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Bright Club Brussels

Bright Club is an evening of stand-up comedy by researchers for everyone. Bright Club started at University College London and has been gathering crowds in Britain for more than a few years now. Since 2015, Brussels has its own science comedy night! Participants receive a short but intensive training by a professional comedian and then have three weeks to prepare a short comedy set about their work and life as a researcher. Expect an evening scientifically sound humor, performed by scientists from different fields. Bright Clubs are held in English or Dutch. 

Performing at Bright Club: How does it work?

Step 1: You’re a scientist and preferably don’t have too much previous stage experience.

Step 2: You register using the form at the bottom of the page

Step 3: You participate in the Bright Club training session.

Step 4: you have three weeks to prepare your 8 minute long comedy set.

Step 5: rehearse with the Bright Club coach and the other scientists  on the day of the performance.

Step 6: D-Day , H- Hour , Go time at the Rits Café.

Step 7: Bathe in the adoration of the masses. There is no prize, no contest, no jury.  Participation is key in Bright Club. You will be amazed by what you learn about your own research by putting it into an eight -minute comedy sketch.

 

the 10 Commandments of Bright Club

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 the most of 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.

Our line up for the upcoming Bright Club is complete! Interested in performing at the next one? Drop Jef an e-mail at jef.van.laer@vub.be.