Bright Club is a unique comedy night and public engagement activity in which academics present their research via the medium of stand-up. It was founded at UCL in London in 2009 but has since spread to cities across the country, from Bristol to Dundee.
In 2011, then-PhD student and Bright Club Edinburgh alumna Zara Gladman decided it was time Glasgow joined the club. With support from the University of Glasgow, the inaugural Bright Club Glasgow show was held on 17th November 2011 at The Admiral Bar and hosted by weegie comedy godfather, Bruce Morton.
Today the night is still going strong with regular shows at the city’s famous Stand Comedy Club and researchers from the University of Glagow, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University taking to the stage to perform their well-researched quips. Previous shows have covered a diversity of subjects: invasive crayfish, The Beegees, Burns’ poetry, astrophysics, unemployment and geochemistry, among many others!
Bright Club is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to meet other academics and hone their communication skills. It’s also a lot of fun! All peformers are provided with full training, rehearsals and support along the way.
Bright Club is run by a team of volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, either as a performer or organiser, please get in touch. From the arts to the sciences, researchers from all discplines and career stages are welcome!