Our guest this week is standup comedian, Matt Kirshen. Michael, Kitty, and Matt talk about archery, mansplaining, science TV, Mr. Wizard, Santa Claus, The Krampus, German Christmas markets, American vs. British TV, Doctor Who, Tommy Cooper, Matt’s comedy career, stand-up vs. open mics, comedy writing, comedy clubs, Star Wars, Harrison Ford, conventions and fandom, The Martian, and Benny Hill.
It’s Ada the Countess of Lovelace Day, an annual commemoration in mid-October to raise the profile of women’s contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. Many don’t realize that we have women to thank for much of the technology we enjoy today:
Ada Lovelace – pioneering work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, writer of the first algorithm
Grace Hopper – computer scientist, and inventor of the first computer program compiler