The Story Collider is headed back to Los Angeles and bringing its unique science spin on storytelling. The Story Collider’s mission is to bring true, personal stories about science to life. The idea is that everyone’s life is touched by science in some way and that we all have a story about its singular effect. The show showcases all kinds of storytellers – researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious. They’re all true and all very personal.
The upcoming L.A. show is at 8pm, May 15th at The Lyric Hyperion, The theme of the evening is Insights and the line up is, as always, spectacular and boasts men and women from the worlds of science and entertainment.
The evening will feature the stories from:
BRIAN BRADLEY: Brian started writing because he couldn’t draw. At first he wanted to be a poet, but he quickly discovered that poems are pretty difficult. Next, he tried dramatic stage plays, but the results were kind of embarrassing. Finally, he gave up and started writing television for shows like MadTV, Scrubs and Happy Endings. He co-created for television Uncle Buck for ABC and is the writer/producer of a number of TV pilots he’s very proud to have been paid for, but that you will probably never see. He’s very pleased to have a chance to share a story for Story Collider and he still can’t draw.
SETH COTTRELL: Seth’s PhD in mathematics from the Courant Institute at NYU. His research is in quantum information and he teaches at Southwestern College in San Diego. For ten years, Seth has talked to complete strangers about math and physics and written about it at askamathematician.com. His new book is “Do Colors Exist?: And Other Profound Questions.”
VE MAGNI: Ve is a writer, editor, activist, and all-around polymath from mostly Los Angeles, but also a lot of other places. She has studied five languages and invented one, and when she’s not working as a hired word-assassin for translated text, her linguistic talents contribute to a crippling inability to edit her own science fiction novel without needing to scream into a pillow. Her cats, Zaphod and Beeble, are absolutely useless assistants, but they do help her procrastinate, which is an essential part of the writing process. Ve has also been a fashion model, rock musician, cabaret performer, comedian, actor, visual/performance artist and clown. She also knows how to fly an airplane, and is pretty dang proud of it.
EMILY SIKKING: Born and raised in Los Angeles, Emily Sikking was educated on the East Coast at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. for undergraduate and George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC, and she trained in obstetrics and gynecology at New England Medical Center in Boston. She has been practicing general obstetrics and gynecology for 16 years and is currently in private practice in Santa Monica.
RILEY SILVERMAN: Highlighted by VICE for her “wry observational comedy, radical openness, and casually inviting demeanor,” Riley Silverman has been seen on Take My Wife, Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and headlining 2017’s Portland Queer Comedy Festival and the All Jane Comedy Festival. Her debut comedy album, Intimate Apparel, was a #1 best seller on Amazon. Riley is the head writer for the International Waters comedy panel show podcast, was a body diversity model for the fashion brand ModCloth, and was listed as one of 100 Queer Women We Love by GO Magazine, and “10 Women Comedians Who Smash the Patriarchy” by The Culture Trip.
AUDREY KEARNS: Audrey Kearns is a writer, actor and producer. She founded the influential pop culture website, Geek Girl Authority for which she is editor-in-chief. She hosts and produces the podcasts Booze and Phasers, Kneel Before Aud and 5 Truths and a Lie. She also wrote, produced and acted in the successful one-person comedy Obsessively Okay which somehow managed to combine her battles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with her love for Star Trek cosplay. If that’s not nerdy enough for you, then just ask her to show you the two separate inhalers she carries with her at all times.
JOSEPH SCRIMSHAW: Joseph Scrimshaw is a comedian and writer once described by a fan on Twitter as “geek flavored.” Joseph has written for Adult Swim, Screen Junkies, Comic-Con HQ, and RiffTrax, Joseph has also written and performed for the public radio show Wits, the satirical news show WTFark, and more. As a comedian, Joseph has performed stand-up, sketch, and improv at the SF SketchFest, Jonathan Coulton’s JoCoCruise, appeared on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop, as well as conventions, bars, and festivals all over the country. His comedy album, Flaw Fest, was released in November 2013. John Hodgman calls it “very funny.” For more info, visit Joseph’s website, here.
Don’t miss out on this truly one of a kind and fun storytelling experience!
WHERE: Lyric Hyperion, 2106 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027
WHEN: 8 pm (7:30 doors) Tuesday, May 15th
HOW MUCH: $10 in advance or at the door Reservations encouraged. Buy in advance, here.
Don’t live in Los Angeles? See if The Story Collider has show where you live, check storycollider.org for more information.