> Nerd Nite No. 76: Comic Book Sidekick Jack Monroe, 1969’s Hurricane Camille, Joke-Telling Robot, Plus the Return of SKELETOR!

Nerd Nite No. 76: Comic Book Sidekick Jack Monroe, 1969’s Hurricane Camille, Joke-Telling Robot, Plus the Return of SKELETOR!

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Okay nerds, July is upon us and we have one of the greatest lineups ever for you! Check it out:

Glen Tickle: “Knock Knock, Who’s There? A Robot That Tells Jokes”

Comedian Glen Tickle programmed his daughter’s toy robot Mr. Toyboto to tell jokes and to generate his own original knock knock jokes using a deep learning neural network. The results are bananas.

Bio: Glen Tickle is a writer and comedian who focuses on doing dumb things like making a robot tell jokes or playing the violin bad. He can be heard on SiriusXM and his work has been all over the internet. Glen also runs Nerd Nite Bethlehem, and his debut comedy album Yes, Really debuted at #13 on the Billboard Comedy Album Charts. He’s nice, you’ll like him.

Emma Paras – “Hurricane Camille of 1969”

In this talk, Emma will be giving an overview of her favorite natural disaster, 1969’s Hurricane Camille. She’ll be talking about three things that make this storm particularly interesting as well as the impact it had on emergency management and risk communication as they’re known today!

Bio: Emma Paras is the Senior Emergency Preparedness Planner at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her background is in Emergency Management & Homeland Security, and Public Health. I’ve worked in a variety of emergency management roles including as a paramedic, municipal emergency management, and international emergency management with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Ian Chant will discuss Marvel Comics sidekick Jack Monroe.

In the world of comics, there’s only one job more hazardous than being a superhero’s arch-nemesis—being their sidekick. And while plenty of sidekicks have had it rough, there’s maybe no better cautionary tale about living in a superhero’s shadow than the story of Jack Monroe. Ian Chant recounts the life, times, and ignominious death of a kid who just wanted to help Captain America and was rewarded with several lifetimes worth of troubles.

Bio: Ian Chant is a writer, science journalist, and shameless fanboy whose work can be found in the pages of Popular Science, Nautilus, Scientific American, and pretty much any other publication that will cut him a check. You can also listen to him tell weird stories about animals every month on the podcast Menagerie.


Our returning entertainment for the night is the one, the only SKELETOR. Eternia’s master of evil will be performing some new songs and joined by our own Chris Cummins for a look at the literary classic Letters to E.T.

You won’t want to miss this one. Spread the word, and check out our Facebook event page.

The details:
Doors open at 4pm. Show at 7:30pm. We recommend you get there early to ensure getting a good seat!
$5 (cash only, there is an ATM on the premises and a Wells Fargo around the corner)
Wednesday, July 7th.
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue


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