• We help important ideas to become human, engaging, and deeply funny



  • Topic: Humour in the communication of complex & difficult topics of climate and humanitarian issues

    Belina Raffy of Maffick/Sustainable Stand Up, Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Anna Ramskogler-Witt of Aktion Gegen den Hunger and the Berlin Human Rights Film Festival

    In this Human Rights Film Festival Berlin podcast, we explore how humour can help us to communicate complex, difficult issues like climate change and humanitarian work.

    Smile! It's Climate Change

    In this podcast with Life-Sized City presenter Mikael Colville-Andersen, Mikael and Belina discuss how to make climate communication and climate action better through compassionate comedy and improvisation.

  • We do in-organisation workshops and public workshops exploring ways to learn how to be engaging, smart and funny about stuff that matters.


    Here are some public courses we have coming up. 

    For in-organisation courses or public courses in your city,

    contact us (Maffick.com is where this project comes from).

    Warning: Learning may include belly laughing, transformative insights, and meeting delightful, like-minded people.


    Earth (Europe & Africa evening, US west coast morning time)

    Let's find a way to talk about important ideas with humour and compassion

    Will be in February 2022


    Live, online classes (via Zoom)

    6 classes of 90 mins each


    Individual, online coaching (30 minutes per person)



    Our live, online show

    Be prepared to connect 40 mins before the show start time.


    Course debrief, live online class (via Zoom)

    45 minutes


    Course fee

    £280 rate


    Class limited to 8 participants.

    Please read the

    course terms and conditions.


    OMG - put me on the waiting list for this course! Email us.


    Earth (Melbourne evening time, Singapore afternoon time, Berlin morning time.)

    Let's find a way to talk about important ideas with humour and compassion

    Next dates to be confirmed.


    Course limited to 8 participants. Please read the

    course terms and conditions.

    Book my place now, or I have a question.


    OMG - put me on the waiting list for this course! Email us.

  • High level course terms and conditions

    For the public courses:

    If you cancel up to one week before the course starts, you’ll get a total refund. If you cancel after that or during the course, we refund you up to 50% of your fee, proportional to the amount of the course taken before the cancellation. If you are under halfway through the course, or if you are beyond that, we invite you to re-take the course again at the special alumni rate.


    For both public and in-organisation courses:

    How many classes of a course can you miss? Ideally none. We understand that sometimes things come up that make missing a class unavoidable. If you are going to miss a class, tell your facilitator. You are able to miss up to 2 of the first 4 classes in a course, as long as you keep up with the homework and you work with the facilitator to keep on track. The final 2 classes are mandatory as is the show.


    Sometimes, and very rarely, there is a mismatch between what we are trying to nurture in the course, and a participant involved. If this is the case, it is our call to invite a person to leave and revert to the refund policies above/below.


    For in-organisation courses:

    If individual participants from an in-organisation course cancel up to two weeks before the course starts, there is no penalty. If a participant cancels after that, they must refund the organisation personally for their course fee.

  • Conferences. Got a big cool or boring sustainability-themed conference?

    Let us bring relevant material, laughter, and lightness to your event

    I do keynotes

    Getting people to think differently in an enjoyable way

    Humour is so important to our psychological well being, especially when we face difficult and often overwhelming concepts. Sometimes what we need is for someone to speak the truth about how hard the human side to all this is, while being wildly funny.


    I do highly engaging conference keynotes.

    Email me.

    And so do some of our awesome alumni

    Subject matter experts from around the world

    We can put together a few wonderful, and very funny subject matter experts for your conference.



    Email me.

  • Let's keep in touch. Connect with us here...

    We will send you information tailored to your interests.

    Reminder: Sustainable Stand Up is a project of Maffick.com.

