Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs

Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs. Image shows from L to R: Steve Mould, Matt Parker, Helen Arney. Copyright: The Comedy Unit.

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Stand-up show starring Matt Parker, Helen Arney and Steve Mould performed on the following days in August 2015...

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The science comedy phenomenon returns, and this time they're off the chart! Join stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve Mould and geek songstress Helen Arney for graph-a-minute fun on an unprecedented linear scale. 2014's smash-hit Full Frontal Nerdity was 'great, funny, clever ... even the heckles at this terrific show are smart' **** (Scotsman). Available now on DVD and download. Watch this 'resplendently geeky trio' (Times) Excel themselves in a new show packed with explosive live experiments and statistically significant laughter. 'Nerd show to end all nerd shows' **** (List).

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The science comedy phenomenon, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a brand new show and this time they're off the chart. Join this "resplendently geeky trio" (The Times) as they Excel themselves with graph-a-minute fun on an unprecedented linear scale.

Just for Graphs will be packed with explosive live experiments and statistically significant laughter but will "the nerds" stay on-trend, or lose the plot completely? Stand up mathematician Matt Parker (Discovery's You have been Warned) plans to use the audience as a human speaker cable, Experiments maestro Steve Mould (BBC1's Britain's Brightest) will be "setting charts on fire" and performing stand-up based on data from the birth of his first child and geek songstress Helen Arney (BBC2's Coast) sings an emotional tribute to the intrepid Philae lander, which travelled 4 billion miles to "do a science" on comet 67P.

Since their smash hit 2012 Edinburgh Fringe show Full Frontal Nerdity, Festival of the Spoken Nerd have completed an extensive tour of the UK, filmed their first DVD which is available for pre-order now and racked up over a million views on YouTube for their experiments, songs and stand-up. As well as sell out shows all over the UK, FOTSN have performed at Shakespeare's Globe, Hammersmith Apollo (as part of Robin Ince and Brian Cox's rationalist Christmas shows), The British Library, TED and this summer they will make their Las Vegas debut at 'The Amaz!ng Meeting'.

Individually they've been busy too. Matt published his first book Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension and appeared in Discovery's You Have Been Warned and Channel 4's Mating Season. Steve has appeared on The One Show to talk about the infamous Blue/Black (or was it White/Gold?) dress, and his amazing beads (The Mould Effect) have featured in a peer reviewed journal of the Royal Society and on QI. Meanwhile, Helen has performed at CERN in Geneva and Google headquarters in California, and filmed another series of BBC2 Coast and Discovery's You Have Been Warned.

Recommended age 14+ due to strong language and graphic material.

Who are the Spoken Nerds?


- experiments guy & TV science expert - http://www.stevemould.com/
From mind-bending tricks on BBC1's Britain's Brightest to delving into our scientific heritage in ITV1's I Never Knew That About Britain, Steve describes himself as a jack of all scientific trades and master of none. He is the maker of mathematical curios, creator of illusions and writer of long and overly technical blog posts. Steve has made guest appearances on The One Show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Absolute Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live. He was also the Science Presenter on Blue Peter "back in the day" and hasn't stopped going on about it since.


- stand-up mathematician - http://www.standupmaths.com/
Possibly the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up. Matt Parker appears regularly to talk about maths on the radio and TV (Discovery's You Have Been Warned, BBC2's James May's Things You Need to Know, Channel 4's Mating Season and BBC Radio 4's More or Less) as well as being all over the internet. Matt is also the author of Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension (Penguin). His favourite number is currently 3a67a54832.


- musical comedian and geek songstress - http://helenarney.com
Thinking that she'd left her geek past behind after graduating in Physics from Imperial College, Helen proved herself wrong when she turned to writing songs inspired by science. Since touring the UK in Uncaged Monkeys with Robin Ince and Brian Cox, she's popped up on Channel 4, Radio 3, 4, 5Live and 6Music, Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience on Comedy Central, Coast on BBC2, and performed live everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe and Hammersmith Apollo to CERN in Geneva and Google's head office in California. Helen also presents science on Discovery Channel's You Have Been Warned and has filled several notebooks with rhymes for Uranus.


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Matt Parker Self
Steve Mould Self
Helen Arney Self