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2017- January, February and beyond….

Hi everyone.

One of my New Year’s resolutions had been to update my website a bit more often.  I have broken that one already……

So here is what I have going on.

If you want to keep abreast or what I am doing, it might be easier to follow me on Twitter

And/or my other twitter accounts for Level Up Human and Ugly Animal.

Keep your eyes peeled, I have some good news coming on 24th January.

I think The Rocketteers is still being repeated on RTEjnr at the moment so if you are in Ireland and have kids with an interest in space, then check it out.

Wednesday 11/01/17 A new episode of Level Up Human is out with me, the tremendous comedian Neil Delamere, rocket scientist David McKeown and medic and TV presenter Lara Dungan.

25/01/17 We will release Ep 20 of Level Up Human- Subscribe now.  This episode will be from Oxfordshire Science Festival

Thursday 26/01/17 The Ugly Animal Preservation Society has a gig at the Croydon Comedy Festival at the Spreadeagle.

Thursday 02/02/17 I will be MCing the Sheffield Famelab heat.

Wednesday 08/02/16 We will be releasing another episode of Level Up Human.  This one was recorded at the Albany theatre for Smashfest with Dan Schrieber, Prof Sophie Scott and Frank Swain.

Saturday 11/02/17  I will be at Brighton Science Festival performing my history of medicine panto- Dr Death and the Medi-Evil Medicine Show.

16-17/02/17 I will be at SMASHFEST at the Albany Theatre in Deptford.

18-20/02/17  I will be at the Northern Ireland Science Festival

Saturday 18th– Belfast- Cracking the Code

Sunday 19th– Derry – The Ugly Animal Roadshow 

Monday20th Belfast – The Real Urban Jungle 

Friday 24/02/16 – I will be MCing Bright Club Southampton

Tuesday 28/02/16 – I will be joining the ever-brilliant Festival of the Spoken Nerd for an Evening of Unnecessary Detail at The Backyard Comedy Club.  

Then in March, I have a lot on but here are some highlights to get in the diary

Thursday 16/03/17 – Cambridge Science Festival at the Wellcome Genome Campus with Samantha Baines.

Wednesday 22/03/17 – Stand Up Human! A live comedy night featuring some of our favourite contributors from previous shows and a show case for new pitches! 

Wednesday 29/03/17 – Royal Society special at the Science Museum with Paul Sinha.

Upcoming public shows etc

I really never update this often enough.  Anyway, here is a small portion of what I have coming up over the next few months.

There is plenty more besides but these are the ones that I know are open to the general public.

11/02/16- Trying some new stand up material at the Freedom Fridge, Rose&Crown, Kentish Town.

15/02/16- Tentacular Spectacular at Brighton Sci Fest.  An evening spent talking about the joy of cephalopods.

17/02/16- Level Up Human at Brighton Science Fest.  Live recording of my new podcast series.  This time with Robin Ince, Kat Arney and Jules Howard.

18-20/02/16- Various performances at Smashfest, including Dr Death and the Medi-Evil Medicine Show,  Cracking the Code and the Ugly Animal Roadshow.  All the events take place at the Albany Theatre, Deptford

20/02/16- Level Up Human at Smashfest.  Live recording of my new podcast series.  This time with Dan Schrieber, Sophie Scott and Frank Swain.

24/02/16-The SciComm Cabaret as part of NI science festival.

25/02/16- Level Up Human at the NI Science Festival.  This time with Helen Arney, Matthew Collins, Lorcan McGrane, Tony Bjourson, Shane McKee and other great guests.

26/02/16- The Ugly Animal Roadshow at Titanic Belfast.

27/02/16- Dissections Uncut at Titanic Belfast.

05/03/16- The Ugly Animal Roadshow will be at the Royal Holloway Science Festival.

11/03/16- Level Up Human will be at the Royal Institution Lates with Amy Howerska, James Logan and Timandra Harkness.

17/03/16- Doing stand up (probably about bats, not quite decided yet) at the Royal Veterinary College Lates.

29/03/16- An Evening of Unnecessary Detail  – doing some comedy with Festival of the Spoke Nerd and friends.

07-8/04/16-  The Ugly Animal Roadshow at the Edinburgh Science Festival.

07/04/16- Level Up Human at Edinburgh Science Festival.  Live recording of my new podcast series.  This time with Susan Morrison and Aubrey de Grey.

08/04/16- Death on Earth, Adventures in Evolution and Mortality at the Edinburgh Science Festival.  I’m teaming up with Jules Howard for this.

A whole host of Ugly Animal gigs coming up!

There are a whole host of Ugly Animal gigs coming up including at Cheltenham Science Festival, Rap Battles and at the Camden Fringe.

06/06/15- The Ugly Animal Road Show (family show) will be at the Cheltenham Science Festival

18/07/15- The Ugly Animal Rap Battle at the New Cross Inn.  Tickets available soon.

11/08/15- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, New Material Night will be at The Book Club, London.

10, 12,14,15,16,/08/15- Simon Watt’s Frogs and Friends.  Camden Head at 6:30pm. Tickets- £5

22/09/15- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, New Material Night will be at The Book Club, London.

13/10/15- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, New Material Night will be at The Book Club, London.

Simon Watt's Frogs and Friends at the Camden Fringe

Simon Watt’s Frogs and Friends at the Camden Fringe

Up coming events- Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Famelab and more

Hi everyone,

I have a fair few public events coming up including a lot of festivals and other events.  Really can’t wait!

Simon

13-14/04/15- The Ugly Animal Road Show (family show) and Dr Death and the Medi-Evil Medicine Show will be at the Edinburgh Science Festival.

21/04/15-  I will be performing at Science Show Off with Neil Denny, Steve Cross, Helen Scales, Helen Keen, Dan Schrieber and more at the Star of Kings, London.

22/04/15- I will be judging the FameLab UK Final at the Bloomsbury theatre.

9-10/05/15- The Ugly Animal Road Show (family show) will be at the Imperial Festival, London

01/05/15- My book The “Ugly Animals- We Can’t All be Pandas” will be released in the USA on this day.  It is already out in the UK.

14/05/15- My book The “Ugly Animals- We Can’t All be Pandas” will be released in Bulgaria on this day.  It is already out in the UK.

15/05/15- The Ugly Animal Road Show (family show) will be at the Sofia Science Festival, Bulgaria

15/05/15- Simon Watts Frogs and Friends (adult show) will be at the Sofia Science Festival, Bulgaria

17/05/15- Sofia’s Ugly Animal Challenge (adult show) will be at the Sofia Science Festival, Bulgaria

28/05/15- We will be recording an episode of our new podcast series “Level Up Human” at University College London.

30/05/15- The Ugly Animal Road Show (family show) will be at May Festival, Aberdeen and hosting the thinking persons comedy club, Bright Club Aberdeen.

04/06/15- I will be performing my Cracking the Code lecture at the Cheltenham Science Festival.

06/06/15- The Ugly Animal Road Show (family show) will be at the Cheltenham Science Festival

07/06/15- I will be talking at Penguins, Narwhals and Other Really Cool Animals at the Cheltenham Science Festival with Lucy Cooke and Rory Wilson.

25-27/06/15- I’ll be at the Lancashire Science Festival

11/08/15- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, New Material Night will be at The Book Club, London.

22/09/15- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, New Material Night will be at The Book Club, London.

13/10/15- The Ugly Animal Preservation Society, New Material Night will be at The Book Club, London.

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

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.