Test Tube Comedy with Raj Sivaraman

SUN // DEC 01
Are you a comedy fan and have you ever wondered “why is this making laugh?” Are you a science fan and want to do a little science but don’t have the grant money or PhD to do it? Well Test Tube Comedy is your answer. As a comedian and scientist, Raj Sivaraman will try to answer big questions about comedy using even bigger experiments! Questions like “Can jokes help us learn better?” “Does racial humor make us more racist?” and “How can you find love through laughter?” will be answered using good old-fashioned science.
This month, we will be looking at whether racial humor makes people more racist, featuring standup from Courtney Fearrington and Shalewa Sharpe, hosted by Andrea Jones-Rooy and featuring all the racial humor science a journal subscription can buy.
With Test Tube Comedy, you can learn a little about science and a lot about laughter.
Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $5 in advance, $5 at the door.
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
REFUND POLICY: Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.
Courtney Fearrington is a New York based comedian that has already shown he has the ability to make any group of people laugh. His style of comedy crosses boundaries and touches on a variety of topics. Courtney has quickly become a fixture on the comedy scene with his likable personality and quick wit. He has been featured at comedy clubs and festivals all over the country, including the Bentzen Ball festival. Along with touring, he has been heard on Sirius XM, syndicated radio, and has worked with comics from HBO, The Daily Show, Comedy Central, MTV, SNL, and many more.
Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D., is a professor, circus performer, standup comedian, and diversity consultant. She earned a Ph.D. in political science and complex systems at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has taught at Carnegie Mellon, NYU Shanghai, and NYU, where she is currently their Director of Undergraduate study and teaches their flagship course, Data Science for Everyone. Andrea has also conducted research for FiveThirtyEight, the Santa Fe Institute, and many (many) companies on data science, social science, and diversity. This recent New York Post video about her sums up the whole thing pretty well.
Shalewa Sharpe tells jokes. She developed her sly yet goofy style in Atlanta, where she was raised. Currently based in Brooklyn, she has joked on so many shows, festivals, and podcasts that in 2017 Time Out NY labeled her a “local fixture.” She has joked on HBO’s “2 Dope Queens” and Comedy Central’s “The New Negroes.” She got serious while playing the role of Yvette in John Cameron Mitchell's musical podcast "Anthem: Homunculus," but then she went right back to joking in her solo show, “Don’t Reach In The Bag.” She has two albums of jokes: “Stay Eating Cookies” (2016) and “So You Just Out Here?” (2019). She posts jokes on Twitter (@silkyjumbo) and questionable self portraits on Instagram (@silkyjumbo).
Raj Sivaraman is a writer, comedian, and unfunded research scientist. He has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Jeopardy!, and has performed in comedy festivals around the country and presented his research at just as many science conferences around the world. His 2012 sketch album “In Case of Emergency” is available in several boxes under his bed.
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