UTR: My Year in Mensa

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4 Mic Rating

 

Mildly amusing and quite clever—a good synopsis of the sometimes-funny-but-always-intriguing My Year in Mensa.

This is another example of a show that falls under comedy simply because the host is a comedian. I’m not sure which category it actually belongs in, but it is far from what I would call a “knee-slapper.”

It is humorous enough to earn at least three mics. It earns another mic for being very unique.

The podcast is a four-episode series narrated by comedian Jamie Loftus who walks you through her year in the high-IQ Mensa society, from taking the test as a joke to spending the Fourth of July with 2,000 angry Mensans in Phoenix. 

While I don’t agree with all of her findings, opinions, and conclusions drawn from her adventure, Jamie does make some very insightful observations:

  1. That it seems incongruent for a bunch of geniuses to convene in Phoenix in July, a ridiculously hot time of year in the desert. (I know. I lived near Death Valley for a year.)
  2. That people who are pretty cordial in person can sometimes be really mean on social media. 
  3. That standardized tests are close to worthless—something I also came to believe decades ago in high school.

Bottom line: My Year in Mensa is perfect for a four-hour drive, which is exactly how I enjoyed the entire podcast.

 

May 2022 Issue

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