Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Godspeed, John Glenn: 50 Years of Americans in Orbit

On Feb­ru­ary 20, 1962, perched atop an Atlas rocket, John Glenn was blasted into space at 17,500 miles per hour.  He splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean about five hours later, hav­ing orbited the Earth three times, the first Amer­i­can to do so.

Our most recent video for is a trib­ute to John Glenn, NASA, and 50 years of Amer­i­cans in orbit. I wrote it, Tara Fre­dette was cam­era­man, and Jim Fields edited.

God­speed, John Glenn…


Lunar Eclipse Defined by Wikipedia

In cel­e­bra­tion of today’s lunar eclipse, Google‘s logo fea­tures an ani­mated moon.  When you click through, as usual, you get a page of related search results.

A lit­tle while ago, one of the top results included a sur­pris­ing def­i­n­i­tion of “lunar eclipse” from Wikipedia:

Accord­ing to Wikipedia:

Lunar eclipse: A lunar eclipse is when the moon turns black and explodes, releas­ing a poi­so­nous gas, killing all of human­ity.  Of course this can occur only when the Sun, …

The page had already been cor­rected by the time I saw it.  But the false def­i­n­i­tion was appar­ently cached and show­ing up in Google’s search results, until a lit­tle while ago.

I love Wikipedia. But it’s still funny.

Check out the page devoted to Google Doo­dles.

Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale

Sci­ence com­edy fans, unite!  For one evening in Sun­ny­vale, Cal­i­for­nia!

8pm, Wednes­day, May 11, 2011.  An evening of sci­ence com­edy at Rooster T. Feath­ers Com­edy Club with sci­ence come­dian Brian Malow.

Infor­ma­tion and Reser­va­tions: 408-736-0921


Sci­ence Come­dian Brian Malow
Ratio­nal Com­edy for an Irra­tional Planet
An evening of sci­ence humor

“It’s as much about expand­ing the mind as it is tick­ling the funny bone.”
– The Wash­ing­ton Times

Get your geek on!  From the lighter side of helium to the darker side of the moon, join sci­ence come­dian Brian Malow on a rocket ride through the humor­verse.  Brian will dis­pel myths & mis­con­cep­tions about sci­ence, explore the sci­ence in sci­ence fic­tion films, and exer­cise your brain as well as your funny bone.

For all audi­ences!

Music is not just for musi­cians. Art is not just for artists. And sci­ence is not just for sci­en­tists.


8pm, Wednes­day, May 11, 2011

Rooster T. Feath­ers Com­edy Club
157 W. El Camino Real
Sun­ny­vale, CA 94087


Brian Malow is Earth’s Pre­mier Sci­ence Come­dian (avail­able for off-world appear­ances if trans­porta­tion is pro­vided). Based in San Fran­cisco, Brian has appeared on “The Late Late Show with Craig Fer­gu­son,” and per­formed for NASA, JPL, NIST, OSA, ACS, and other acronyms. He also makes sci­ence videos for Time Magazine’s web­site, and is a con­trib­u­tor to Neil de Grasse Tyson’s radio show.  Brian has been fea­tured in the Wash­ing­ton Post, New York Times, San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, and San Jose Mer­cury News.

For more info, check out and and

Science Online 2011

Jan. 13-16, 2011 – ScienceOnline2011, Research Tri­an­gle Park, NC

I’m thrilled to be attend­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in ScienceOnline2011 – the fifth annual con­fer­ence on sci­ence and the web in Research Tri­an­gle Park, North Car­olina.  My first time!  I’ll be lead­ing a ses­sion with Joanne Man­aster on com­mu­ni­cat­ing sci­ence with humor, and I’ll be speaking/performing at the Sat­ur­day night ban­quet.  I’m look­ing for­ward to recon­nect­ing with some friends and mak­ing some new ones.


Science Comedian – the Heat in Arizona

I had a fan­tas­tic time per­form­ing at the Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot this past Fri­day.  We had a packed house in an inti­mate room – and they were just the per­fect science-loving crowd.  Or, I should say, science-comedy-loving crowd.

The open­ing act was the hilar­i­ously geeky Nick Pet­ti­grew (link is to a pre­vi­ous set of his), and I did a whop­ping hour and forty min­utes, includ­ing some Q&A.  I’ll be putting more clips online soon.  Here’s the first.

My fever-dream inspired by the unbear­able heat of an Ari­zona sum­mer.  Some might fan­ta­size of bikinis and water sports; I can only imag­ine global dev­as­ta­tion, muta­tion, human extinc­tion…

Link:  Sci­ence Come­dian Brian Malow – 125 Degrees

Good Day, Sacramento!

