Dr. Pete Ludovice has a gift for the power of the "Dork Side."
Fusing science and technology with a brilliant gift for humor and entertainment, Dr. Pete is bringing his nerd humor to Savannah with two shows at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs' Black Box Theatre.
So where does a one-man comedy show that is based entirely around science and technology come from?
"It grew out of an attempt to bring humor to statistics," he says, though the initial attempts were more difficult than he had anticipated.
"At first it didn't work that well," Dr. Pete admits.
Regardless of its origins, "The Power Of The Dork Side" grew into something that couldn't be ignored, and Dr. Pete has since performed all over the country, including The Punchline in Atlanta and the New Orleans Fringe Festival. This has led to him being a very busy man, given that he also hosts his own radio show, a podcast and directs a community program at Georgia Tech centered around the application of humor to science and tech.
But for those who aren't so nerdily inclined, there is no need to fear. Perhaps Dr. Pete's greatest talent is his ability to share the miracles of science and technology with anyone who has an interest.
"I say that it's 'Rated N For Normal People,'" the Georgia Tech professor says. "Normal people can definitely get most of the jokes."
He insists that even middle-school-aged audience members will be able to appreciate the show. The briefest glance at Ludovice's performance can confirm this to be absolutely true.
His expert knowledge of science and statistics combines effortlessly with the enthusiasm of a man still completely in love with his subject matter. Throw in his charming sense of wit and humor, and you've got an evening that will even entertain those of us who got C's in high school science class.
The show often turns to subjects that are only just being studied and understood in the scientific community, including research Dr. Pete himself is working on right now. What's most important, though, is to take the pressure off.
"There's no quiz at the end of the show," he says, laughing.