Can academics be funny?

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For many academics, lecturing to a hall full of bored students can be daunting enough.

So the idea of delivering course notes to a tough crowd at a comedy gig might seem positively terrifying.

But that is exactly what happens at Bright Club, a monthly comedy event in London described by organisers as 'the thinking person's variety night'.

BBC World Service reporter Robyn Bresnahan went along to find out more - and invited professional comedian Alex Maple to give his assessment of the performances.

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