Right Turn: A PhD in stand-up comedy

Author: Stacey Johnson, 01/06/17

“Biology is the only science in which multiplication is the same thing as division.”

“Q: What did the conservative biologist say? A: The only cleavage I want to see is at the cellular level.”

“Q: What did one cell say to his sister cell when she stepped on his toe? A. Mitosis”*


I’ve literally been scouring the Internet for several years now looking for stem cell humour that I can share on Fridays as a “Right Turn” post. Finally – finally! – I have found a stem cell biologist who does stand-up comedy, in the video below. (The jokes above were meant to get you in a laughing mood, before the featured act. Think of me as the poorly paid opener who gets you warmed up.)

The funny thing is, he does get laughs in his routine, but when he tries to explain what he does during his day job, and specifically how an induced pluripotent stem cell works, the laughs dry up. He should have stuck to the dating material. Ba Dum Tshh.

The title of the video is “Dave Christensen makes stem cells funny.” You can be the judge.

*Introductory jokes above found here: http://www.businessinsider.com/31-cringe-worthy-science-jokes-and-puns-2015-11



Our regular feature, Right Turn, appears every Friday and we invite you to submit your own blog to info(at)ccrm.ca. We encourage you to be creative and use the right (!) side of your brain. We dare you to make us laugh! Right Turn features cartoons, photos, videos and other content to amuse, educate and encourage discussion.

As always, we welcome your feedback in the comment section.

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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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