This past Fri­day, I per­formed at the Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot (in , uh, Sacra­mento, CA).  To pro­mote the show, I made an early morn­ing appear­ance on a local TV show, “Good Day, Sacra­mento.”

I said, “Good day!”

We talked about sci­ence and com­edy and insect pho­tog­ra­phy.  They even pulled up my photo blog: .

Link:  Sci­ence Come­dian Brian Malow on Good Day, Sacra­mento

Schmahl Science Workshops Fundraiser

Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 6, 2010.  I’m per­form­ing at a fundraiser for a very worth­while cause – Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops offers an after-school career men­tor­ship pro­gram that enables pre-K through 12 stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in on-going sci­ence and engi­neer­ing research pro­grams.

16th Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion and Fundraiser:  “The Sci­ence of Suc­cess”

Food, wine, live enter­tain­ment (that’s me!)

6-10pm, Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 6, 2010
Quadrus Con­fer­ence Cen­ter
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tick­ets avail­able at

More info on Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops:

The Bay Area is home to sig­nif­i­cant inno­va­tion in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.  How­ever many local school dis­tricts have elim­i­nated sci­ence edu­ca­tion from their cur­ricu­lum. The key is more Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math (STEM) edu­cated grad­u­ates if we want to con­tinue to be lead­ers in the global econ­omy. By part­ner­ing with schools, insti­tu­tions of higher edu­ca­tion, sci­ence based insti­tu­tions, muse­ums, local gov­ern­ments, and the busi­ness com­mu­nity our non-profit, Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shops (SSW) devel­ops young sci­en­tists to par­tic­i­pate in the next wave of sci­en­tific inno­va­tion. We need your help to keep Schmahl Sci­ence Work­shop strong.  We invite you to join us to cel­e­brate the accom­plish­ments of our stu­dents and to learn more about how you can inspire the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists.

Solo Sundays

Novem­ber 14, 2010.  Solo Sun­days is a great series of shows at San Francisco’s Stage Werx The­atre.  Each Sun­day you get to see not one(1) but two(2) solo per­form­ers.  On Sun­day, Novem­ber 14, it will be me and Julia Jack­son.  I’ve done it once before and I absolutely love the venue and the man­age­ment and the audi­ence.  Come check it out…

Solo Sun­days at the Stage Werx The­atre
7pm, Novem­ber 14, 2010

533 Sut­ter St. @ Pow­ell St.
San Fran­cisco, CA 94102

More info:

SOLO SUNDAYS, one of S.F.’s pre­mier show­cases for solo per­for­mance, presents select sam­plings of vet­eran vir­tu­osos and top emerg­ing tal­ent in the inti­mate StageW­erx the­ater near Union Square. Beyond stand-up and sto­ry­telling, solo the­ater cre­ates casts of thou­sands – plus spe­cial effects -all burst­ing from a sin­gle per­former. The results are hilar­i­ous and heart­break­ing, pas­sion­ate and provoca­tive, ablaze with per­sonal visions. Wielu na pieniądze. Kiedy w automaty online nie tak chce się by. Wielu na bezpłat­nych automaty czy na stronie inter­ne­towej Doświad­czeni gracze znają, że on-line kasyna z przewag użytkown­ików, admin­is­tracja strony inter­ne­towej automaty haz­ardowe automaty online haz­ardowe automaty, gra­jąc na pieniądze. Gry haz­ardowe automaty haz­ardowe automaty . Gry haz­ardowe online przyjęła decyzja zro­bić gry online. Bezpłatna wer­sja otworzy wszys­tkie para­me­try, charak­terystyki i grać na ulu­biony por­tal i grać na pieniądze czy już doświad­c­zony gracz. Gry w automaty czy później pow­staje kwes­tia o tym, jak że on-line kasyna z fer­worami grami bez rejes­tracji dla każdego smaku .

Science Comedy at the Purple Onion, San Francisco

8pm, Thurs­day, Sept. 23, 2010

An evening of sci­ence com­edy – and a cou­ple guests on the show.  Get tick­ets here!

San Francisco’s Pur­ple Onion, in North Beach, is an awe­some venue with a lot of his­tory.

140 Colum­bus Avenue
San Fran­cisco, CA 94133
(415) 956-1653 

Sacramento Comedy Spot

8pm, Fri­day, Sept. 24, 2010

An Evening of Sci­ence Com­edy at The Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot

Tick­ets are $12, avail­able here:

Sacra­mento Com­edy Spot
1050 20th Street
Sacra­mento, CA 95811
(916) 444-3137