Science Busters

Science Busters [German] is a production by Austrian comedian Martin Puntigam [German] and his two guests of honour, Heinz Oberhummer and Werner Gruber [German].
[Here are my reviews of “The Physics of Star Trek” and “The Pleasure Formula“.*]

Plot:
Heinz Oberhummer is a theoretical physicist (astrophysics) and Werner Gruber is an experimental phyisicist (neurophysics). With Martin Puntigam as the host, they discuss various topics. This time round the topic was “Crucifixion Party – The Science of Christianity”. How could I have resisted such a title – and that shortly before Easter? Exactly, it’s impossible.
They answered such eternal questions as how to crucify someone directly, how unerring and exact exorcism-vomiting can get – and how far, how to walk over water, or where to place a site of Marian pilgrimage – in space.

Even though some of the jokes are the same every time, I just love this concept. The three of them work very well together, you can see that they have fun and that they are passionate about what they’re talking about. [I’m especially an Oberhummer fan – he’s so perfectly enthusiastic, I could listen to him rant all day.]

*They mentioned that they have 30 different programs by now. Maybe I’ll see them all at some point. :)

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Science Busters

Science Busters [German] is a production by Austrian comedian Martin Puntigam [German] and his two guests of honour, Heinz Oberhummer and Werner Gruber [German].

Plot:
Heinz Oberhummer is a theoretical physicist (astrophysics) and Werner Gruber is an experimental phyisicist (neurophysics). With Martin Puntigam as the host, they discuss various topics. In May, I already saw the Science Busters once with their “The Physics of Star Trek” program. At the end of that, my parents decided to invite friends to the “The Pleasure Formula – Culinary Physics (with live pig roast)” program. Unfortunately, those friends couldn’t go, so who’s the great winner? That’s right, me and my sister!
Anyway, The Pleasure Formula concentrates on Physics with food (like what’s the difference between Himalaya salt and normal salt and is it really worth to pay the price? Short answer: no), while Werner Gruber makes a traditional Austrian pig roast on stage, explaining why his method is the best through physics. And it’s funny.

I have to admit that I liked the Star Trek program a little better than this one, but this one was good, too. And I think that I’ll have to roast a pig soon.

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Max Goldt

Max Goldt is a German author who writes mostly essays or short columns about everyday things, language and basically anything he wants. He just published a new book – Zimbo – and is therefore doing some readings, two of which where in Vienna.

I will keep this short, since I don’t really know how to review a reading. :) Goldt’s writing is pretty great – funny and intelligent and it really lends itself ot be read aloud. [Though I can also very much recommend reading him for yourself.] He’s a good reader with a very nice voice.

His text choice was pretty good – he read mostly from his new book, but also some older stuff.

Summarising, seeing him do a reading is a good way to get to know his writing and it’s also very enjoyable even if you already know his stuff.

Science Busters

Science Busters [German] is a production by Austrian comedian Martin Puntigam [German] and his two guests of honour, Heinz Oberhummer and Werner Gruber [German].

Plot:
Heinz Oberhummer is a theoretical physicist (astrophysics) and Werner Gruber is an experimental phyisicist (neurophysics). With Martin Puntigam as the host, they discuss various topics. I saw “The Physics of Star Trek” where things like Warp Drive, wormholes and telepathy are discussed with a good dose of humour and even better dose of actual science!!!111!!!eleventy!! There are even experiments.

Whether you’re interested in physics or not, Science Busters is great entertainment. Puntigam is weird (and self-deprecating) enough to match the science and Oberhummer and Gruber are awesome. I can recommend it to anyone.

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Cordoba

Cordoba is a one-man play by Rupert Henning and Florian Scheuba (two big names of the Austrian comedy scene), starring Cornelius Obonya. It’s currently in the Viennese Rabenhof Theater. [Sorry for the shoddy linkage, but most inormation is in German anyway and on the flash-site of the Rabenhof Theater and therefore unlinkable.]

Plot:
1989. An East-German family makes their way across the green border between Austria and Hungary. They’re hoping for a better life in Austria. Instead what they get are misunderstandings, cultural differences and continuous mention of football in general and Cordoba in particular.
Spanning two generations, we see the fate of the German immigrants in Austria and are treated to a satire about the Austrian-German relationship as much as the relationship Austria has with immigrants in general.

Cordoba is absolutely awesome. Obonya, who plays all the roles (and gives each character a different dialect) delivers a mind-blowing performance and the writing is spot on, entertaining as much as giving food for thought.
[And don’t worry, if you aren’t Austrian and still don’t know why this play is called Cordoba. I’ll explain after the break.]

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