What is a Worm Show?
The "Worm Show" was a comedy/variety presentation that took place at the biennial International C. elegans Meetings from 2005-2015, having gotten its start at a first show at a 2004 regional meeting. All the shows took place in Royce Hall at University of California, Los Angeles. Presented by Curtis Loer (University of San Diego) and Morris Maduro (UC Riverside), each show featured many types of jokes, from simple Powerpoint-based gags like Top Ten Lists, to elaborate videos that poke fun at the kinds of things C. elegans researchers and scientists/academics have to deal with. And CL and MM always found a way to sneak a song or two into every show. In 2011, they added on-site interviews and videos made of people at the meeting. In 2013 and 2015, the show also featured submitted material (videos and images) from the C. elegans community. Curtis and Morris have since retired from these shows, but you can enjoy all seven past shows here.
New! See the real first show that started it all, the 2004 Worm Show at the West Coast Worm Meeting in Santa Barbara. Much of the material was re-used in the 2005 show, but there are a few segments that have never been seen before now, including "Do You Like C. elegans?" (a Dr. Seuss-inspired story), "As Some Day It May Happen..." (a Gilbert & Sullivan parody), and "Worm Poetry." Also, we added a link below to the 2014 "Development Show" which was a one-off show based on prior worm shows for the Society for Developmental Biology meeting.
Curtis Loer & Morris Maduro