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Ben Miller's Stand-Up Science


Ben Miller's Stand-Up Science

The Three Sisters

139 Cowgate
The Wee Room: AUG 4-16, 18-28 at 12:00 (55 min) - Pay What You Can

Ben Miller's Stand-Up Science

Ben Miller has pectus excavatum. It's a medical condition, not a Harry Potter spell. Stand-Up Science is in equal measures hilarious, educational, and deeply personal. Scientist turned stand-up comedian Ben Miller takes you on a journey that explores everything from milk to the thermodynamics of refrigerators with a wit and humor that makes these topics both approachable and delightful. And you probably like that sort of thing, nerd.

Ben Miller is an NYC based comedian who has been working for the past 6 years and in that time he's performed at all the top clubs in the city such as Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, Dangerfield's, Carolines, and The Stand. He's currently ranked as the top roast battler in NYC (yes, you read that correctly a sweet boy like me can also say mean things). He also has a degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University. He's worked with electron microscopes, been a teacher on a science bus, 3D printed cookies, and diffused a few bar fights while on stage.

If you don't believe him that the show is good, here are some reviews from the greatest minds of our time:

Isaac Newton: "This guy will make you fall out of your seat and accelerate at 9.8 m/s downward with laughter. But what do I know, I've experienced repeated fruit-based head trauma."

Stephen Hawking: "Ben Miller put me in that wheelchair and honestly I'm grateful."

Marie Curie: "He just radiates funny. The show really grows on you like a cancerous tumor from radiation poisoning."

Albert Einstein: "I'd let him f*ck my wife."

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

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July 14, 2022   On The Mic


Please tell me about your 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Ben Miller’s Stand-Up Science

Thank you for asking politely, it’s a multimedia comedy show about science! I use personal stories on topics ranging from milk to thermodynamics to my musculoskeletal condition as jumping off points for comedic and scientific exploration. I also have a PowerPoint going on in the background if you get sick of looking at my face.

What is the attraction of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe?

I’m hoping to grow as a comedian and performer, but also grow another inch (2.5 cm) so I can finally be taller than my older brother. In space, your spine grows up to 3 inches (7.5 cm), but Edinburgh seemed like the easier option. I’ve never been to Edinburgh, but the pictures look nice, and the rent was so affordable, how could I resist? I am genuinely looking forward to going though!

Who inspires you?

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin because he accidentally left his petri dishes out in the lab over holiday and found that mold had grown in them. He won the Nobel Prize for being too lazy to clean his dishes. Similarly, I’m hoping that one day I can just leave a notebook out and come back to it and find that the perfect joke has spontaneously grown. And then I’ll get a Netflix special, the Nobel Prize of comedy. Just like Alexander Fleming, I’m trying to work smarter not harder.

Are there other shows you want to check out during the Fringe? What are they?

Yes, I only have 3,284 shows on my list! The 3,285th show knows what it’s done. I’m excited to see lots of NYC comics like Joey Rinaldi, Kylie Vincent, Anthony DeVito, so many more. Also, there are so many wonderful comedians that I’ve seen online, but never in person like Stewart Lee. Probably some stuff that isn’t comedy. I’ve heard they have things other than comedy shows at the Fringe.

Finally, ask and answer a question of your own.

What’s it like to be answering the last question of this interview?

First of all, great question. Whoever wrote the question probably knows lots of cool science facts and is way taller than his older brother despite what the results are when they stand back-to-back. I guess it’s bittersweet to answer the last question. We’ve learned and grown so much since the start of this interview, even though it’s over I think some part of this interview will be with me forever. We are all made of star dust, and someday stars will be made from the dust of this interview. Click Here For Article

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Ben Miller's Stand-Up Science