What happens at an Improbable Dramatic Readings session

Improbable Dramatic Readings is (or are) one of the kinds of events we’ve invented. Here’s video of the Improbable Dramatic Readings session at Arisia, in January 2019.

This particular session included:

  • Dramatic readings from (real) improbable research studies. The dramatic readers: Gary Dryfoos, Sonya Taaffe, Jeremy Bell. Michele Liguori, Geri Sullivan, human spotlight Jim Bredt, and an unnamed timer also are featured.
  • Also: The world premiere performance of the chorus-enhanced version of William Topaz McGonagall‘s disastrous poem “The Tay Bridge Disaster.” (This poem, in this enhanced version, was performed again later in the year in Ig Nobel shows in England.)

You may wonder why the performers repeatedly refer to music. There was an event in an adjoining hall that involved loud music which would sometimes become overpoweringly audible in the hall where we performed. Happily for you, dear video watcher, that music did not get nearly as distractingly picked up in this recording.

(Thanks to David Kessler for arranging this event from 3000 miles away.)