Science Comedy Paradox

Science Comedy Paradox

By Kasha Patel
This show looks at funny and innovative ways to communicate science. Science and comedy may seem like an odd pairing, but with the right approach they bond better than adenine and thymine. With almost a decade of stand-up experience, science comedian Kasha Patel highlights funny science shows, comedy research, and anything and everything that might make Marie Curie laugh. Join Kasha each week for new science jokes and insight about how to make the STEM field more accessible for everyone.
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Ocean Comedy
For World Oceans Day, host Kasha Patel produced an ocean-themed comedy show including stand-up, silly sketches, a game called "Sea Creature  of my Ex?" and insightful science interviews. In this episode, she showcases some of the bits and gives you a behind-the-scenes look into how to create a comedy show about a niche topic. She talks to shark enthusiast Jaida Elcock who makes popular funny science Tik Tok videos about odd and not-so-odd creatures. She also talks to microplastics researcher Imari Walker about how we can reduce microplastics in our water supplies. Watch the entire show on YouTube and subscribe for new videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3x7x4MdwH-i3JmNe6NCyLOIykA_PV_pi This episode features Rachel Pendergrass (@sharkespearean), Carlee Jackson (@CarleeMJ_), Jaida Elcock (@soFISHtication), and Imari Walker (@Calimari93).  Proceeds for this show went to Minorities in Shark Sciences: https://www.misselasmo.org/donate.html If you enjoy this podcast, rate us on iTunes or donate: paypal.me/dcsciencecomedy
47:52
June 26, 2020
Cartoons and Climate Change
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, host Kasha Patel interviews a scientist who is using cartoons to combat misinformation about climate change. With over a decade of research into climate change communication, Dr. John Cook has learned how parallel thinking--basically using analogies--is an effective way to address the logic behind many climate change misconceptions. Cook has recently released his cartoon book called Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, which is available on his website along with video versions of the cartoons. This episode also features clips from Kasha's Virtually Sustainable Earth Day Comedy Show, which can be viewed here on her YouTube channel. It also features a clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to illustrate how parallel thinking is often used by late-night talk show hosts. 
42:46
April 30, 2020
Wait, Wait, Earth Isn't Doomed. (Live comedy show)
You heard correctly, we attempted a non-depressing science comedy show about Earth's future! Join us as we adopt the style from the beloved NPR show, "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" and test your knowledge with a panel of the smartest – and funniest – conservation scientists and sustainability experts D.C. has to offer! Host Kasha Patel (NASA journalist by day, stand-up comedian by night!) will guide our guests and audience through a mine field of news, fake news, clearly made up stories not even resembling news, and of course, limericks!  Panelists: +Jessie Deichmann, conservation biologist at Smithsonian's National Zoo +Julie Speers, sustainability officer at National Science Foundation +Tom Di Liberto, climate researcher at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Host: Kasha Patel Score keeper: Haywood Turnipseed Jr. This show was produced by DC Science Comedy and Taste of Science DC. It was  recorded live in 2018 at the DC Drafthouse Theater. We released it today as special episode in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  If you enjoyed the show, please rate us on iTunes or donate to the podcast.
1:21:54
April 22, 2020
Virtual Comedy During a Quarantine
During the quarantine, comedy shows moved to online video platforms like Instagram and Zoom. After performing in an Instagram live show, Kasha decides to explore the mechanics and science of what makes a good virtual comedy show.  She talks to a psychologist (Dr. Neil Martin), a comedian (Blaire Postman), and comedy club owners in New York City (Caveat) to investigate how much audience laughter affects a comedy show, what is the best medium for comedy, and the differences between performing in live and virtual shows. This episode contains the following videos and references: Caveat's YouTube channel Study: The Effects of Audience Laughter on Men's and Women's Responses to Humor (by Dr. Neil Martin and Dr. Colin Gray) Study: Measuring responses to humor: How the testing context affects individuals' reaction to comedy (by Dr. Neil Martin, et al.) TEDx: Sneaking Science into Stand-Up (by Kasha Patel) Stephen Colbert Returns With A Message: America, You Got This. Blackadder (Amazon Prime)
40:57
April 9, 2020
Coronavirus Comedy
Kasha explores the different ways people are joking about coronavirus and the purpose behind the jokes. She talks to the creators of one comedy project in New York City called, “Asians Strike Back: A Coronavirus Science and Comedy Show.” This interview was conducted on March 9th and details were current at the time but may have changed since. Asians Strike Back: A Coronavirus Comedy & Science Show was hosted by Kyle Marian (@kylemarian) and Esther Chen (@theestherchen). Select performances by Dylan Adler, Anhtriet Tran, Bryan Yang, Asian Not Asian Podcast's Mic Nguyen & Fumi Abe, and Woody Fu. Featured scientists were Raj Sivaraman and Diana Klatt. Other featured segments were clips from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, stand-up by Norm MacDonald (full performances on his YouTube channel), "Jealous Corona" by the Vietnam Ministry of Health, and "The Coronavirus Lament" by Randy Rainbow. For more science comedy resources, visit www.DCScienceComedy.com. and follow Kasha Patel for more jokes and #scicomm tips outside of the podcast.
43:01
March 16, 2020
Scientist Comedy: How to make a scientist funnier
Kasha chats with comedian Chris Duffy about getting into science comedy, producing his live science comedy game show called "You're the Expert" and how he approaches writing jokes about scientific topics as a writer on HBO's Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas. This episode provides pointers for improving your science communication skills as an interviewer or as a scientist. 
36:30
March 9, 2020