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Comedy of Science

  • Growlers Sports Bar 1911 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN, 38104 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 a couple of our top talks from the inaugural taste of science festival and a fresh new talk. It's going to be a fun night for all!



Doors will be open at 6:30pm. Enjoy a bounty of food and drinks (both with and without alcohol) offered by the Growlers Sports Bar 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. 

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


Sex, Science, and Species Survival: How Modern Zoos Help Save the Planet



Director of Research and Conservation, Memphis Zoo

The relationship between zoos and wildlife has changed dramatically in the last century. Historically focused on profit and entertainment, zoos are now leading the charge to protect rare animals at home and abroad. Dr. Kimberly Terrell will reveal how your admission ticket to the Memphis Zoo helps save wildlife throughout the world, from Tennessee to China. Her talk will explore the science of saving species and will highlight bizarre and fascinating phenomena of the animal kingdom.

Reconstructing Extreme Weather and Climate Events



Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis.

Historical and paleoclimate data provide a valuable perspective on long-term climate. Scientists can construct long-term trends in key variables such as temperature and precipitation using these data. However, fluctuations in these variables are also important to understand. I will demonstrate how select extreme weather and climate events can be reconstructed using tree rings, early instrumental and modern observations.



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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.

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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

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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.





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