Ask Dr. Science
|Country of origin||United States|
|TV adaptations||Dr. Science|
|Starring||Dan Coffey, Merle Kessler|
|Produced by||Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre|
Ask Dr. Science was a daily humorous radio sketch produced by members of the comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre. It is broadcast on many public radio stations, using a format that mixes elements of a commercial bumper and a public service announcement. A concerned citizen asks a question, which is answered by an expert, "Dr. Science." Not surprisingly, the questions are never answered correctly, and are often little more than a launching point for a non sequitur monologue from Dr. Science. The show's motto is "He knows more than you do." The sketch always concludes with the disclaimer that he is "not a real doctor," although Dr. Science insists he has "a Master's Degree... in science!"
In the segment's earliest days, it was known as Ask Mr. Science; the character's name was changed due to a trademark conflict.
The character originated as a quasi-improvised part of the Duck's Breath comedy show. The questions for Dr. Science were solicited from the audience in advance.
Coffey and Kessler wrote The Official Dr. Science Big Book of Science Simplified! in 1986.
- Barron, James (July 2, 1991). "'Ask Dr. Science' Passes a Landmark: Puncturing 'Experts' 2,000 Times". New York Times.
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