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Comedy of Science: Round II, the Biotech Experience

  • Belle Tavern 117 Barboro Alley Memphis, TN, 38103 United States (map)

Laughter and learning packed into one evening hosted by taste of science Memphis

Bringing out Mark Brimble, one of Memphis Flyers' "20<30: The Class of 2017" to host an extra special event that really just screams him name, given he is a scientist and a comedian!

Join us to laugh along with some of the cities funniest comedians as we hear from Dr Isaac Rodriguez (Co-Founder and CSO of SweetBio) and James Bell (President, Medical Device Guru, LLC) talk about the world of small biotech companies in Memphis and what they're bringing to the table.



Doors will be open at 6:30pm. Enjoy a bounty of food and drinks (both with and without alcohol) at Belle Tavern while chatting with new friends.


Following a brief introduction to taste of science and thanks to our sponsors, we will hear from each of our speakers intermingled with some comic relief with plenty of time between for questions and refills. 

To be advised, it is hard to censor comics, so a hard NC17 rating is suggested for this event due to language.

Seating is limited; only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

If you make the risk, bring a piece of swag (i.e., a taste of science coaster or a pint glass) from an earlier event for $1 off the entry.



Dr Isaac Rodriguez

Co-Founder and CSO of SweetBio

Dr. Rodriguez’s dissertation was dedicated to this technology and he has the science expertise to lead efforts towards product development. With years of biomedical experience along with leadership experience with statewide community development programs, Isaac is the SweetBio Chief Science Officer responsible for  the lab and clinical research, publication, regulatory and product development segments of the business. Email and connect with Isaac.

The Future of Medicine


James Bell, MBA

President, Medical Device Guru, LLC | Medical Devices & Digital Health | Commercialization, Operations & Leadership

Not so long ago, most of us may not have imagined paralyzed people using exoskeletons to walk again, robots helping the elderly age in place, personalizing medicine through genetics, diagnosing infections and delivering antibiotics to wounds without human intervention, or printing organs for transplant. Healthcare is starting to sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but it’s real. It’s coming. Some of it is here now, and you’re getting a sneak peek at it.




Mark Brimble

Your host for this evening blend of science and comedy bridges the divide himself. Part of the 20<30 class of 2017, as awarded by the Memphis flyer, Mark is currently a PhD candidate at University College London, specialising in haemophilia gene therapy at St Jude. He also runs the monthly comedy showcase 'drafts and laughs' at Memphis Made Brewing with his comedy troupe the comma comedians, and hosts a science communication podcast called 'Dr Heckle' on the OAM network based out of crosstown concourse.


Charley McMullen

A comedian/writer/actor/filmmaker/comic book artist originally from Colorado. In his time in the business, he's performed stand up all over the country, worked on multiple film projects and published two comic strips. 

McMullen's trademark "frustrated absurdist" style on stage has been resonating with critics and audiences alike, particularly since moving to Memphis, TN, where he quickly became the all-time champion of the infamous You Look Like A Comedy Show, the bluff city's unique take on the roast battle.

Called "playfully obscene" by his peers, to laugh at Charley McMullen is to get something really worth getting.


Ross Turner

A New York native and an Atlanta transplant, Ross Turner has been performing stand up for 3 years in Memphis. Brash, uncut, and mostly ridiculous, he’s been a feature opener for Comedy Central’s Kyle Kinane, a “You Look Like” Roast Champion, and featured on many Memphis Comedy showcases. Between Ross’ family stories, political humor, and social observations, he will most assuredly make you question your sanity, and positively his own. He is also a Radio DJ for 98.1 the max


Shornima KC

Shornima KC was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and moved to Atlanta when she was 12. She goes by KC because it is more palatable and easier to spell than her first name. Last year, she moved to Memphis to become a teacher and started her stand up career largely to have an outlet for the jokes she cannot make in front of her students. In praise of her performance, people have said, “Her English is getting better”. She can be seen performing and opening for headliners around town, and was featured on the You Look Like web series.



Meet our hosts...



I am originally from Chicago, went to school in Michigan and Texas and now I am a postdoc at St Jude




Avid cyclist, passionate microbiologist, and proud Memphis transplant, I enjoy bridging people and communities together. 

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