TED Talks, but way funnier.
Doors: 6:30pm
$10 advance | $15 day of show | $5 cash with student ID

Join us on Thursday, May 16 as Best of Madison winner Cheshire Cat Comedy celebrates two years of Words with Nerds! A great show for information sponges who love to laugh.


Words with Nerds mixes TED Talks with stand-up by bringing together local specialists and comedians to present on a topic of their choice. Come for the laughs and walk away with strange new knowledge – previous performers have regaled audiences with presentations about dinosaur rib anatomy, a principal component analysis of the Taco Bell Menu, nipple equality activism in Madison, how people misuse statistics, what can be learned from watching 100 Hallmark movies, how to perform self-surgery, and much, much more.


Speakers and topics at this show include:


Noah Mailloux - “Design Disasters: How Bad User Interfaces Permeate Our Entire Existence”


A.R.J. - “Fantastic Dicks and Where to Find Them”


Kayla Ruth - “Binaural Beats”


Hosted by:

Noah Mailloux




Thursday, May 16, 2024

Doors open at 6:30PM, show starts 7:00PM



3116 Commercial Avenue

Madison, WI 53713




Tickets are $10 advance, $15 DOS.



SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR STUDENTS: $5 cash cover with a student ID


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Seating is first come, first served. It is suggested that you arrive at the venue when doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime in order to get your pick of seats.


Recommended for ages 18+. Per venue rules, attendees under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You will be asked to show a photo ID upon check-in.


Lineup subject to change.


We do not offer refunds, but if you purchase a ticket and are unable to attend, please contact Cheshire Cat Comedy at cheshirecatcomedyco@gmail.com to redeem for free admission to a future show of your choice.




Past presenters span local entrepreneurs, professors, researchers, activists, union organizers, surgeons, engineers, and stand-up comedians with an itch to nerd out on stage.


Words with Nerds is produced by Best of Madison-winner Cheshire Cat Comedy and began in 2022 as a monthly event on the third Thursday of every month at Crucible, Madison’s premier alternative arts club. The showcase has since blossomed into a regular feature showcase at locations such as The Forward Club at Breese Stevens Field and Comedy Cabin in Janesville, Wisconsin.


Every now and then, Words with Nerds adds in a little splash of something extra; past examples include Rick Sanchez of Rick and Morty performing a burlesque number and Batman doing stand-up comedy.


Parties interested in presenting at Words with Nerds are invited to send their pitches to cheshirecatcomedyco@gmail.com.