Login

Steve Martin and Carl Sagan inspired Bill Nye's 'Science Guy' character

bill_nye.0.jpg

Few scientists have captured the imagination of children like Bill Nye. In a new short for NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers, Nye discusses the comedic and scientific inspirations behind his popular 90s PBS Kids show Bill Nye the Science Guy. After winning a Steve Martin lookalike contest in Seattle, Nye went on to write comedy. While working both as an engineer and a stand-up comic, Nye developed the character for his show. Like other prominent scientists, Nye received inspiration from Carl Sagan, who told him to "focus on pure science" for his young audience. "After you get laughs on stage it's addicting," Nye says. "If you want to entertain a kid of any age, you make it funny."

Nye continues to be a prominent scientific personality in science, most recently debating evolution with psuedoscientist Ken Ham. There's a chance his iconic 90s series could return; in 2012, Nye hinted that a reboot of Bill Nye the Science Guy could be brought to the web.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.