Comedian Iszi Lawrence on helping Academics use humour to make their research more accessible
“So, what do you do?” It’s the dreaded question we all get asked at parties. As a member of the self employed the question might as well be “can you justify your existence”?
I know what NOT to say. I don’t say I’m a podcaster, because then follows a tedious explanation of what a podcast actually is. I never reveal I’m a comedian: people assume I’m washed up as they’ve not Heard of me, or – worse – they ask for a free demo ... never advisable at a wake. So I do everything I can to appear as boring as possible. To keep the follow-up questions to a minimum, I usually say I am an accountant (well, I do my own tax return). I rarely include the fun aspects of my work, like teaching academics how to be funny, because I know where the conversation goes. Doctors and GPs will feel my pain, being bombarded with tales of ailments and body parts at parties before they even have a chance to take off their coats.Continue reading...
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