Taking It to the Limit

December 5th, 2005

I'm about to run off to tape a "Wandering Josh" segment at the anarcho-rockalistic Subway Guitars store in Berkeley -- but I just wanted to mention that this evening (Monday) at 8 p.m. I'll be performing my comic monologue The Mathematics of Change at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Join along with my adventures as I recount my raucous freshman year at college, when I hit the wall at calculus! Gasp at the big puffs of chalk dust that emanate from the stage! Cringe as I describe the work-study job I had in biology during which I accidentally injected myself with mouse cancer! ... You can get tix here.

(By the way, this performance is part of a benefit series for the marvelous 826 Valencia Scholarship Program, and is presented by City Arts & Lectures.)

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  • 1. Julie Bernstein  |  December 6th, 2005 at 8:33 am

    Great show Josh. One of the friends I brought along was laughing so hard I thought he was having an asthma attack!

    Any plans to podcast JKS? I’d love to download you to my iPod and watch on the bus to work.

  • 2. Josh Kornbluth  |  December 6th, 2005 at 10:02 am

    Thanks, Julie! It was really fun to perform that piece again — and in such a lovely venue! I was glad the new blackboard held up, too. …

    Regarding your podcast question: Knowing how my Benevolent Webmistress is magically on top of everything, I’m sure we’ll soon be getting an answer from her in this space. (I think podcasts would be great, too.)

  • 3. Steve Halford  |  December 6th, 2005 at 11:38 am

    Brilliant show last night. We brought both our kids – both are math whizzes – including my 15 year old daughter who wants to go to Princeton, so the show had a lot of meaning for us.

  • 4. Sue T.  |  December 6th, 2005 at 7:02 pm

    “The Mathematics of Change” was terrific. If I had learned cool stuff like the casting out of nines, I may have made it as far as calculus, too. (I “hit the wall” in math much earlier — like, in 4th grade.) I’m very grateful that the math thing didn’t work out for you, and instead you wound up as a talk show host/monologist!

  • 5. Josh Kornbluth  |  December 8th, 2005 at 6:21 pm

    Sue: Thanks for the kind words! You know, I bet if my dad had been your elementary-school math teacher, you wouldn’t have hit the wall so soon. He made math so much fun. …

    Steve: I’m so glad you’re introducing a whole new generation to my weird brand of theater. Your kids sound amazing!

  • 6. donna beatty  |  December 23rd, 2005 at 9:27 pm

    Josh, I am happy to hear you are still doing this show. I’ve seen it twice– once at the AMATYC conference in Long Beach and then again in Anaheim a few years ago. I teach community college mathematics — and I can’t get past a discussion on limits without thinking of you. Unfortunately the white board markers don’t have quite the same effect as I pound against the board trying to hammer in the concept. The show was hilarious — I hope you will be doing it again in a neighborhood near me…in the meantime I am looking forward to your show at the Rubicon Theatre in my hometown, Ventura, CA, in February as Ben Franklin.

  • 7. Josh Kornbluth  |  January 2nd, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks, Donna! I feel your pain about those sterile whiteboards, and I hope you dig “Ben Franklin: Unplugged” in Ventura, where — thanks to you — I now can look forward to having at least one audience member!

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