Bright Club Melbourne is just one of a now international phenomenon known as Bright Club.
Bright Club takes researchers from universities and asks them to be funny on stage with professional comedians, and often musicians, in a comedic variety night that is different to any other.
Bright Club started in May 2009 at University College, London as an experiment: what would happen if you got a bunch of interesting comedians and combined them with people who work at some of the country’s best universities?
The answer is lots of nights of very funny and very interesting entertainment.
There are now Bright Clubs across the UK, from the original in London to branches in Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Bristol to name a few. There are also now Bright Clubs in Australia. The first Sydney Bright Club was in 2012, and not to be outdone Melbourne’s starts in 2013.
If you’re still wondering what it’s all about, here are the Ten(ish) Commandments of Bright Club:
The first rule of Bright Club is that you tell all your friends about Bright Club
The second rule of Bright Club is that you TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT BRIGHT CLUB
Third rule: Everyone has to be funny
Fourth rule: Every event will be compered by a professional comedian and feature a professional comedian headline act.
Fifth rule: Every event will feature some (4 to 8) content performers, talking amusingly about the things they study, work on or know about.
Sixth rule: For most gigs content performers should be University researchers.
Seventh rule: Lots of extra points if your content performers don’t normally do this sort of thing.
Eighth rule: Time will be divided roughly equally between professionals and content performers.
Ninth rule: Anyone who won’t attend training or put in the time to write a set with jokes in can’t perform.
Tenth rule: If the audience don’t feel like they’ve come to a proper comedy night, you’re not doing it right.
Tenth and a halfth rule: If the most of audience work or study at Universities you’re not doing it right.
Ten and three-quarterth rule: If the audience AND performers don’t leave cleverer than they arrived you’re doing it wrong.
Ten and seven-eighth rule: Charge real money for people to attend. The audience will thank you for it.