By his own admission, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is no Tom Gleeson.
The radio broadcaster, who is coming to Launceston in August for National Science Week, admitted he wasn’t a fan of the comedian’s now infamous Go Away segment.
“There is self deprecating humour and then there is the sort of humour where you degenerate others,” he said.
“He’s a funny guy, but that one missed the mark for me.
“I will always love Launceston and Tasmania for two reasons: one is you can see the Aurora Australis and the other is because of the blueberries they have down there.”
Dr Kruszelnicki is set to speak on a much broader scope of subjects than Gleeson when he appears at Albert Hall to present Extreme Moments in Science: Real or Fake?
Topics of the forum include the real colour of the universe, whether we really only use 10 per cent of our brains, the existence of the seven deadly sins and the truth about Santa, as well as much more. He said there had never been a better time to take an interest in science.
“The first Australian space agency commenced operations this month,” he said.
“The government hasn’t always shown an interest in science, so an investment like that is very exciting.”
Dr Kruszelnicki will not be the only science communicator visiting Tasmania for National Science Week, with comedian Lawrence Leung also taking to the stage. A former psychology student at the University of Melbourne, Leung has lectured at science conventions, universities, Splendour in the Grass and The School of Life.
His comedy style covers the pitfalls of growing, ghosthunting in Scottish castles, break-ups, breakdancing, poker cheating and seeking out jetpack inventors.
His appearance in Launceston on August 17 is part of National Science Week Comedy Tour of Tasmania, which also includes shows in Hobart and Franklin.
- Dr Karl’s Extreme Moments in Science: Real or Fake? will be at Albert Hall on August 10 from 7pm. Lawrence Leung will be at The Royal Oak on August 17.