I like talking about science. I contribute regularly to Futureproof, the science radio show on Newstalk, and I started Bright Club Ireland because I liked the idea of a variety night where comedy, music, and ideas come together. I coordinate the programme with an amazing team, and we’ve had over 110 Bright Club events across Ireland now, plus a wonderful podcast and YouTube channel where you can catch up on past sets.

I’ve been doing comedy improv for awhile now, and I think it’s a lot of fun, a life skill, and deeply related to science. From a piece on science and improv that I wrote for The Toast:

Science is done by people, it is one way of looking at the world among many, and that means that science is inherently connected to the rest of society and culture. Both science and improv are flexible, and require a lot of willingness to adapt and experiment on the fly to make things work. And in both cases, it’s creativity and thinking outside the box that leads to the best results, whether it’s the best scene or the most groundbreaking research.

I perform improv regularly as half of Jess’s’s’s, and have done shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dublin Fringe, Galway Fringe, Improv Fest Ireland, Impro Fest UK, Hoopla Impro Fest UK & Ireland, and the Belfast Improv Festival.

Jessamyn Fairfield playing ukulele at TEDxTUM. Photo by Wade Million.

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