I’m Helen Arney, I’m a comedan, science presenter, geek songstress and general nerd cheerleader.
What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
Several things! I’m doing my small-but-perfectly-formed-award-winning solo show “Voice of an Angle” – that’s not a typo, it’s a musical comedy hour all about maths and science. If you enjoyed that maths pun about angles, I expect the whole show will give you a large Hadron… I’m also doing a session about science communication, and a slot at Bright Club with the brilliant Simon Watt – I’m looking forward to seeing the best of Glasgow’s scientists hang up their lab coats and picking up the mic to show us their comedy chops!
When you think of Glasgow, what are the first 3 words that come to mind?
Epic. Clockwork. Orange.
If there was a zombie apocalypse, where would you hide?
At the Zoo. Surely that would be pretty far down their list of places to hunt for juicy fresh human flesh?
What’s your favourite park or nature spot in Glasgow (or elsewhere if you don’t know the city!) and why?
Last time I was in Glasgow with my partner we took a walk up the cemetery overlooking the beer factory… I can’t remember where it was or what it was called, but it felt like walking into a Neil Gaiman novel. Glasgow always seems to have a few surprises waiting for me every time I visit…
Impress us with your favourite science fact
Bees have an amazing sense of smell. Scientists have successfully trained them to sniff out drugs and explosives at airports. That’s very cool, but to be honest they are never going to replace dogs, because, well, bees just don’t have the same lifespan as a dog – you’d have to keep training up new ones all the time. And they are a lot less cute at Customs.
You can catch Helen headlining Bright Club Meets Glasgow Skeptics at The Admiral Bar on Monday 10th June, enjoy her solo show Voice of an Angle at Blackfriars on Tuesday 11th June and pick up Sci-Comm career tips at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 11th June.
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