Off the Charts: Consultant-Turned Comedian Tim Lee's PowerPoint Comedy
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The last date listed for Off the Charts was Thursday January 29, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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The Improv presents “Off the Charts”, a unique show that blends stand-up comedy with science, and humorous PowerPoint visuals. The show was developed by Tim Lee; a comedian and a PhD . “I came up with the idea while sitting through seminars in grad school. There is just so much potential for humor in science … if you know where to look.”
Lee has become an underground sensation with over a million views on his YouTube videos. Piggybacking that success, Tim took “Off the Charts” on the road selling out shows from Seattle to Hollywood. Audiences hungry for comedy that is smart and funny flocked to the show.
Lee’s comedy uses scientific phenomena and tools to explain everything from the hair that collects on a bar of soap to how his standards drop rapidly with abstinence.
“I did my first PowerPoint comedy bit while giving a seminar on salmon population dynamics. The idea hibernated in my mind, but it wasn’t until years later that I tried it at an open mic and the audience went wild,” Lee said.
Visuals have long been a part of comedy. Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and David Letterman have made use of a wide variety of celebrity photos and newspaper articles to evoke laughs. “I’m just putting a new twist on it” says Lee.
Lee is now a full-time comic. He says it was “a soul-wrenching” decision. “Professionally, as a consultant, I was well compensated, but I was incredibly bored. The only reward was money. Then I opened this fortune cookie at a Chinese restaurant and it read, If you don’t change your direction you’re likely to end up where you’re headed.”
“I’ve been told many times that people feel smarter after the show. If that happens that’s great, but that’s not the point. I want people to think a little, laugh a lot, and leave happy. Comedy is where you look for it. You just need a little imagination.”