Sarah Singleton takes a look at some geeky comedy

SCIENCE comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd will bring their unique brand of geeky entertainment to the Wyvern Theatre on November 1, with a show called You Can’t Polish A Nerd.

Dubbed a “resplendently geeky trio” by The Times, they put the oooh into zoology, the fun into fundamental theorem of calculus and the recursion into recursion.

In their Swindon performance you will find a veritable Periodic Table of new science, songs, and spreadsheets to tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner.

Made up of experiments guy Steve Mould, geek songstress Helen Arney and stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, Festival of the Spoken Nerd has featured on BBC radio and television, and played the Hammersmith Apollo with Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

Steve and Helen have also written their first science comedy book – The Element in the Room: Scienc-y Stuff Staring You In The Face – which was released in October.

The nerds tell us anyone can enjoy the show.

“Our audience range across the full spectrum of nerdiness, from hardcore programmers who are fluent in binary, to people who just like watching the Big Bang Theory – and everyone in between,” they said.

“It’s an entirely new show – a lot of our audience come to every show we do so it has to be. Matt uses mathematics and geometry to high-five himself in to another dimension.

“Steve creates a genuinely profound visual way to understand the ungraspable concept of black holes and gravitational waves, using an electric drill, some roller skates and a sheet of latex.

“Don’t ask why he had those things just lying around at home.

“And Helen has a very funny song about bananas.”

Beginning at 7.30pm, the show contains scenes of multiple recursion and is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets are between £17.50 and £21. To book, call 01793 524481 or visit