I ran away from the circus to pursue stand-up and improvised comedy, and discovered a talent for compèring, provocative topical humour, and flying by the seat of my pants. And yes, I have played the Edinburgh Fringe.

In fact I was back on the Fringe in 2010 with a new show, Your Days Are Numbered - the maths of death. Working with stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, we proved that there is a startlingly large audience for maths-based topical comedy. And got 4 four-star reviews. We toured it in 2012 & took it to Australia for the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. You can see a short film we made at Worldbytes TV.

Our second show: Humans V Nature: engineering FTW hit the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2012 - link to video clips at Comedy.

I'm working on a new solo show, and running Science Burlesque, a cabaret night that takes the innocent joy of discovery at the heart of science & plies it with absinthe till it wakes in a stranger's bed.

TV appearances include BBC 4’s panel show, Mind Games, being the Woman from the Future on Pulling Power, and wearing a furry cat costume in award-wining adverts for petfood. Ah… the glamour...

I am also half of the Comedy Research Project – with Dr. Helen Pilcher – we test the hypothesis that science can be funny - and I work with Dr. Harry Witchel in the show Dr. Witchel’s 7 Rules of Dating.


“Respect is due…to Timandra Harkness, whose canny routine with a vibrator appealed, on different levels, to men and women.”
Evening Standard

“Harkness has a deadly witt" 
The Scotsman

“Exponentially Funny”
Three Weeks