In an effort to do something new we invented the science sketch show. Each sketch is inspired by a scientific news story. Our goal is, by poking fun at science, to consider scientific advances or events to be no different to any societal change or event that may happen in the world. Why are some scientific advances taken as gospel by some people but completely ignored by others? Why is science immune from parody or satire? For a discipline that grew out of human curiosity, why is it taken so seriously?
To question science’s position as a ivory-coated unquestionable source of information, and instead to enjoy it as an evolving, intellectually stimulating, fallible, sublime, silly and thoroughly human endeavour.
In the first episode of The Twain we went back to our old favourite characters, those of the old time. We first used these guys in the short-lived http://1929progressunrelenting.com/ with our good friend Todd Cooper. A slight explanation, this was written as a proposal for ScienceAlert, so it’s mentioned at the beginning.
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In episode two we see the many voices of our neurotic NPR reporter talking about how baby wallabies practise walking while still in the womb. Unfortunately this brings back unwelcome memories for our poor host.
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This was a quick sketch we put together with nothing to go on but the funny name of a creature. Thanks to Farz for her voice work.
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