As a PhD student at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, [Ruben] studied the biophysical properties of potential new malaria drugs — while writing humour columns, performing at storytelling shows and comedy clubs and entertaining wedding guests as a fake rabbi.
Article on the American Association for the Advancement of Science website about a science comedy show I headlined before the March for Science.
Interview with Study Soup on alternative biology careers.
Write-up of a comedy show I headlined at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (see page 3).
Interview for Science Writing Radio podcast.
88.1 WYPR (Baltimore Public Radio): Cringe-Worthy Secrets and Precious Childhood Diaries Exposed in “Mortified”
Interview on Maryland Morning with Tom Hall about an upcoming Mortified show I’m producing and performing in.
Article on Pavlov Pinball about my upcoming book.
Then there was Adam Ruben. One of Mortified DC’s producers, it seems teenage Adam fancied himself a young Charles Bukowski, writing poems with opening lines like “To have sex with a mountain” and “Up and left, and up and right, and right and wrong.” He even wrote a poem made up entirely of punctuation marks, claiming in earnest that it was “about fish.”
But despite this extensive resume, Ruben isn’t Comedy Central-famous, which makes the series of stories about his worst stand-up gigs feel more authentic than romanticized.
I was interviewed for an article about everyone’s favorite topic, preparedness for grad school.