The bio-comedian

It may be hard to find the humor in biology for researchers crouched over lab benches or dozing through yet another conference presentation. What's so funny about biology? Plenty, if you ask ecologist-turned-comedian linkurl:Tim Lee,;http://www.powerpointcomedian.com/ who draws on years of formal scientific training and research experience to spin the banalities of biology into standup success. Lee features the sometimes tedious PowerPoint medium popular for presenting scientific research as his

Jef Akst
Jef Akst

Jef (an unusual nickname for Jennifer) got her master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses. After four years of diving off the Gulf...

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Jul 8, 2009
It may be hard to find the humor in biology for researchers crouched over lab benches or dozing through yet another conference presentation. What's so funny about biology? Plenty, if you ask ecologist-turned-comedian linkurl:Tim Lee,;http://www.powerpointcomedian.com/ who draws on years of formal scientific training and research experience to spin the banalities of biology into standup success. Lee features the sometimes tedious PowerPoint medium popular for presenting scientific research as his main comedic prop.
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"I think the concept of combining the PowerPoint with comedy is long overdue," says linkurl:Jay Barlow,;http://swfsc.noaa.gov/staff.aspx?id=803 a marine mammal biologist at Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) in La Jolla CA and Lee's former supervisor. "He melds the two wonderfully." Lee's first foray into comedy occurred in 2002 when a laundromat in San Francisco hosted an open mic night. Lee "had very high hopes but very little expectations" for his comedic debut, and it went okay,...




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