Some academics, a comedian and a musician walk into a bar…

Some academics, a comedian and a musician walk into a bar… No, this isn’t a joke, this is the standard line-up for Bright Club. If you’ve never heard of Bright Club you’re certainly missing out. This is a comedy night with a difference; researchers and academics take to the stage to reveal the comic goings on behind university doors. The event is compèred by a professional stand-up and usually includes a local music act.

The academics are locally sourced from the North East and bring a wide range of experience, subjects, and performance styles to the night. Previous sets have covered all manner of things including nights out in Newcastle, how to abduct an ape and the politics of poo. No subject is off the cards – science, history, art, maths, techno-spirituality (exactly what it sounds like) – Bright Club has seen them all. This spectacular hodgepodge of performers and topics means that every event is different and fresh, combining cutting edge research with side splitting comedy.

Check out past performers on our YouTube channel for a taste of what to expect (warning: adult content):

Get involved

“I laughed, I cried, I conquered. Bright Club was simultaneously the most challenging and rewarding thing I have done to date.” – Lauren Powell, previous performer

Bright Club is constantly on the lookout for new performers (absolutely no experience necessary and training provided) so if you fancy trying your hand at stand-up, or are looking for a new and different way to engage people with your research, come and give it a go. Email Duncan on for more information.


Bright Club is held at The Stand Comedy Club around five times a year. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming dates:

Tickets cost only £4 and can be booked through The Stand.

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