SciDF4Fun – After-lab with Science Comedy

Last 1st of March SciDF offered one of our less frequent but just as enjoyable fun social events at bar Maumau.

This SciDF4Fun happened the evening after our presence at YoMo so it was a chance for SciDF and YoMo members and friends to network while having fun.

If you look at the author of this text, you’ll realise it’s a special blog post. No, it’s not an ego situation, but it is a bit of a case of me, myself and I. I was part of the organisation of the event, took part in the advertising as a member of the communication team and even performed on the day. Someone decided you hadn’t had enough of this mad scientist and commissioned me the article. It’s SciDF4Fun after all, so we can afford some oddity.

Of course, being involved in most steps doesn’t mean doing it all by myself. Check the Our team page to see the people involved in each working group. Plus, people from other sections of SciDF helped on the venue. All those events about collaborating and building bridges; we ought to lead by example. And we managed to have full house, i.e. 100 people.

Lana Vuli and Dr. Matthew Murtha

Exotic blond from overseas and host for the night Ryan Armstrong cracked the first jokes to welcome the audience to the four-piece science comedy show. The first half of the event included my Disney musical on pesticides in farmed salmon and Dr. Matt and Marnie’s humorous review of the last news in science. It’d be wrong of me to brag that we delivered comedy gold, but then, I was taught to always speak the truth.

Ryan called the break for people to interact and refill their glasses —to have them easier in case we only delivered comedy silver. I must admit I missed that part but I could feel the ambience from the next room where I was getting ready for the second half. The second part of the show consisted of a cabaret number on seafood safety by Lana Vuli (aka drag queen me) and a science quiz by Dr. Matt and Marnie, who rewarded right answers with sweets so people would go home with a nice aftertaste of the event.

After Ryan closed the show with the last jokes, people stayed for one last drink, not out of disrespect for Ryan’s closure but because the mood was right. And this is what happens when people love science and are serious about it but know to enjoy it too.

Òscar Aznar Alemany