Simon Watt is a biologist, writer, science communicator, comedian and TV presenter. He runs Ready Steady Science, a science communication company committed to making information interesting and takes science based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals. Simon also runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society which is a comedy night with a conservation twist.
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society found notoriety when it teamed up with the National Science and Engineering Competition to host an online campaign resulting in the election of the Blobfish as the ugliest animal on the planet. Simon has written a book entitled ‘The Ugly Animals: We Can’t All be Pandas’, and has contributed dozens of articles to national newspapers and websites including The Times, The Sunday Times, the Sun, The Independent and the Daily Mirror.
Simon also appears regularly on Television and radio and is perhaps best known as a presenter on the BAFTA winning documentary series Inside Nature’s Giants and the Channel 4 special The Elephant: Life After Death.
Sara Pascoe is a comedy actress, sketch performer, improviser and writer from Romford, London. She began stand-up comedy in 2007 and her critically acclaimed debut show ‘Sara Pascoe vs Her Ego’ was a sell-out in 2010. Her TV credits include the BAFTA nominated BBC2 series ‘2012’ and Channel 4’s ‘Campus’ and ‘Free Agents’.
Sara has also appeared in many popular stand-up and panel shows including Mock the Week, QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Live at the Apollo and many more. In 2014 she was crowned winner of the Chortle Breakthrough Award.
Aussie comic Bec Hill hails from Adelaide and started comedy in 2006 at the tender age of 19, when she made the national finals of the Raw new act competition. Two years later made her solo debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her show If You Can Read This My Cape Fell Off. The show won her a Critic’s Choice Award and a plethora of positive reviews, and, buoyed by success, she voyaged to the UK to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe.
Having received glorious reviews for her Edinburgh shows from the likes of Chortle and The Scotsman, Hill is now firmly based in the UK. She continues to impress on the live circuit and has set up a bi-monthly pun-based comedy night called Pun-Run, which has become a hit with seasoned comics and punters alike.
Bush and McCluskey
Writers, composers and comedians Chris Bush and Ian McCluskey met making musical theatre, but soon grew tired of actors taking all the credit and standing in the wrong places. They are responsible for such hit shows as TONY! The Blair Musical and The Loves I Haven’t Known.
Stand-up comic, radio producer and writer Dan Schreiber was born in Hong Kong, moving to Australia at age 12, and moved to the UK when he was 19. He is one of the researchers (or ‘elves’ as they are more commonly known) on the general knowledge quiz show, QI and co-created the BBC Radio 4 panel show ‘The Museum of Curiosity’. He is also a podcaster and co-host of ‘No Such Thing as a Fish’. He has contributed to a number of books including QI’s ‘The Book of General Ignorance’ and ‘G Annual’ and is a regular panellist on the E4 show ‘Dirty Digest’.
Sarah Bennetto is a stand-up comic from Melbourne, Australia, now living and performing in the UK. She has appeared on stage, radio and television as a stand-up comic and presenter, and is responsible for experimental comedy collective Storytellers’ Club.
Since living in London, Sarah regularly pops up on the radio, and hosts a radio show for WorthyFM, live from the Glastonbury Music Festival. Sarah has hosted Storytellers’ Club and performed stand-up comedy at festivals around the country. On television, she has appeared on ITV’s Take The Mic and Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums.
Elf Lyons is a stand-up comedian, writer, director and actress. She is a founder member and compere of “The Secret Comedians”, a small comedy collective which she started when studying at Bristol University, and has since transferred to East London. She is also a co-director of OddFlock, a London based theatre company made up of a group of Drama graduates from the University of Bristol. She was a Funny Women Finalist & Runner Up in 2013.
Her most unusual stage experience to date was ‘The Naked Brunch’ at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, in which both audience and comedians were nude for the entire performance.
Chris Dunford has been doing stand-up comedy for three years in Bristol and around the South West and it has been a largely disappointing and unsettling experience for the audience. During that time he has received no positive reviews and, if anything, he has become progressively less funny. When watching Chris it is important to remember that however dissatisfied, bored and uncomfortable you feel, Chris is feeling it even more so – and he has to endure this more regularly than you do. Chris lives alone. His sole hobby is lobbying to have Star Trek Enterprise recommissioned for a fifth season, even though it was cancelled over six years ago. Chris’ choice of the maned three-toed sloth as his candidate for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society is the final nail in the coffin of this heavily endangered, pointless and pathetic animal*.
* Where ‘animal’ refers to both the sloth and Chris.