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"Harnessing a sharp comedy sensibility to an arsenal of fascinating facts, she's a treat for anyone who matches a sense of humour with an inquiring mind." The Guardian

Helen Keen is an award winning comedy writer and performer. She began her career by winning the first Channel 4 New Comedy Writing prize, and wrote material for various established tv and radio shows. As a performer she toured the country with Robin Ince and Prof. Brian Cox as a guest of the Uncaged Monkeys (the live version of Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage which she has also appeared on several times). Helen was later appointed the first Comedian in Residence at Newcastle University's Centre for Life Science Village.

In August 2013 she compered the first ever live comedy night at CERN, Large Hadron Comedy, the event was webcast and attracted CERN’s largest international on-line audience since the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson… In 2014 she joined the Stargazing Live live roadshow as a comedian & history of space travel expert, and appeared in the second TV series of The Alternative Comedy Experience (curated by Stewart Lee), broadcast on Comedy Central.

Helen’s first solo stand up show It Is Rocket Science (winner - Buxton Fringe Festival, Best Comedy Performance) was picked up by BBC Radio 4 and has so far launched 3 critically acclaimed series. The show won the 2013 WISE Media Award, was shortlisted for the 2014 Writers' Guild Award for Best Radio Comedy and won the 2014 Association of British Science Writers Royal Society Radio Prize.

In 2015 her first radio documentary, Finding Your Voice, about selective mutism, was nominated for a Mind Media Award and her new comedy series, Big Problems with Helen Keen debuted in the 6.30pm slot on BBC Radio 4.

She was selected as a 2015 Wired Innovation Fellow.

Also featured on:
The Alternative Comedy Experience, Comedy Central
Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, Museum of Curiosity, Wordaholics and Jon Ronson On.
Live at the Electric BBC3
Radio 4’s Fourth Dimension
Woman’s Hour
BBC7's Comedy Club

“Embodies all the best things about intellectual comedy. Smart without being elitist, and with just the right amounts of sincerity and sarcasm” Spoonfed.co.uk

Here's a list of some of the work I do - in case you're wondering about booking me to host your corporate event/give a speech/impartially referee your Fighting Robot Death Match... Please do get in touch if you'd like to talk!

Corporates, conferences and conventions etc.:

2015
Host: The Science of Superheroes, British Council event, Athens
Host: Stand-up Science, Association of Science Technology Centres, Montreal
Host: Women in Space panel, Science Museum Cosmonauts Exhibition event
Invited speaker TEDxESA, Eurpean Space Agency event, Netherlands
Invited speaker WIRED conference, London
The Science of Game of Thrones - Royal Institution, London
2014
Arbritral Women Fundraiser, Imperial War Museum
Wikimania - Wikipedia Conference, London
Wordaholics, BBC Radio 4 panel show
Museum of Curiosity, BBC Radio 4 panel show
BBC Stargazing Live, live tour
2013
Nine Worlds Geekfest
Crawley STEMfest
International Women's Day Women in Science event - Keynote Speaker
2012
Museum of Natural Curiosity - Live (Natural History Museum - with John Lloyd, Terry Pratchett)
Save the Rhino Dinner (London Zoo - with Terry Waite, Jon Culshaw, Robin Ince)
BBC Radio 4 and the Fringe (Panel member - BBC Edinburgh Fringe Masterclass)
National Association of Mathematics Advisers Conference
Boring Conference
Voice over for Planetarium show at Newcastle Centre for Life
The UnConvention - Fortean Times convention
Ig Nobel Events (various events London, Oxford University)
2011
British Science Festival (Bradford)
Royal Institution Ghosts of Christmas Lectures Past (Faraday Hall)
Astronomers Ball (Royal Greenwich Observatory)
7thingsmedia/geeks.co.uk Party
The UnConvention - Fortean Times convention (Westminster Hall)
Astrofest (Kensington Conference Centre)
Question, Explore Discover Convention - Science and Scepticism Conference
Institute of Physics Ireland AGM
2009
The Amaz!ng Meeting (Mermaid Conference Centre)
Science Museum Late - celebrating 50th anniversary of the Moon landings
Science Museum Trustees Event
Science Museum War of the Sexes - host

Other live shows
2013
Helen Keen's Spacetacular! - UK Space Agency Space For All Grant winning show (Leicester Square Theatre)
Bright Club - regular host at Bright Clubs across the UK
Big Bang Fair - with Professor Sophie Scott
Fame Lab - headliner
2012
9 Lessons & Carols for Godless People (Bloomsbury)
Douglas Adams 60th (Hammersmith Apollo)
Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition (Laughter Lab with Professor Sophie Scott)
SciFi london
Ada Lovelace Day - Live
2011
Infinite Monkey Cage tour - regular guest with Prof Brian Cox, Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh and Robin Ince
Out of this world: Science Fiction but not as you know it (British Library)
Brighton Digital Festival Comedy Night
Ada Lovelace Day - Live
2010
School for Gifted Children (Udderbelly South Bank)
Irish tour of It Is Rocket Science, sponsored by Institute of Physics Ireland
2009
Latitude Festival
Standon Calling Music Festival
Secret Garden Party
Night of 400 Billion Stars (Bloomsbury Theatre)
2008
Dana Centre performance It Is Rocket Science
Yuri's Night premier of It Is Rocket Science (Awarded Institute of Physics Public Engagement Grant)

Keen's one-woman stand-up shows It Is Rocket Science!, The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival and Robot Woman of Tomorrow have also been performed at the following Science Festivals: Wrexham, Winchester, Cambridge, London, Newcastle, Manchester, Brighton, York, Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh
and at the following Fringe Festivals: Edinburgh, Buxton, Henley, Camden and Brighton.
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