On “Cosmos,” Neil deGrasse Tyson shows off his universal humor


Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” on FOX. (Patrick Eccelsine/FOX)

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a dangerous man: He can make you learn while he makes you laugh.

The renowned astrophysicist has made a name for himself by infusing science with comedy. It’s what helped him get the gig hosting “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (9 p.m., Sundays on Fox), the follow-up to Carl Sagan’s landmark 1980 series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” It’s not comedy, but Tyson’s delivery and humorous asides make the show amusing.

His frequent appearances on “The Daily Show” — where he once informed Jon Stewart that Earth was spinning in the wrong direction during the show’s opening credits — have earned him a position as an honorary correspondent, the “Buzzkill of Science.”

On his radio show/podcast “StarTalk Radio,” Tyson unravels the mysteries of the universe and science fiction alongside a comedian co-host (usually “Bob’s Burger’s” voice actor Eugene Mirman).

There’s no better man to lead us on an exploration of the cosmos and beyond. America may no longer have a space shuttle program, but at least we’ve got Tyson: the scientist with a sense of humor.

 

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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