SCIENCE SHOWOFF curated by Simon Foster – Nov 18th, Star of Kings


Well. This is exciting.

Your favourite chaotic science mess of an event have only gone and got Simon Foster, Sky TV’s favourite checker of science accuracy and your gran’s favourite blower-up of stuff, to curate an evening of science-based fun and frolics.

This means 10 incredible acts from Simon’s little black book, and a real treat for you.

The gig will be MCed as ever by Steve Cross, our troublesome in-house comedian and thorn in the side of positivists everywhere. He’ll be joined by:

Matt Allinson and Gilead Amit – Find out why the King of Denmark give a nose-less aristocrat the most generous research grant in history, and why this led to a pet moose getting drunk and falling to its death down the palace steps. We are two thirds of the blog “Tycho’s nose” and will give you the biography of our eponymous appendage and its attached astronomer, Tycho Brahe.

Emily Mayhew – What form of complex, long term casualty was experienced by soldiers in 21st century Afghanistan AND by those from the Great War?  Dr Emily Mayhew will tell you the answer as well as teaching you how to say two of the most complicated names in all of Science AND introducing you to a truly amazing woman scientist whose achievements were a century ahead of their time.

Marc Coury – With fossil fuels running out we need to turn to alternative energy sources, what are our options? Fusion energy, the holy grail of the nuclear industry, is one such option but how far away is it?

Jo Stephenson -Ukulele-toting songstress Jo Stephenson will be singing a selection of science-y songs – some more science-y than others.

Nic Harrigan – “I will be showing you how to detect subatomic particles from the other side of the universe by consuming alcohol. Actually, there are two ways to do this – I will reveal the less traditional method.”

Emily Grossman – Emily Grossman, resident science expert on Sky1’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo and ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show, explains as many weird and wonderful science facts as she can fit into 9 minutes!

Terry Rudolph – I’m a quantum physicist who spends his weekends wondering what the *&^% is actually going on in the microscopic world. I intend to talk about what its hard to find any kind of story, never mind one that “makes sense”, and perhaps I will outline some of the more desperate and whacky avenues I have ventured up.

Manchi Chung – Nine simple science experiments in nine minutes. Let’s proudly shout about the wonders of science whether you’re in the pub, at work, in a restaurant or in the bath tub!


The gig is on Tuesday 18th November in the basement of the Star of Kings. Doors open at 7pm and the show should run till about 10pm.

Tickets are £6, and Simon has chosen the Lightyear Foundation (long-standing Showoff friends) to receive all of that money. You can buy one here


Mini-gig: SCIENCE SHOWOFF with Art-Neuro


Over in East London there’s something weird happening.

From the 6th-9th November Art Neuro will bring together brain experts and artists to create something new and distinctive. So we thought we’d better interrupt with an hour of SCIENCE CHAOS.

Come and join us for some anarchic brain fun, as the following brilliant acts entertain you with knowledge, jokes and their winning personalilties:

Steve Cross – Science Showoff MC and comedian in residence. Owner of a brain. Very rarely uses it.

David Urry – Biology songwriter and minstrel.

Ben Dornan – Brain measurer and infrequent tweeter.

Maya Kaushik – Parasite expert and posessor of scary stories.

Shailendra Rathore – Brain imager and science raconteur

And more TBC

Tickets and full details are available here: 

The gig’s at The Rag Factory (off Brick Lane) and doors will open at 7pm. Tickets are £5 but include a free drink. It’s going to be messy but marvellous, brainy but brilliant, fully-referenced but funny-as-hell. Do come along.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF at The Bloomsbury Theatre – Nov 6th


The chaotic science cabaret event, Science Showoff, your favourite chaotic night of science exploration, is back at the Bloomsbury.

Ten of UCL and London’s finest communicators of science will share their knowledge and entertain you throughout the evening with jokes, talks, music, demos and even poetry. Your host is Dr. Steve Cross, geeky joke-teller and veteran of more than 60 Science Showoffs.

