About brightclubglasgow

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!

Indy Ref Special: Lineup Announced!

We’re very excited to announce our lineup for our Indy Ref Special on 23rd October at The Admiral!  A diverse group of experts in media, education, literature, geology, chemistry and law will discuss issues surrounding the Scottish Independence debate, through the medium of stand-up comedy.

Gallus Glaswegian Bruce Morton will host the show, along with his comrade Andrew Learmonth from the ‘Greater Shawlands Republic’.

The audience will also play a starring role in the show by voting in the Bright Club Referendum.

Join us for what’s sure to be a fun and very interesting evening!  Tickets are on sale now – grab yours here.

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Autumn shows

After a fantastic run at The Fringe, autumn is well and truly upon us.  We have a hat-trick of hilarity for you with three bumper shows scheduled for September and October!

On Tuesday 17th September, we’re at the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club with a FREE show to celebrate Freshers’ Week.

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Two weeks later, after a five-month hiatus, we’re excited to return to The Stand Comedy Club on Monday 30th September for a show hosted by Michael ‘Father Stone’ Redmond and his awe-inspiring moustache.  We’ve even booked a musician!  Don’t miss what’s sure to be a cracking night, tickets are on sale now.

And now for something completely different. Next year, people in Scotland will be voting on whether we should remain a part of the UK or become an independent country.  The debate is in full swing but lacking one vital ingredient: humour!

On Wednesday 26th October we’ll be attempting to inject a little humour into the national conversation with the Bright Club Glasgow Indy Ref Special!  Six academic performers will discuss the issues surrounding independence in the context of their own research field.  We’ll even be staging our own BCG Referendum!  This will be an interesting one… stay tuned for updates!


Bright Club at The Fringe

This year Bright Club is doing a run at Edinburgh’s famous Fringe Festival!  Around 90 performers from universities across the country will share their well-researched gags across 24 shows at The Assembly Rooms.

Bright Club Glasgow will be well represented with around 17 alumni taking part.  Laugh and learn about everything from art to zoology!

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Save a pound at the preview show this Wednesday 31st July at 15:45. Tickets are £9 (£8 concessions).  Full details of the lineup are available here.

Hope to see you then!

Bright Club Glasgow: IndyRef Special


Next year, people in Scotland will be voting on whether we should remain a part of the UK or become an independent country.  The debate is in full swing but lacking one vital ingredient: humour!

Bright Club Glasgow would like to rectify this.  On 23rd October 2013, join us in The Admiral Bar for the ‘Bright Club Glasgow Indy Ref Special’, hosted by comedy godfather Bruce Morton.  Six academic performers will discuss independence in the context of their own research through the medium of – you guessed it – stand up comedy!  It’s a great chance to laugh and learn about the issues surrounding independence.  At the end of the night, have your say by voting in our very own Bright Club Referendum!

 Are you a researcher?  Do you have an opinion on Scottish Independence?  Whether you’re in the Yes, No or Undecided camp, Bright Club is seeking researchers (from Masters to Professors) from all disciplines to perform at the show.  From the arts to the sciences, all are welcome – we’d like as diverse a lineup as possible!

Bright Club is fantastic way to hone your communication skills, meet other academics and have fun!  Full training, rehearsals and support will be provided in the run up to the show.

Interested? Email brightclubglasgow@gmail.com