Two bacteria walk into a bar: The life of a science comedian

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    Brian Malow is a science comedian. (Photo courtesy of Malow)

    Brian Malow is a science comedian. (Photo courtesy of Malow)

    How one science-loving comedian makes “geeks laugh” for a living.

    You know you’re a science comedian when you start your jokes with “two bacteria walk into a bar…”

    Brian Malow always had a love for science, and considered becoming a scientist. Instead, he pursued comedy, and enjoys “making geeks laugh” for a living.

    Malow reads science news for inspiration, and if he’s joking about the speed of light or something along those lines, he always makes sure he gets his math right. “I can see them looking sometimes, I see that they have lost the thread of the joke because they are checking my math,” he said.

    Malow also speaks at science conferences to encourage scientists to become better presenters and communicators. “If somebody gets up to the stage to present and they hand you a data stick with their powerpoint, and they say ‘this is my presentation’ that’s wrong. YOU are the presentation.”

    Take a listen to our conversation and get ready for some scientific dad jokes! 

    Malow is performing at Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia on May 11.  

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