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    December 12, 2020 · Zoom,Comedy show,Compassion
    We did it. Our first online Sustainable Stand Up course comedy show. Before this purely online course, we had done 37 courses across 10 countries, all with in-person course shows on a stage. Here is what I learned when our stage was Zoom. What went wellOur acts were already familiar with Zoom....
    (Contains spoilers - please see the film first) I just watched the stunning film by Todd Phillips, The Joker. Part of why I loved this film is that it made me reflect on the role of societal institutions in engendering human dignity. The film does this by showing us what happens when our real and...
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    Sustainable Stand Up is a project by Maffick Ltd. 





  • Four things

    Our project does 4 things...



    We create inspiring courses where you discover a safe environment and new friends. Where you develop and hone stand up material, in a loving, clear way, on stuff that matters.


    We showcase our course participants, as well as the best of today's and tomorrow's stand up comedy on sustainability issues.


    We help connect alumni scientists, sustainability experts, science communicators and others from around the world with each other.


    We offer our stand up comics to major sustainability events and conferences.

  • Success stories

    Our participants include improvisers, comedians, NASA climate scientists, medical researchers, architects, military servicemen and women, and people like you. Here's what some of them say:


    "I need to reach people about the deadly serious impacts of climate change. But I don't want to drive them away with gloom and doom. Belina and my wonderfully supportive classmates helped me discover the hilarity in my work and connect with the audience about something that really matters, to me and the world."


    "I absolutely loved the supportive atmosphere and the we're all in it together mentality that was built into our class... I was able to create a solid five minute set and muster the courage to get up on that stage alone. Thank you Belina for starting my stand up journey on a high note!"


    "... gave me the confidence to get up in front of people, the tools for success in stand up and to break into doing improv. Belina is just an amazing teacher..."

  • Why do we get out of bed in the morning?

    We help people who do good in the world to do that better.


    We help people to combine stand up comedy, playfulness, content about stuff that matters, a focus on positivity and inclusion, and love.

    When combined, these are wildly powerful forces to get important information across.


    Join us and stand up for things that matter.

  • The SusStandUp Team

    Let's play!

    Founder, Director

    Belina began her stand up and improv in 1996 through classes and performances in New York City, continuing her studies at the Loose Moose School of Improvisation. She performs in Baltimore, NY. London and - soon - Berlin.  She is a Director of the global Applied Improvisation Network and a consultant with an MBA. Belina spends most of her time teaching social entrepreneurs and business people improvisation skills to bring about a more delightful, sustainable form of business. 


    Advisor/Connector, UK

    Steve is a geek comedian and founder of Science Showoff (http://www.scienceshowoff.org) and Bright Club (http://www.brightclub.org). He's trained hundreds of people to be funny about science and hosts gigs all over the UK where clever folk get to make funny for the first time.


    Photo credit: Ed Moore

    Advisor, Germany
    Adam is a professional actor, improviser and stand-up for corporate audiences. He has been performing, teaching and directing since the mid 1990s, mostly in central Europe.
    With a background in psychology, he is also a presentation coach, consultant and adjunct professor who uses techniques stolen from theater to help companies and governments all over the world make their staff and customers smile. 




    Katie Goodman is an award-winning musical comic, improviser, actress, author, creative coach, and social activist. She is the author ofImprovisation For The Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy.” Her comedy music videos can be seen, having amassed over 1.5 million hits on Youtube. www.KatieGoodman.com



    Advisor, Climate Scientist

    Peter is the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Office, supporting the North American Carbon Program (www.nacarbon.org); ABoVE, the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, a major field campaign (http://above.nasa.gov); and the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Focus Area at NASA HQ (http://cce.nasa.gov).  He's also an improviser and was part of our first show in Baltimore of Sustainable Stand Up.


    Advisor, Climate Scientist


    Pablo is Associate director for research and innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. As a researcher and consultant on climate, disasters and development he has worked with over thirty organizations in more than 50 countries. His current work addresses the use of innovative tools for climate risk management – including applied improvisation for learning and managing complex dynamic systems. 



    Green building Expert/Improviser, Baltimore

    Prescott is a sustainability innovator by day, and talented improvisation performer and show director by night.  


  • Contact us

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    Sustainable Stand Up is a project by Maffick Ltd. 





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