Please note:

Each ticket is valid for 1 team member, with the maximum team size being 6. Smaller teams may need to share tables. Please note this event is strictly for over 18s only as alcohol will be on sale. ID will be checked of anyone that looks under the age of 25 upon entry.

Friday 19 October 
8pm–10pm, inc. interval
Venue: Epic Studios
Cost: £6
Age: 18+

Tickets go off-sale 15 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at The Forum’s ticket office on the day.