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Up coming events- SMASHFEST, NI Science Fest and more

I have a busy few weeks ahead, with a fair few events open for one and all to come to.

16/02/15- I will be performing at SMASHFEST at the Albany Theatre all day including the Ugly Animal Ark and at the End of the World Cabaret.

I am off to the first Northern Ireland Science Festival for a ton of events.

19/02/15- I’ll be hosting Bright Club Belfast, a night of science based comedy at The Black Box.

20/02/15 – The Ugly Animal Roadshow is coming to Belfast at 2pm in the Black Box.

21/02/15- I will be performing my history of medicine panto, Dr Death and the MediEvil Medicine show at W5 as part of a day of activities accompanying the bodyworks exhibition.

22/02/15- I’ll be giving a lecture on the evolution of death, Why We Die at 3pm the Black Box.

25/02/15- I will be talking about the Science of Sex in the Flight Gallery of the Science Museum at the Science Museum Lates.

05/03/15- I’ll be performing The Ugly Animal Roadshow at the Cokethorpe school at 6pm as part of Oxfordshire Science Festival.

11/03/15- I’ll be giving a talk on the Science of Sex at MOSI (the Museum of Science and Industry).

Plenty more after that, but that will do for now.

The Ugly Animals come to the Natural History Museum

The ugly animals need our help!

I shall be celebrating earth’s less attractive creatures in the fantastic Attenborough Studio of the Natural History Museum  on Friday, 28th November, from 2.30 – 3.00 pm as part of their daily live science series, Nature Live.  This is a family session, suitable for children aged 7 and over.

I shall be signing copies of my book “The Ugly Animals – We Can’t All be Pandas” after the session.


A big thank you to the British Council and all our amazing audiences in Washington DC.

Last week I took the Ugly Animal Roadshow, a family show about conservation, for its first outing in the USA.  The British Council booked it in for performances through the Euro Kids Festival, including dates at the amazing Kennedy Center and the Ronald Reagan World Trade Center as well as at local schools in the DC area.  It was tremendous fun and it was terrific having the chance to share my love of ugly animals with over 2000 more people.

The Ugly Animal Roadshow in a Washington DC school

The Ugly Animal Roadshow in a Washington DC school

My book is out and upcoming comedy gigs

Hi everyone,

I have been really neglecting this site as it has been such a busy couple of months.

So first off…. My new book is out!  The Ugly Animals- We Can’t All be Pandas is available in all good bookshops.

The untold stories of 60 ugly endangered species.

The untold stories of 60 ugly endangered species.

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society has a few of our biggest and best gigs coming up including-

Simon Watt’s Frogs and Friends- Feat Iszi Lawrence and Helen Arney on the 10th September in Birmingham as part of the British Science Festival.

Simon Watt’s Frogs and Friends double heading with the marvellous Helen Arney on 21st September at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen as part of Techfest.

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society at Edinburgh Zoo on Friday 3rd October.

Stand Up For Ugly Animals at Bristol Colston Hall on Wed 22nd October- Featuring Sara Pascoe, Dan Schrieber, Bec Hill and Sarah Bennetto, Chris Dunford and Elf Lyons.

We have recently had some most excellent gigs at Wilderness festival and Greenman too.  A great time was had by all and the Ugly Animal Roadshow continues to tour children’s and family events around the country too including gigs at The National Media Museum on Sat 13th September (where I will also be performing Dissections Uncut).  I am really excited to be taking it to the USA for a week of performances in November.

There are a few other events that I am particularly looking forward to as well including:

Zed list Dead list on Sunday 14th September at the Camden Head London

Joining The Festival of the Spoken Nerd at Gravity Fields on Friday 26th September

and curating  Science Show Off on 16th of December

Edinburgh Science Festival

I really looking forward in taking part in the Edinburgh Science Festival again this year.  Here is what I will be busy doing.

Tuesday 15th April- Edinburgh Science Festival Simon Watt’s Frogs and Friends.- This is the first full length performance of my new Ugly Animal Based comedy show.

Wednesday 16th  and Thursday 17th  April- Edinburgh Science Festival- Cracking the Code–  A family show about genetics.

Thursday 17th April- Edinburgh Science Festival- Sperm Warfare.

The Infinite Monkey Cage and Bacon’s Theory- December Radio

I will be doing quite a bit of radio this month.  This includes-

9/12/13 I will be back on the Richard Bacon Show on BBC Radio 5 Live discussing breaking science news with Richard and Kevin Fong.

9/12/13 I will be recording with BBC Radio 4’s fantastic science comedy show hosted by Prof Brian Cox and Robin Ince, “The Infinite Monkey Cage“.   Check out the pod cast for bonus material.  The studio audience elected the Tonkin snubnosed monkey as the shows Ugly Animal Mascot.

30/12/13 I will be back on the Richard Bacon Show on BBC Radio 5 Live discussing breaking science news for the last Bacon’s Theory of the year.

A string of new science comedy dates

Simon Watt has a string of new sciencey comedy performances on the way.

26-28 September – Simon will be joining Helen Arney and Helen Keen for a tiny tour of Norway as part of  Norwegian Researcher Week (Forskningsdagene), Trondheim & Oslo.

30 September- Simon will be joining Helen Arney, Jonny Berliner and Tom Goodcliffe at an event for Imperial College London’s fresher’s week.

19 October- Dinosnores at the Natural History Museum, London.

23 October- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society will be performing at the Book Club, Shoreditch London-  Line up- Simon Watt, Sarah Bennetto, Steve Mould, Jonny Berliner, Martin Crosser and Helen Arney.

22 November- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society will be performing at the Natural History Museum-  Line up- Simon Watt, Helen Arney, Steve Cross, Rob Wells, Suzi Ruffell, Lindsay Sharman, Lawrence Owen and Erica McAlistar.  

24 November- Frogs! (and friends) at the Book Club, Shoreditch London.  Simon Watt has a new solo comedy show in development.  You can see a a work in progress showing here.  He has invited some of his friends from the Ugly Animal Preservation Society to join him here to try out some new material in a friendly atmosphere here. Tickets available soon.

2 December- Zed List Dead List at the Monarch Bar, London.

10 December- In the Geek Midwinter, Reading.

17 December- Robin Ince’s Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, London.

28 December- Dinosnores at the Natural History Museum, London.