Explore Science and Comedy at the Science Museum’s June Lates with MasterCard


What makes you laugh and why is it so good for you? Discover why dancing makes you laugh and be entertained by BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage as we explore science and comedy at the Science Museum June Lates with MasterCard on Wednesday 26th June, 18.45 – 22.00.

You can take part in all the usual Lates activities along with a selection of activities highlighted below:

The Infinite Monkey Cage, IMAX Cinema - 19.50-21.30 (Doors open at 19.30)

Boldly going where no other radio show has gone before, BBC Radio 4’s award winning science comedy show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, comes to the Science Museum. Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by guests from the world of science and comedy for this special recording. Tickets can be pre-booked online here, with a limited number of tickets available on the night.    

Why dancing makes us laugh

Explore the science behind why dancing makes us laugh. We’ll look at why dancing makes us feel good and why watching other people dance is so irresistibly funny.

Laughter Therapy

Lotte Mikkelsen from UnitedMind takes you on a journey to fun and happiness, leaving you with ‘tools’ you can actively take away and use in your life, as well as a heightened sense of wellbeing.

Museum of Comedy

Join the Comedy Hoopla as we curate some of the most important and funniest bits of comedy history.  There will be true classics and some hidden gems you may never knew existed.

Science's Silliest Stories

Can science be funny? Listen to some of the funnier stories from scientific research, and see that some scientists must need a sense of humour to do their work.

BrainSex – Edinburgh Fringe Preview 

Men read maps better, but women read emotions say brain scientists. Is the secret of human behaviour inside our skulls? Join Timandra Harkness for a preview of her Edinburgh Fringe Show.

Close Up Comedy

Taking a look at pioneering early films and great silent comedies, we consider how filmmakers and comedians responded to the new technique of close-up cinematography. Find out what this tells us about the relationship between comedy and technology.

The Science Joke Wall

Science can be funny… Can’t it? Come and leave your funniest science jokes on our joke wall.

Gallery tour of Who am I? (BSL)

Do our genes define who we are or does nurture still have an important effect? Join us on this gallery tour to see how genes impact on our whole lives and beyond. 

Listen to Your Heart

Help researchers from the Department of Psychology at the Royal Holloway, University of London by taking part in a real science experiment to discover how our inner feelings affect us. 

Other activities include:

Launchpad – including science shows

You remember it well from when you were nine... and if you don’t, now’s your chance to realise what you missed. Exercise your mental muscle through interactive science fun with no kids between you and the big red buttons to press. 

Speed Dating

This could be your chance to meet the person of your dreams... or possibly nightmares. There’s also a free drink thrown in for all daters. Limited numbers. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased from the main ticket desk.

Silent Disco

Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. The Science Museum does not accept responsibility for the quality of some of the moves you will see this evening. 

MasterCard Priceless London desk

The MasterCard Priceless London team are offering MasterCard cardholders exclusive access to a range of popular events throughout the evening on a first-come-first-served basis. Drink vouchers are also available for the first 100 MasterCard cardholders who sign up on pricelesslondon.co.uk  on the night.

A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum

Put yourself in their shells. Take a Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race. 


For more information contact William Stanley, Science Museum Press Office on: 0207 942 4429 William.Stanley@sciencemuseum.org.uk


Wednesday 26th June, 18.45 – 22.00
Entry to Lates is FREE and no booking is necessary
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
0870 870 4868 | sciencemuseum.org.uk

Notes to Editors

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