seriously funny

in partnership with beltane public engagement network

11,18,25 Aug | 19:30-20:30 | £5               

Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL


Spare an hour for quality comedy that educates and entertains! Comedians are joined on stage by academic researchers from Edinburgh's universities to explore local and global issues of healthcare, gender identity and current politics. Featuring Bethany Black, Daphna Baram and Ed Patrick joined by Gina Maya Roberts, Dr Eurig Scandrett and Dr Mhairi Aitken. Hosted by Eleanor Morton.

11 Aug | Bethany Black has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. In her shows she tells the story of her being transgender, chronicling everything from her coming out through her transition and eventually falling in love. Gina Maya Roberts who is currently doing her research on transgender narratives in pop culture at the University of Edinburgh will reflect on perceptions surrounding transgender people in modern society.

18 Aug | Daphna Baram is a London based, Israeli-born stand up comedian. With a  background in Human Rights Law and Journalism, she has been performing stand up comedy addressing politics and social relations. Dr Eurig Scandrett, a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology and Sociology Division with Queen Margaret University, will share his observations surrounding current events in the context of social justice and social movements. 

25 Aug | Ed Patrick, junior doctor, comedian, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year finalist 2016 and Paramount Funniest Student finalist, looks at the current state of healthcare and shares his personal stories from the ward. Dr Mhairi Aitken, a Sociologist and Research Fellow in the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, will focus on the question of using personal data instead of human organs and tissue to examine health and illness patterns.