Your Brain On Climate
Comedy, with Stuart Goldsmith

The death of everything: no ROFLing matter. Right?  Well probably yes. But can chuckles save the planet?  Does laughing at humans being silly confused bags of water help the climate fight or take the heat out of it? And just why is so much climate comedy, well, crap? Joining Dave this episode is a right proper comedy mastermind, Stuart Goldsmith.  Stuart's spent aeons both behind the mic as a stand-up, and peering at other comics via interviews in his legendary The Comedian's Comedian podcast. He's drunk heavily from the comedy well, and knows more about the art (science? craft?) of rib-tickling than just about anyone.   And - [applause, cheers] - Stuart now reckons he might spend the rest of his career doing comedy about climate change, such is his commitment to the cause. See Stuart's show  Spoilers at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Owl noises: -- 11:11 - The rule of three in comedy.  -- 12:33 - This really is a most excellent, warm and wise interview with John Lloyd from the folks at Rebel Wisdom. -- 13:23 - Here's a TED talk - Why We Laugh - off of Professor Sophie Scott. -- 27:24 - Ayana Elizabeth Johnson's climate Venn diagram. Your Brain on Climate is a podcast about human psychology vs the climate crisis: what we think, why we think it, and how it all adds up to a planet-sized emergency.  Contact the show:  @brainclimate on Twitter, or [email protected]. Support the show on Patreon: The show is hosted by me, Dave Powell, who you can find @powellds on Twitter.  Original music by me, and I twiddle all the production knobs too. Show logo by Arthur Stovell at   

27 October 2023