By dan

I’m A Climate Scientist…. The Coda

Hungry Beast S3 is over and has been put to bed. Weather we are going again is not a questions I can answer. All we know is that we’re done for now.One of the great experiences of this show in the third season is the ability to push through and make some really great content, most hit the TV screen, some just couldn’t fit and hit the YouTube channel, and managed to digital life. Two of those stories were some of my favourites, Jetconnect and Abortion Vigil which I produced with the wonderful Mon Schafter.

Certainly my favourite story this season was I’m A Climate Scientist. It managed to cause trouble all around the world. Racking up posts in Fast Company, Crikey,  Huffington Post, Greenpeace, MoveOn,  Idea, as well as global press too. I just love this article in Holland’s biggest broadsheet.

I recently got this feedback from Penny Hawe in Canada:

Congratulations to the makers of the rap video, “I’m a climate scientist”. It was  shown at the plenary opening session of the 40th annual meeting of the Canadian Science Writers Association today in Calgary (heartland of the oil industry).  People stood and cheered. It was shown in relation to a discussion of the ethical responsibilities regarding how ‘sides’ of stories
are (and should be) constructed.As an ex-pat Aussie in Canada I was delighted (and proud!). Thank you.

The initial idea stemmed from being annoyed while watching Q And A one night and noticing that while people were passionate about climate change, they prefaced everything the caveat “I’m not a climate scientist but….”

According to Media Monitors the phrase “I’m not a climate scientist but…” was only uttered a few times this year in Australian media, for some reason I felt like I had heard it much more often. Perhaps it was the echo chamber of twitter that solidified the expression in my brain. For me it had become a standard line that gave the “expert” a license to express any kind of dribbling nonsensical science at the truth’s expense.

So began the challenge of combating this phrase, with fact and funny. In order to do this I wanted a piece that had all the authority from actual climate scientists, but also ballsy enough to disrupt the current media conversation. Who would have thought that talking heads discussing the end of the world would be boring as watching permafrost melt.

The result was “I’m A Climate Scientist” a Beastie Boys-esque hip hop track. It was written by myself, Duncan Elms (who also did all the After Effects work) with help from Prof. Roger Jones, and Dr. Katrin Meissner two of the world’s leading climate scientists who just happen to be working in Australia. Special credit should go to my awesome producer Nikita Agzarian, who bashed the phones for a week to pull more than 13 Climate Scientists together for the main shoot.

Two side notes, I’m A Climate Scientist was played across Australian TV, but none more important than, The Bolt Report on Network Ten. (@ 3m49s)

Recently I’m A Climate Scientist had a very sweet, and shit stirring coda. A week after Hungry Beast left the airwaves, My mate, James Brechney, tweeted last week that he was taking his parents to Q and A, a noble but lets face it inexpensive gesture. I replied “Try and say I’m Not A Climate Scientist but…” he said he would try… and the results were impressive, if you listen carefully, there are at least three references to I’m A Climate Scientist…. including an attempt to reference the line “Anglican Revivalist…”.

Twitter blew up, then the Australian published an article claiming that Mr Brechney had a point, This was followed by several articles about the prank.

The West Australian

The Australian – Media Section

The Australian – Strewth

In a way it’s why I made I’m A Climate Scientist…. to be used as a ridiculous weapon for reasonable people to use against insanity.

By dan

Wog Boy vs Underbelly

I saw the new Wog Boy “Kings of Mykonos” trailer the other day and thought to myself, there are so many familiar actors who have played ethnic villains across our tv screens, and that if all you did was change the music it could be a pretty good promo for the latest Underbelly series. So I give to you Wog Boy vs Underbelly.

Special thanks to Luke Harris for some excellent motion graphic work.

By dan

My Top 10 Hungry Beast Sketches

Okay, The show’s only been over for a week, but I’m already in withdrawls. Here are 10 of my favourite Hungry Beast comedy sketches that I either wrote or performed in. .

O-Week (Obama comes to Australia):

Kosher Spies:

The new range of Vatican Touch Apps:

Australian Coal Association:


If Lady Gaga Wasn’t Famous

Post Race Rules:

Bingle Bungle:

Indian Student Prep School:

The Prime Minister’s Spin Lab:

The Liberals Are Back:

Avatar II: (Now admitedly I didn’t have too much to do with this genius.. but I <3 it)

Pigeons Vs Internet:

I’m A Climate Scientist…. The Coda