Calling all Bright Clubbers!

Bright Club is an evening of stand-up comedy by scientists. After five successful editions, we will host a sixth science comedy night in Brussels in February or March 2019.

 

After a short, yet intensive comedy training, you have three weeks to prepare an eight minute comedy set in English about your life and work in academia. On D-Day, you will perform alongside the other Bright Clubbers, comedians and a professional MC.

 

Sounds interesting? Fill in the form below!

How does it work?

Step 1: You’re a researcher, preferably without a lot of stage experience

Step 2: You register using the form at the bottom of this webpage.

Step 3: We let you know whether you made it into the line up.

Step 4: You take part in the Bright Club training session on.

Step 5: You have three weeks to prepare your comedy set.

Step 6: The big day! Before going on stage, you and the other Bright Clubbers take the afternoon to practice together with your coach.

Step 7: D-Day, H-Hour, Go Time at RITCS café!

Step 8: Bathe in the adoration of the masses. Bright Club is not a competition. There is no jury and there will be no prizes to hand out. Instead, you’ll go home with a warm glow of confidence in your ability to communicate succinctly, to the point and above all with humour about your work.

The 10 Commandments of Bright Club

Each Bright Club follows these ten (and a bit) commandments, originally carved out in granite by the founders of Bright Club in London.

The first rule of Bright Club is that you tell all your friends about Bright Club

The second rule of Bright Club is that you TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT BRIGHT CLUB

Third rule: Everyone has to be funny

Fourth rule: Every event will be compered by a professional comedian and feature a professional comedian headline act.

Fifth rule: Every event will feature some (4 to 8) content performers, talking amusingly about the things they study, work on or know about.

Sixth rule: For most gigs content performers should be University researchers.

Seventh rule: Lots of extra points if your content performers don’t normally do this sort of thing.

Eighth rule: Time will be divided roughly equally between professionals and content performers.

Ninth rule: Anyone who won’t attend training or put in the time to write a set with jokes in can’t perform.

Tenth rule: If the audience don’t feel like they’ve come to a proper comedy night, you’re not doing it right.

Tenth and a halfth rule: If most of the audience work or study at Universities you’re not doing it right.

Ten and three-quarterth rule: If the audience AND performers don’t leave cleverer than they arrived you’re doing it wrong.

Ten and seven-eighth rule: Charge real money for people to attend. The audience will thank you for it.

Bright Club: I'm interested!

Interested in performing at Bright Club? Leave your name and e-mail and we'll contact you as soon as we have a new date! This is not your final registration. Once the dates and details are fixed, we will invite you via e-mail to register.