Save the… blobfish?

In the first of our festival interviews for 2014 we chat to our favourite “ugly animal” advocate, Simon Watt! After a run of successful shows last year, Simon is back at Glasgow Science Fesival with more clever comedy . . . 

Ugly Animal Preservation Society

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Simon Watt.  I am a biologist, writer and presenter.

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

I am bringing my Ugly Animal Preservation Society show to the festival.  It is a comedy night with a conservation twist.  Last year we ran an online election that resulted in the blobfish being crowned the world ugliest endangered animal.  We are going to get Glasgow to vote to decide its very own ugly animal mascot.

The following night I will be MCing Bright Club, the thinking persons variety night.  It promises to be a great fun.

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?

Tough one.  I love GOMA and go there everytime I am in Glasgow.

If you are near the university area then go to the Tchai-Ovna for tea and then Voltaire and Rousseau to pick up a  second hand book for a bargain.  There are friendly cats and books stacked everywhere, making it feel more like a literary fire hazard than a shop- I love it.

Favourite Scottish food and drink?

The macaroni pie.  Bizarre, delicious and probably with a lethal dose of 2.

Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.

There are more bacterial cells in and on your body than cells that make up your body.

Catch Simon at the Ugly Animal Preservation Society at The Stand on Sunday 8th June (tickets here) and Bright Club at The Admiral on Monday 9th June (tickets here).  


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