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The annual Malvern Festival of Innovation, returning 7th-12th October 2019 in collaboration with London-based business mix, will this year feature a new Science and Technology Comedy Night.

Ria Lina – The Host For The Evening

Ria Lina has been entertaining both UK and international audiences with her dry wit and social commentary comedy songs for over 10 years. Prior to her career as a comic, Ria obtained a BSc in Experimental Pathology, an MSc in Forensic Science, and a PhD in viral bioinformatics, and then she worked as an IT Forensic Investigator for the Serious Fraud Office. We think you’ll agree this makes her sufficiently qualified to host the evening.

Dr Sam Gregson is The Bad Boy of Science; a physicist, science comedian and resident anarchist formerly of the University of Cambridge, and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He was the founder and project manager of LHComedy, CERN’s first comedy show. Sam has made several media appearances explaining and championing science, including Genius by Stephen Hawking (Discovery Channel/PBS), Some Boffins with Jokes (BBC), The Naked Scientists (BBC). He has also spoken at TEDxCambridgeUniversity and, more importantly, at the Malvern Festival of Innovation in 2015.

Dr Martin Khechara is a science presenter, science theatre performer, writer, researcher, Fellow of Public Engagement for STEM at the University of Wolverhampton, and a microbiologist supreme!

Following on from the success of the hit science show for schools ‘Mission Transmission’, Dr K has taken the most disgusting and interactive aspects of this fantastic theatre-based show and created something especially for the grown-ups! With the help of the audience, Martin will explore the nature of disease transmission through human faeces, vomiting and by breathing in each-others airborne secretions. A strong stomach will be needed to watch this one-of-a-kind show that you will never be able to un-see! Biohazard PPE recommended.

By day Scary is your standard rock ‘n roll loving doctor of physics, building 3D printers to produce shapechanging jelly. By night she performs comedy about science and other bizarrely specific topics, runs science entertainment events in Bristol, rolls around in pyjamas trying to choke her friends at Brazilian ju jitsu, and fights crime.*

In a career that has included researcher for the BBC science dept, press officer for a particle accelerator and an engineering faculty, and writer of comedy physics columns, she’s now focusing on live performance, having presented at the Royal Institution, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, Electromagnetic Field hacking festival, and more. If you want to look up her scientific credentials or indeed cite her work in your own paper, the name she publishes under is Dr Kate Oliver. Photo credit Steve Cross.

By day Scary is your standard rock ‘n roll loving doctor of physics, building 3D printers to produce shapechanging jelly. By night she performs comedy about science and other bizarrely specific topics, runs science entertainment events in Bristol, rolls around in pyjamas trying to choke her friends at Brazilian ju jitsu, and fights crime.*

In a career that has included researcher for the BBC science dept, press officer for a particle accelerator and an engineering faculty, and writer of comedy physics columns, she’s now focusing on live performance, having presented at the Royal Institution, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, Electromagnetic Field hacking festival, and more. If you want to look up her scientific credentials or indeed cite her work in your own paper, the name she publishes under is Dr Kate Oliver. 

Foxdog Studios (Lloyd Henning and Peter Sutton) are computer programmers who accidently turned live performers. They create comedy shows that put the audience in control of interactive games and DIY gadgets. Their last live show, Robot Chef, was a sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe and had viewers cook sausage and beans by controlling a robot on their phones (a highlight being firing a hotdog from a cannon). As seen in WIRED Magazine, heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and listed in The Independent’s Best of the Fringe 2018. Winners of the best show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019, the Chortle Award for Innovation 2016, and two Malcolm Hardee Awards in 2016.

Find out more about the Comedy Night.

Image credit: Ria Lina Live Stream.

 

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