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