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Rob Newman hits the road for new comedy show

Stratford Editorial 13th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FOLLOWING sell-out performances at Edinburgh and across the UK in 2014, one of Britain’s finest comedians – Rob Newman – is back on the road with his brand new show, ‘The Brain Show’, in which he takes a sceptical approach to some grand claims made by neuroscience.

The former star of the Mary Whitehouse Experience and comedy partner of David Baddiel, is coming to Bromsgrove’s Atrix on November 26.

The Newman and Baddiel partnership saw them become the first comedians to sell out the 12,000-seat Wembley Arena in London.

Since going their separate ways in the 90s, Newman has been writing novels and performing critically-acclaimed political comedy.

After volunteering for a brain-imaging experiment meant to locate the part of the brain that lights up when you’re in love, Rob emerges with more questions than answers in his latest acclaimed comedy offering.

Can brain scans read our minds? Are we our brains? How can you map the mind? If each brain has more connections than there are atoms in the universe, then how big will a map of the brain have to be?

Seeking answers to these questions, The Brain Show explores everything from the thought-processes of stripy spiders to the neurobiology of romantic love, and from Alan Turing in a fortune-teller’s tent to Isaac Newton having a meltdown at a County Fair.

The Brain Show features weird and wonderful electronic props such as a live brain-imaging electroencephalograph (EEG) hat, which gives the audience a read-out of Rob’s fluctuating mental state during the show.