Science? They’re having a laugh on tour

It might seem rather a dry subject to base a comedy career around. For Mark Stevenson, however, science is providing some rich pickings which audiences around the country are delighting in.

It might seem rather a dry subject to base a comedy career around.

For Mark Stevenson, however, science is providing some rich pickings which audiences around the country are delighting in.

He returns to Norwich tomorrow, Tuesday, to host a Have I Got Carbon for You? event at the arts centre in St Benedict's.

Based on the popular television programme Have I Got News for You? it encourages people to think about carbon reduction but without the standard lectures on climate change.


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“There is a lot of very funny stuff in science,” said Mr Stevenson, who gave up a job in IT to follow his dreams of performing stand-up and writing for television.

“I have always believed that scientists do an incredibly important job but a lot of people preach to the converted. I think if you really want to convert people you need to go to the public.”

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Equally at home in a comedy club as at the Science Museum (where he has worked on events about the science of laughter, the science of anti-social behaviour and the science of moods) his take on the world is one of a kind.

Within his first year as a comic Mr Stevenson, who performed at last year's prestigious BA Festival of Science in Norwich, has supported Arthur Smith, Mark Steele and Tony Hawks.

“Science is a rich mine of comic material and a lot of fun stuff,” he said.

Have I got Carbon for You? features a panel including Matt Prescott, Carbonlimited director, Irene Lorenzoni, from UEA, and Juliet Davenport, from Good Energy.

“Telling people we are all going to die or talking about the “tipping point” is not inspiring,” said Mr Stevenson.

“I think it is important that it is not all doom and gloom. The point is to make it accessible and that's what we are trying to do with Have I Got Carbon for You?”

The event, organised by Anti-Apathy and the RSA East of England, runs from 6.30 - 9.30pm. Tickets cost £4 (£3 concession) in advance and £5 (£4 concession) on the door and can be booked at www.norwichartscentre.co.uk or by calling 01603 660352.

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