Last weekend I was lucky enough to catch a performance of Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People (sometimes known as Nerdstock), which is an annual humanist jamboree/benefit (for the Rationalist Association) based mostly around comedy and science. "It’s not about having a go at religion" says Robin Ince, the founder "– it’s a proper celebration; of the Big Bang, of evolution theory and of comedy."
Okay, so there was a bit of having a go at religion. Also at dumb-ass thinking and
The lineup changes a bit over the week's sellout run, but on the night we went we saw, among others, the following free-thinking geek-totty:
Dr Ben Goldacre, whose blog Bad Science is a must.
Simon Singh, astro-physicist, who did something fairly surprising with a gherkin.
Richard Wiseman, psychologist and amateur magician, author of the mind-boggling Quirkology
Chris Addison - sweary, hyperactive and very funny
Robin Ince (compere, right) - I've seen him on tour earlier this year and he is one of my favourite stand-ups, although so in my liberal-left-green comic-geek 40-something book-loving comfort zone that it's a bit sad really.
Mitch Benn - the BBC song guy! Yay! He was great!
Baba Brinkman, rapper:
It was just the best evening out. I want to go next year! Although, if I did believe in God, it would give me someone to blame for the fact that my boiler stopped working last night...