Ask Dr. Science
is a daily humorous radio sketch produced by 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 often are 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 Masters Degree... in science
The program features two Duck's Breath members, Dan Coffey
as Dr. Science and Merle Kessler
as his assistant/announcer Rodney.
In the segment's earliest days, it was known as "Ask Mr. Science."
Coffey and Kessler wrote "The Official Dr. Science Big Book of Science Simplified!" in 1986.
In 1987, a Dr. Science television series on the Fox
network starred all five members of the Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre, as well as Denny Dillon. It ran for about 12 episodes.
During the early 2000s, the Warner Bros.
website Entertaindom aired a series of CG
animated shorts featuring popular clips from the Ask Dr. Science
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