Off The Top: The Neuroscience of Improv


Playing off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse starting January 4th! Click here for tickets.

Science rapper Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution) teams up with neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin (host of “Science Goes to the Movies” on PBS) to explore the brain basis of improvisation and comedy. What’s going on “under the hood” when a comedian riffs or a rapper freestyles? Why are the spontaneous moments of life always the most memorable? Does anything actually rhyme with Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex?

A married couple in real life, Baba and Heather bring you the latest research on brain science and creativity while putting their odd-couple relationship under the microscope. Learn how a rapper seduces a scientist, how hard it is to solve a math problem while rapping, and how your subconscious mind influences your daily thoughts and feelings. Humorous, lyrical, and rich with subliminal stimuli, this is hard-core science communication at its best.

"Highly engaging... If you like rap or neuroscience, you should go"—Scientific American



"Irresistibly charming, enthusiastic, funny, talented and smart"—DC Metro Theatre Arts



"Their chemistry on stage is fantastic... You’ll learn a lot here, with plenty of laughs along the way." ★ ★ ★ ★—Three Weeks



"Funny? Yes. Endearing? Yes. Interesting? Hugely." ★ ★ ★ ★—Broadway Baby



"An inspiring and wonderfully entertaining show from beginning to end... an absolute jewel." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Mumble Comedy



"Unendingly entertaining, jaw-droppingly fascinating... a momentously important show. Pure unashamed geekery." ★ ★ ★ ★—Arts Award Voice



"Mixes comfortable quips from our teacher Dr Heather Berlin and a few swift rhymes from her husband Baba Brinkman." ★ ★ ★ ★—The Skinny



Conclusive proof that it is possible to be funny and clever.—Evening Standard



"Baba Brinkman and Dr. Heather Berlin deliver what may be the best show of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014." ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Uncovered



"Geek heaven... who says science is boring?" ★ ★ ★ ★ ★—Edinburgh Reporter