When: Sat., Aug. 20, 1:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 10:30 p.m., Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2011
Comedy meets science in this cerebral and family-friendly stand-up show. Tim Lee is a comedian with a Ph.D. whose become an internet sensation with more than 3 million views of his YouTube videos.
Tim Lee applies scientific concepts to real-world problems, working from a PowerPoint presentation populated by cheesy clip art and bare-boned charts and graphs. At heart, he’s more Tim Allen than super-nerd: For instance, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which holds that the more we know about the position of a particle, the less we know of its momentum, inspires Lee’s riff about TVs mounted above urinals (the more one knows about the TV, the less about the stream). Usually quite funny and original, but points off for tired Charlie Sheen and Asians-are-smart jokes, which can’t be improved upon even by modern scientific techniques. - Scott Shoger
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12