Robin Ince is best known as a comedian and populariser of scientific ideas.
He is the creator and co-host of the podcast Robin and Josie’s Book Shambles, which gains over 100,000 hits a month, as well as the weekly music podcast with Michael Legge, Vitriola, which mixes nonsense, arguments and discussions on the latest music releases. He continues to present the Sony Gold Award winning BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox and has toured solo shows about consciousness, Charles Darwin, and physics. He is also touring with Professor Brian Cox as part of his Universal World Tour.
His most recent book, I’m A Joke and So Are You: Reflections on Humour and Humanity, was released in 2018 to critical acclaim, being named as one of Evening Standard’s Best Comedy Books of the Year. He has previously written The Bad Book Club, has edited and written short stories for two volumes of Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians, and has written and presented documentaries about the history of self-help, comedians and melancholy, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, Schrodinger’s Cat and General Relativity.
He has curated, produced and hosted numerous nights mixing science, music and comedy at the Hammersmith Apollo and across the UK. Recently, he has received Honorary Fellowship of UCL, an honorary doctorate from Royal Holloway College (University of London), and is a fellow of the British Science Association.
Numerous TV and radio appearances include Just a Minute, Mock the Week, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Robin has won three Chortle Awards, including the Time Out Outstanding Achievement Award and was nominated for Best Live Show at the British Comedy Awards.
‘Robin was relaxed, warm and funny, as well as incredibly well-informed and prepared; he set the tone of the evening perfectly.’
– Chloe Johnson-Hill, Penguin Random House
‘Our ceremony is only as good as it’s host and many people remarked that they thought it was the best year yet. I’ve never seen a host do so much homework, take such a genuine interest, and chat to everyone involved. We would work with him every year if we could.’
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards.