Astronaut Training

SAT // JUL 20 // 09:00PM

Space exploration crash course meets 90's Nickelodeon game show

Join hosts Corinne Caputo (author of How To Success) and Loren Grush (Space Reporter at The Verge) as they put REAL scientists and REAL comedians through the rigorous tests of Astronaut Training to see who will “win” a “trip to Mars.” Our challenges simulate those actually done by astronauts-in-training, as if they were made by a gazillionaire with too much time on their hands. Only one flight crew can emerge: come witness who will become the next great American heroes!


Erica Hernandez (Kimmy Schmidt, UCB) and Emily Rice (AMNH)


Alex Song (Tonight Show, OSFUG) and Ruth Angus (Flatiron Institute)
Doors 9:00pm / Show 9:30pm
Tickets: $10 adv / $12 door


Erica Hernandez
Erica is an actress, writer and comedian living in New York City. She's worked on a variety of TV shows, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NBC's The Brave and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as several films including Sundance breakout Brittany Runs a Marathon. She's half of the comedic duo "Los Profesores" (Spanish comedy for English speakers) who enjoyed an 8 month-long run of their show Los Profesores ¡En Vacaciones! at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She performs characters and impressions regularly around New York City, and once did her Sofia Vergara impression for Angela Bassett as part of a series for IMDB. She's appeared in several online comedy videos for College Humor, Flama, Mas Mejor and more, and co-hosted the Spanish podcast MedioGringo. She's afraid of ceiling fans.
Emily Rice

Dr. Emily Rice is an associate professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the CUNY College of Staten Island and resident research associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. She studies low mass stars, brown dwarfs (sometimes called “failed” stars), and directly-imaged exoplanets by analyzing their spectra and modeling their atmospheres. She also gives public presentations, including at the Hayden Planetarium at AMNH, produces science parody videos, organizes and hosts Astronomy on Tap events at bars in NYC, and shares astronomy-inspired fashion on the STARtorialist blog.

Alex Song
Alex is a writer, actor, and comedian in New York. She has written for shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars, and can be seen in the Adam Sandler movie, The Week Of, on Netflix. You can see her doing stand up around New York, hosting the popular variety show Asian AF, improvising on Harold Night at UCB, and writing and acting with her sketch group OSFUG.
Ruth Angus
Dr. Ruth Angus is an Assistant Curator of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History and an Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute. She combines classical astrophysics with statistics and machine learning to measure the ages of stars and planets in our galaxy. She uses these ages to demystify the formation and evolution of all planetary systems (including our own Solar system).

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