Festival Lab, South Bank
Cultural Forecourt, Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
10 March 2016
This event is SOLD OUT
Comedian, astronaut candidate and general troublemaker Josh Richards knows his days on Earth are numbered: short-listed from over 200,000 applicants for the first human mission to Mars in 2026, and launching without any hope of ever returning, it’s increasingly likely he’ll die on the red planet.
So if YOU were leaving the planet in 10 years time, what would you do before you left?
Bringing “Cosmic Nomad” to Queensland on his 7-month global tour, Josh uses his uniquely warped blend of science, comedy and storytelling to answer the big questions for our species in a way Brian Cox wouldn’t dare…
Who are we? Where have we come from and where are we going? Are we alone? Why does it burn when I pee? How can I use astronomy to get laid? And what kind of idiot volunteers to die on a cold, dead rock 350 million kilometres away?
Strong coarse language and mild sexual references
Note: The venue is licensed. Children Under 18 must be accompanied by an Adult
Recommended for mature audiences 15+
Meet the Speaker
Physicist, Explosives Engineer, Soldier, Stand-Up Comedian and Astronaut Candidate – one thing Josh Richards
can never be accused of is being boring.
In the last decade he’s picked up booby traps for the Australian Army, slogged through mud with the British Commandos, used napalm in a music video for U2, been a science advisor to the richest contemporary artist in the world, and performed with some of the world’s top comedians while wearing a giant koala suit to confused audiences from Los Angeles to Edinburgh.
Josh found his true calling in late 2012 when he discovered the Mars One project. Selected from over 200,000 initial applicants, Josh is now one of 100 worldwide astronaut candidates short-listed to leave Earth forever and become the first to colonise Mars in 2025.
An in-demand professional speaker, Josh’s storytelling is compelling & entertaining and is certain to leave audiences with plenty to think about.