Nerd Nite London November 2022

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  • Backyard Comedy Club


  • Date Night, Something A Little Different and Classes
  • Tickets from £2.50 - £10.00
  • Bethnal Green
  • Over 18
  • This event has taken place.
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along. This November we're going to be learning about Hitchcock, Antarctica and the @ sign.

Be there and be square.

Address: The Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL / also online*

Details: Wed 16 November 2022. Doors open at 7PM, event starts at 7.30PM.
The online stream* will go live at 7:15PM, with the speakers starting at 7.30PM and will be available for around 24 hours.

Science on Ice: The U.S. Antarctic Program

Antarctica is the highest, driest, coldest, windiest and emptiest continent in the world. Every year thousands of scientists and support staff venture to some of the planet’s most remote locations to science the heck out of the frozen continent. Get the inside scoop on what’s down there, and learn about some of the amazing, cutting-edge research conducted by the U.S. Antarctic Program. Spoiler: It’s more than just penguins and glaciers.

For six years, Mike Lucibella was the editor of The Antarctic Sun, the official newspaper of the U.S. Antarctic Program. As the program’s journalist, photographer, and podcaster, he’s traveled across Antarctica, interviewing scientists and researchers at all three U.S. research stations. He is also definitely not a shape-shifting alien monster from beyond the moon. Probably.

Where it’s @
The ‘at’ sign. As part of an email address or social media handle, we barely notice it. But there’s a lot more to this workhorse of online communication than meets the eye – and Lydia Thornley has been on a voyage of nerdery to explore, via shaggy dog stories, language, weights and measures, amphorae, morse code, accidental fame, a Japanese emoticon and, marvellously, Strudel.

Lydia Thornley is a graphic designer, creative director, sketcher – and all-purpose nerd. She loves a chance to delve into random subject-matter in unnecessary detail. Thus, she gets to work with other curious people on interesting stuff, and to follow her own lines of enquiry. This is Lydia’s fifth Nerd Nite London talk.

Alfred & Alma: The Hitchcocks in Islington

Why is there an enormous sculpture of Alfred Hitchcock’s head next to the Regent’s canal? Hitchcock is one of the most recognisable and successful film directors in Hollywood history. But he started his career working in Islington where he also met his wife and unheralded constant collaborator Alma. Nigel’s talk looks back on a forgotten chapter of London’s cinematic past.

Nigel Smith is a lifelong movie nerd. He’s part of the team producing BBC Radio 4’s film and TV programme Screenshot with Mark Kermode and Ellen E Jones, co-founded the long-running Tufnell Park Film Club and now leads guided walking tours exploring London’s old cinemas. Follow him on Twitter @nigelcsmith and find out more about his tours at

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. this year we are partnering with The Shine Trust to help foster a new generation of nerds.

More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook at nerdnitelondon or visiting for more information about The Shine Trust visit




Ticket Event time Cost
Early Nerd
Early nerd (limited availability)
19:00 - 22:30 £5.00
General admission
General admission
19:00 - 22:30 £7.50
Concessions prices apply for the following groups: Students, OAP, Unemployed, Disabled, Librarians, Teachers, NHS.
19:00 - 22:30 £2.50
Admission + extra generous donation to the Shine Trust
Worried about austerity? Want to do a little more to help school kids thrive? Pay a little extra, and we'll donate a little extra to the Shine Trust.
19:00 - 22:30 £10.00
Online (general admission)

NOTE the online experience is not as interactive as the in-person event and it may be tricky to hear, in particular, the audience reaction. The stream goes live at 7:15PM.

19:00 - 22:30 £5.00



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Nerd Nite London
Regular events during which several folk give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. With beer. Be there & be square.


Backyard Comedy Club

Backyard Comedy Club

The Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green is a great night out with some of the top comics from around the world!  The club's Thursday night show features upcoming comedians and usually one or two special guests who are kept secret until the evening of the show, while it's Friday and Saturday shows…

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