Fresh from the Edinburgh festival and in one members case, fresh from a honeymoon, the Festival of the Spoken Nerd are taking their critically acclaimed show around the UK, playing 30 dates to 10,000 people. I was lucky enough to see them on their opening night at the wonderful Bloomsbury Theatre.
This was the second time I’ve seen this show, and it has matured and developed since the first. For a start, it is now 2 hours long, and includes an interval with countdown spreadsheet!
The show retains all of the nerd aesthetics seen in Edinburgh, which also means a lot of the same jokes and quips which seemed so off the cuff the first time round. This does not detract from the overall experience as they were exceptionally funny the first time, and still catch you off guard the second.
It can be hard to believe that jokes about spreadsheets, spreadsheets about jokes, gravity pulling beads out of a jar and songs on the topic of synesthesia could be entertaining, yet Arney, Mould and Parker managed to have the audience in hysterics from start to finish. They even had a captive audience when explaining the science behind running 240volts through a pickle to excite the sodium molecules. Although hard to categorise, I think it is best to see Full Frontal Nerdity as a science lesson delivered by comedians. Funny, but informative.
The chemistry between the three (oh yeah, science reference!) is incredible, and their stage presence remains relaxed and inviting. At points they did seem slightly nervous, although that is to be expected when it is their first night of the tour, and they are performing in a 500 seater venue. Even with nerves seeping slightly, they still performed above and beyond what was seen in Edinburgh, making this a show you should endeavour to see if you have even the smallest interest in science or maths. If you have no science or mathematical background you definitely should go as the trio will ingratiate you with their charming and subtle sense of humour, and demonstrate that there is a place for you on the spectrum of Nerd.
Click here to read the original review for the Edinburgh edition of their show.