Trying to find your voice? Listen

I worked with BBC Light Entertainment for six weeks in 2015 on Vote Now Show during the 2015 election. The work culminated in an all-nighter as the results came in and half a dozen sleep-deprived writers attempted to get our heads around a Tory landslide, and then make jokes about it. There weren’t enough biscuits. One … Read moreTrying to find your voice? Listen

Competence and confident humility

Self-esteem can be slippery. One minute you have it, the next the bubble bursts and it’s gone. 5 years ago I took up stand up comedy, perhaps because my self-esteem needed a boost. It’s been a rollercoaster. A gig goes well, and I’m Leonardo DiCaprio on the front of the Titanic. A gig goes badly, … Read moreCompetence and confident humility

Why is the ‘Rule of Three’ funny?

This article was written with the very kind help of Clare Jonas: Clare Jonas is a science communicator with a PhD in the psychology of perception. When she’s not talking about merkins in the name of explaining science, she enjoys attempting to guess the names of other people’s dogs and listening to the music of Four Tet. … Read moreWhy is the ‘Rule of Three’ funny?

Level Up Human – Steve Backshall vs Kate Storrs

Level Up Human Series 2, Episode 11: Steve Backshall vs Kate Storrs Level Up Human is a podcast panel show, on a mission to redesign the human body. Simon and Rach chat to naturalist and broadcaster Steve Backshall and visual perception scientist Kate Storrs. We discuss enhanced vision, limb regeneration, gecko hands, super kidneys and re-breathing. Extracts from the episode, edited … Read moreLevel Up Human – Steve Backshall vs Kate Storrs

6 Easy Ways to Start Writing

The blank page is terrifying. But the good news is, writer’s block doesn’t exist. Not really. Not being able to think of anything to write is easily overcome with a few strategies. And if writing is what you do, and you’re serious about it, not being in the mood is not a good enough excuse. … Read more6 Easy Ways to Start Writing

Stand Up for Towel Day at the British Library

To celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the original radio broadcasts of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the British Library are hosting a whole day of events. Stand Up for Towel Day will be there, with Steve Cross, Cerys Bradley, The Underground Clown Club, Declan Kennedy, Jonathan Hearn and The Story Beast all performing homages … Read moreStand Up for Towel Day at the British Library

Level Up Human: Live at the Barbican

Earlier this year, Simon Watt and I recorded an episode of our podcast, Level Up Human, live at the Barbican in association with The Physiological Society. This episode was recorded with expert guests, marine biologist, writer and documentary maker, Helen Scales and KCL professor of developmental neurobiology, Robert Hindges. Episode summary First we look at … Read moreLevel Up Human: Live at the Barbican