I’m not a scientist myself, but my father is, and I grew up with a lot of awareness of and exposure to that community – not to mention the fact that I’ve spent most of my adult life dating one on and off. The end result of this is not that I became a scientist, but rather, a citizen on the side of science. Add to that the fact that I’m an entertainer with a great love of stand-up comedy, and I fall smack in the middle of the Venn diagram for this show.
One thing that struck me about this is that, in many respects, this show is a triumph of *branding* — it’s hard for me to visualize a comedian (although he has presumably done this) standing in a comedy club and opening with an explanation of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. But by labeling himself as a scientist-turned-comedian, not only are we prepared for it, it’s eagerly anticipated – the title’s ensured our complicity with the jokes.
Oh, and the show was really good.