Posting will be slow this week since I’m a tad, um, preoccupied with my ongoing commitment to furthering the cause of nerd humor in the Greater Boston area. (Translation: I procrastinated and am now scrambling to put stuff together.) If you are in Boston and like nerdy/funny things, there are a few items below that you will likely be interested in:
GEEK WEEK presents THE COMEDY CLINIC with DR. RAJ SIVARAMAN, PH.D.
Thursday, April 28 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Mottley’s Comedy Club
61 Chatham Street
“Come watch the brightest minds in the Boston area and beyond discuss their seminal discoveries on Life, the Universe and Everything all through the brilliant medium of Microsoft Powerpoint*. Quite possibly the smartest show in Boston, with a cast of Ph.D.s, lawyers, and other overeducated performers putting the “tainment” in “edutainment”! Featuring Ken Reid, Tim Vargulish, Jono Zalay, and others!”
Join us for a night of 10-minute presentations that are (hopefully) unlike anything you’ve seen in the classroom. The full lineup consists of, in no particular order:
ImprovBoston Presents the 5th annual Geek Week Comedy Festival
April 27 – May 1, 2011
(The Economists Do It With Models bit is on Saturday at 7:30pm)
40 Prospect Street
Put on your pocket protectors, Boston! The 5th Annual Geek Week is scheduled to rock the multiverse with a combination of stand-up comedy, sketches, music, and improv from April 27 through May 1. The 50-act roster includes headline performances by comedian Big Irish Jay, musical group Ninja Sex Party, and hosts of the popular Overthinking It podcast.
Festival producer and improv comedian Kevin Harrington cites Boston’s intellectual reputation as a draw for comedians. “In Boston, we are really lucky in that we have such an informed audience. You can push your comedy here, and take risks that other places might not receive or really appreciate.”
This year is scheduled to include Jodi Beggs’ “Economics of the Simpsons”, Magic the Gathering Game, a fan-fiction themed reading, and an impression of Back to the Future: 1.21 gigawatts in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary. The festival will showcase Boston’s comedic talent Harry Gordon and recent NYC-emigres Micah Sherman and Myq Kaplan, as well as far-flung comedians such as Ed Hill, from Canada by way of Asia, L.A.-based stand-up Aparna Nacherla, and NYC’s award-winning improv duo “Swords.”
With a lineup that includes more music, videos, and shorts, Geek Week has expanded to partner with Mottley’s Comedy Club. Fresh off of a performance at SXSW, Ninja Sex Party will kick off Thursday night’s musical section of Geek Week with references to Alf, Monty Python, LOTR, RPGs, exemplifying this Geek Week’s ethos of manic versatility.
You can see more information and purchase tickets here. It should be a good time- I’m in a slot with the guys from Overthinking It, which is appropriate since a. they are awesome, and b. their latest post is entitled “The Economics of Death Star Planet Destruction.” (The term “Gross Galactic Product” might also be used in there somewhere.)
Come on, you know you want to. In related news, I’ll have stickers.