Live recording of podcast game show You’re the Expert, March 9, 2017

The podcast series You’re the Expert, which uses comedy to make academic research more accessible, will conduct a live recording at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall on Thursday, March 9, 7:00pm. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required (details are below).

In You’re the Expert, host Chris Duffy leads a panel of comedians through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses to try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies all day.

The expert in this episode will be a member of the college’s science faculty. The comedians are Josh Sharp, Gary Richardson, and Obehi Janice. Sharp was named a “comedian to watch” by Time Out New York in 2014. Brooklyn magazine named Richardson one of “Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People.” Janice is a comedian and actress who created and stars in theshort film, Black Girl Yoga.

“Fans of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me will enjoy this presentation,” says Tom Pacio, Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator. “We’re thrilled to be hosting this show which showcases the best of how the arts and sciences can intersect in fascinating ways.”

Jose Perillan, Assistant Professor of Physics and Science, Technology and Society, echoes this sentiment. “I’m confident that Duffy and his crew of comedians will make us laugh and, in the process, help humanize science.”

You’re the Expert was created by Duffy, a standup comedian and improviser who has performed at numerous colleges and festivals. Duffy, who also hosts the program, created the program for WBUR in Boston. A former fifth grade teacher and a writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Wag's Revue, and Makeshift Magazine, Duffy is also a staff writer for National Geographic TV.

Reservations will be available beginning Monday, February 20, by visiting Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

This event is sponsored by Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD), the Asprey Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science (ACCAS), and the Henry Grillo Science Fund.


About You’re the Expert

You’re the Expert is a live show and podcast. This podcast show uses comedy to make academic research more accessible and exciting. Through game show segments and hilariously misguided guesses, a panel of comedians will try to get to the bottom of what a distinguished scientist studies all day. You won’t want to miss being part of the audience for this live show and podcast taping. You're the Expert is hosted by Chris Duffy and produced by Pretty Good Friends.

About Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD)

In 2014, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Vassar College a grant for this multi-year initiative to enhance integration of the creative arts across the college curriculum.

CAAD utilizes artist residencies, thematic programming, faculty and curricular development initiatives and student creative projects to broaden collaboration across academic disciplines.


About The Asprey Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science

The Asprey Center for Collaborative Approaches to Science fosters the development of a vibrant scientific community in which faculty engage in innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research, and students are inspired to become confident and competent scientists. The Asprey Center also fosters understanding and appreciation of science throughout Vassar College and the surrounding community.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 15, 2017