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Tune in to Comics’ Carnal Knowledge

March 11th, 2007

Dr Petra

A few weeks ago two scientists and two comedians had a go at explaining commonly asked sex questions to a live audience as part of the science of sex event at London’s Dana Centre. The comedians were Rudi Lickwood and John Ryan, and the scientists were Professor Graham Hart and myself. The event was funded by the Wellcome Trust.

We were split into two teams and tried to see who could give the best answers to the questions about sex. The comedians’ job was to try and make us laugh about sex, the scientists’ job was to explain the evidence around the questions provided – and also to give our comedians even more things to make jokes about. The event also included discussing questions about sex and the body with our audience as well as guessing the sexual secrets of some mystery objects provided by the Wellcome Trust’s historical archives.

The event was filmed for a webcast and is now archived on the Dana site so you can sit back, watch, play along at home and see how we tried to explain some commonly asked sex questions. Click here for the ‘Comics Carnal Knowledge’ page then click on ‘watch video’. The film is appropriate for over 16s and covers both frank discussions of sex and scientific debate – so if either of these are likely to offend you please don’t watch :-)

It’s a different way of discussing sex, and we all had fun taking part in the event. If you’ve any comments about it please let me know.

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