These quirky talks remind us that life is funny, weird, sweet, absurd.
Curated by TED
Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game
Prompted by the Encyclopaedia Britannica ending its print publication, performance poet Rives resurrects a game from his childhood. Speaking at the TEDxSummit in Doha, Rives takes us on a charming tour through random (and less random) bits of human knowledge: from Chimborazo, the farthest point from the center of the Earth, to Ham the Astrochimp, the first chimpanzee in outer space.About Rives
A.J. Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me
For a full year, A.J. Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could — from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned. About A.J. Jacobs
Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity
Charlie Todd causes bizarre, hilarious, and unexpected public scenes: Seventy synchronized dancers in storefront windows, “ghostbusters” running through the New York Public Library, and the annual no-pants subway ride. In his talk, he shows how his group, Improv Everywhere, uses these scenes to bring people together. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.) About Charlie Todd
Anxiety: Catalina Ferro delivers a hilarious ode to the anguish of anxiety at the NYC Urbana Poetry Slam back in June — her Anxiety Group is funny.
Aleksey Igudesman and Sebastian Gürtler team up with the Upper Austrian Youth Orchestra to perform “The Cyber Conductor” — a symphonic comedy show about the many features of a remote-controlled “automated conductor.”