Comedian Robin Ince explores human brain during Gravesend stand-up

PUBLISHED: 16:07 11 January 2014

Robin Ince who will be performing in Gravesend. Picture: Rosie Pethullis

Robin Ince who will be performing in Gravesend. Picture: Rosie Pethullis


Comedian and all round inquisitive man Robin Ince has long been at large on the comedy circuit, dabbled in TV and hosted a seasoned hit radio show with physicist Brian Cox.

Robin Ince. Picture: Rosie Pethullis

Robin Ince. Picture: Rosie Pethullis

On January 22 he will perform a comedic set on the human brain at a “Skeptics in The Pub” event held in a Gravesend tea room.

“I’ve got a stack of books I’m reading on the human mind at the moment. These are very exciting times,” he said.

“Much of what we think we know we do not know at all.”

He plans to explore how our understanding of the brain has changed over the past century addressing such perplexing subjects as whether we have free will and whether it matters if we do or don’t.

“I’m someone who believes if we had enough time then science could answer every question we could come up with,” Robin said, “But there’s much work to be done.”

The set could be cut out to be a long one.

On his Radio 4 Show The Infinite Monkey Cage, which sees him, his co-host Cox and a panel of heavyweight scientists and less serious comedians discuss topics ranging from death to space tourism, the subject of the human mind was argued over for in excess of an hour, much to the dismay of the producer.

“My favourite shows are the ones where we argue all afternoon,” said Robin.

Despite being from an arts background, Robin, began to involve science in his sets during his 20s.

“My life is travelling and looking out of windows, reading and looking at stars,” he said.

“Many comics deal with observational stuff beautifully.

“In some ways what I do is observational too but I’m trying to ask why we do these things as well.”

Robin paves the way in curiosity but admits that it isn’t all rosy asking ‘why’ all the time -- particularly when it comes to mortality.

“If life is finite it can sometimes seem bleak but I feel that overall asking more and more questions about the world makes life better,” he said.

He last visited the area 20 years ago when he and a friend were driving aimlessly through the night listening to talk radio, as they often did.

“3am is an interesting time for viewing Gravesend,” he said.

Well, depending on the duration of the debate at his show, he might just find out again.

Robin will perform at No.84 Tea Room and Eatery in Parrock Road on January 22. Email for tickets.

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