Behold, a new year and a cavalcade of new presenters for Nerd Nite NYC. Our first Nite of the year features three fun-yet-informative presentations about the meaning of nerdiness, video game holiday specials, and our first mash-up covering everything from chairs and sunken (human) chests to freezing sperm. As usual, trivia will be first so you can win stuff and brag to your friends. Tickets here:

Thursday January 12, 2023
635 Sackett Street in Park Slope/Gowanus
Trivia + Presentations $16 at 7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
Presentations-only $12 at 8:15pm (doors at 8:05pm)

Back to the Lectures At-Hand
*Presentation #1
Chairs, Chests, and Chilling Gametes: A Science Comedy Mash-Up

by Ben Miller

Description: It’s a grab bag of science comedy topics. How do you know that a chair won’t just break when you sit in it? What is pectus excavatum and what does that have to do with Abraham Lincoln? And Ben feels uncomfortable describing the last topic via text, but will hopefully overcome (no pun intended) his awkwardness on stage.

Bio: Ben Miller is an NYC based scientist turned comedian who has been performing for the past 6 years. In that time, he has performed at all the top clubs in the city such as Stand Up NY, Carolines, and The Stand. In addition, he has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, and Ithaca Comedy Festival. He also has a degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University. He’s worked with electron microscopes, been a teacher on a science bus, 3D printed cookies and diffused a few bar fights while on stage. In 2022, Ben Miller’s debut hour, Stand-Up Science, had a completely sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

*Presentation #2
Boringly Studious!?!? Never! Nerd Needs a New Definition!
by Denise Bressler, PhD

Description: The definition of nerd needs a refresher. When you google nerd you get this definition: “a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious.” Clearly, whoever wrote that is not a nerd. We all know that nerding out is an extremely positive experience in our lives. During this presentation we will examine the facets of being a nerd and how being a nerd is actually…a superpower! We’ll also generate a new and improved definition for nerd.

Bio: Denise is a child at heart. Board games, jigsaw puzzles, and stuffed animals still have prominence in her life. She also loves to play outside and just about anything goes…snowboarding, kayaking, and hiking are a few faves. But most of all, she loves to learn – she’s a nerd about learning and education. Writing her dissertation was so much fun she actually put a smiley face at the end! New skills are fun to learn too, so she recently took an aerial circus class. Flipping around and going upside down made her feel like a kid on the juggle gym! One of her greatest challenges is learning how to parent. But she has a great husband to learn with and her two kids seem to be turning out just fine.

*Presentation #3
Santa Claus is Coming to a Console Near You (But He Probably Shouldn’t): An Exploration of Video Game Christmas Specials
by Jeremy Frank

Description: We take a look at the economics, tropes, and life lessons of television Christmas adaptations of video games — and decide if Santa Claus really deserves to be Player 1.

Bio: Jeremy Frank writes funny things and posts pictures online. Follow him at @jeremyfrankly on all your favorite channels.