Last night, I got to see a show by Chris Hardwick of Nerdist fame. It was one of the best nights of stand-up comedy I’ve seen in a while, but more pertinent was how he infused his routine with bits of math and skepticism. He had a bit lamenting the surge in ghost-hunting shows on television and at one point sang the numerals of pi to 30 places as he danced seductively over a young woman in the audience.
But I don’t think anything will beat the joy I experienced when I went to Second City for my first time and witnessed a skit involving two parents sitting in a pediatrician’s waiting room. One parent asks the other what he’s there for, and he explains that his child has measles. The first parent opens her mouth to speak, and he interrupts her: “Isn’t there a vaccine for measles? Yes. Why didn’t my child get the vaccine? Because my wife believes Jenny McCarthy and thinks that vaccines cause autism, even though every peer-reviewed medical study says otherwise.” It went on from there. I cheered my head off when it was over (never mind that I was the only one cheering).
Who are some of your favorite critically minded comedians? Heard any good skeptical jokes recently? Why aren’t there any good jokes about skeptics?
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