Bright Club started off as an experiment:
What would happen if we got a bunch of interesting comedians and combined them with all of the fascinating people who work for one of the UK’s best Universities?
And what would happen if we did that combining on a stage, in front of an attractive and intelligent public audience?
And what if we didn’t worry about whether people were famous, or experienced, or had been on TV, and instead just picked people that we thought were brilliant at telling stories about what they know?
Bright Club started as a collaboration between comedy promoters One Green Firework, music promoters Duel in the Deep and UCL, London’s Global University.
UCL is a Beacon for Public Engagement, which means that HEFCE, the UK Research Councils and the Wellcome Trust pay the salaries of the UCL people who help to put Bright Club together.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF BRIGHT CLUB
The first rule of Bright Club is that you tell all your friends about Bright Club
The second rule of Bright Club is that you TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT BRIGHT CLUB
Third rule: Everyone has to be funny
Fourth rule: Every event will be compered by a professional comedian and feature a professional comedian headline act.
Fifth rule: Every event will feature some (4 to 8) content performers, talking amusingly about the things they study, work on or know about.
Sixth rule: For most gigs content performers should be University researchers.
Seventh rule: Lots of extra points if your content performers don’t normally do this sort of thing.
Eighth rule: Time will be divided roughly equally between professionals and content performers.
Ninth rule: Anyone who won’t attend training or put in the time to write a set with jokes in can’t perform.
Tenth rule: If the audience don’t feel like they’ve come to a proper comedy night, you’re not doing it right.
Tenth and a halfth rule: If the most of audience work or study at Universities you’re not doing it right.
Ten and three-quarterth rule: If the audience AND performers don’t leave cleverer than they arrived you’re doing it wrong.
Ten and seven-eighth rule: Charge real money for people to attend. The audience will thank you for it.