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Helen Keen is a stand-up comedian and writer. Her solo shows mix stand-up science, storytelling, and inventively homemade props, spinning comedy out of such arcane and unlikely subjects as 19th century Arctic exploration, or the development of the robot.
Helen was a finalist in several national stand-up competitions (Funny Women, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Hackney Empire New Act of the Year) before winning the first Channel 4 New Comedy Writing Award with writing partner Miriam Underhill. Since then she has written for, among others, Channel 4’s Friday Night Project and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and was a regular writer and performer on BBC Radio 1’s The Milk Run.
Helen ’s first Edinburgh Fringe Show, It Is Rocket Science! (about the history of the space rocket) won the Buxton Festival Fringe Award for Best Comedy Performance, and has been made into a four-part BBC Radio 4 series, also starring Peter Serafinowicz and produced by Gareth Edwards.
In 2011, Helen was a guest on several of Uncaged Monkeys tour (part of The Infinite Monkey Cage), alongside Professor Brian Cox. Helen returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012 with her show Robot Woman of Tomorrow. She won a UK Space Agency ‘Space for All’ Award in 2012, for her Spacetacular! quiz night, which she curates and comperes alongside Londonist editor Matt Brown.
In 2013, Helen hosted the first comedy night at the CERN lab, and it proved to be their most successful webcast since the discovery of the Higgs boson. The webcast was followed from 105 countries, by nearly 10,000 browsers.
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The Otley Science Festival has now booked Helen Keen to perform both Rocket Science and her Arctic Show, and we want more! In both cases, Helen’s performance went down extremely well with her witty comedy, strangely packed with information. A palpable hit with the audiences.
Marty Jopson (Otley Science Festival organiser, and One Show expert)
I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed an event as much…Helen Keen’s show – hilarious and not just for rocket scientists. A subtle mix of humour and humanity, featuring tall tales from the founding fathers of the space age, blended with wry political comment.
Institute of Physics, Ireland
Her quirky, science-themed humour instantly delights audiences of all ages.
Science City, York
Quirky, offbeat and original…Helen Keen is clearly someone to watch.
Startling fine entertainment…crisp, sophisticated comedy.
The effervescent rocket-buff, Helen Keen.
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
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