Ep33: Are Scientists Like Comedians? – Stuart Goldsmith

Science and comedy - long lost cousins? Image credit: Stuart Goldsmith

Science and comedy - long lost cousins? Image credit: Stuart Goldsmith

On first glance, being a scientist and a comedian are completely different things. Or are they? I put my case to Stuart Goldsmith, a stand-up comedian and host of The Comedian's Comedian Podcast.

I’m trying to answer the question: what would I be, if I could be anything? And this is the thing I’d most like to be.
— Stuart Goldsmith
Stuart Goldsmith. Image credit: Andre Pattenden

Stuart Goldsmith. Image credit: Andre Pattenden

In his show, The Comedian's Comedian Podcast, Stuart has interviewed over 170 comedians to find out about their writing process. And as a fan of the show, I've noticed some similarities between the two professions. In this episode, I put my case to Stuart to find out what he thinks.

For each industry we consider:

  • Labels - how members of each industry label themselves
  • Identity - the point at which you self-identify as a comedian or scientist
  • Currency - the credits that enable career progression
  • Creativity - how to inspire ideas 
  • Fashion - how what's in vogue influences decisions
  • Vocation - is it more than just a job?

You can find out more about Stuart's work via his website, find his show on iTunes, or follow him on Twitter.