Lineup includes:
Carolyn McGettigan (RHUL)
Steve Fossey (University of London Observatory)
Anna Ploszajski (UCL)
Steve Le Comber (QMUL)
Nick Neasom (UCL)
Erica McAllister (Natural History Museum)
Rob Stanley (UCL)
Jon Wood (University of Birmingham)
Cerys Bradley (UCL)

Watch for more details.

All the ticket money is being donated to Medecins Sans Frontiers

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 4.2 – Curated by Carla Washbourne. Oct 21st


For one night only Science Showoff, your favourite chaotic night of science exploration, presents a policy-themed night, curated by Dr Carla Washbourne from the UCL Dept of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. Tonight experts in all the aspects of science will train their metaphorical microscopes onto a huge variety of subjects to create a memorable and messy night for you.

Tonight, for 9 minutes each, you’ll see:

Steve Cross – “A hyper well-informed science troll” (quote from television’s Elise Bramich)

Sarah Bell ‘Dumb desalination’ – Why desalination won’t solve the world’s water problems and how it might make energy and pollution problems worse. Unless you live in Texas.

Oli Marsh – I’ll look at how science in social media makes G​eek Chic into Geek Clique.

Els Merry-Price – The MSc of Microwear to Monkeys: When Science Goes Horribly Wrong”. The lesser spotted side of public science (even worse than the null hypothesis) featuring the tragic tale of tupperware and some seriously fat monkeys…

Cerys Bradley – Spiders and sex; an evaluation of evolution. With other animal facts.

Sarah Day – What is a boulder? Is this a petrified finger? (picture attached). How do I stab someone with a meteorite? Was setting up a geology enquiries inbox the worst idea I’ve ever had? At least some of these questions will be answered.  

Tasha Bray – set details tbc

Sophie Scott – I will re-create the Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphone for science.

Thrish Nanayakkara – Try to estimate the weight of a book, and guess why you gently bobbed it up down several times. I will try to share some thoughts on this based on our recent experiments on embodied perception

Carla Washbourne – A scenic tour through science policy: calling at Newcastle, London, Edinburgh (and an inexplicably large number of fields in the middle of nowhere)

And more to come!

Tickets cost £6 (plus a 60p booking fee) and all of that £6 will go to Global Generation who support young people to create the sustainable in which they want to live. You can buy a ticket here:

The gig is on October 21st, in the basement of the Star of Kings in Kings Cross. Doors open at 7pm, and the gig should finish at about 10pm.


Love Science?

Have something to say about it?

Looking for the nicest audience there is?

Based in the South-West?

I have news for you.

We’re coming back to Bristol for one of our bimonthly takeovers of the magnificent Grain Barge pub (it’s genuinely on a boat! It’s really exciting) for an evening of science-themed chaotic cabaret starring YOU.

Eight brilliant Bristolians (or those from nearby) are wanted to perform 9 minute sets of any kind about any sort of science. We welcome science presentations, demos, comedy, music, interpretive dance whatever you’ve got as long as it’s about science. This gig is perfect if you’re a scientist eager to get out more, a science teacher who wants to have an audience of adults for once, a science fan who wants to try a stage out for the first time, a musician or comedian with some experimental science material to try out or ANYONE AT ALL WHO LIKES FUN AND SCIENCE.

Signup here to perform: sets are up to 9 minutes long.

The gig is in the evening on Thursday Nov 20th (we’ll need performers from 6.30ish to 10.00ish) with doors opening at 7.00pm.

GEEK SHOWOFF 7 – October 27th, Old Queens Head London



Oh science.

You do go on sometimes: “Higgs Boson this… fMRI that… give me more money… don’t ask questions… blah blah blah…”

Couldn’t we hear about something else for once?

Yes. Yes we can.

GEEK SHOWOFF, the non-science version of Science Showoff is back with a lineup of brilliant obsessives and passionate lovers of things that will blow you away. Join us for a night of chaotic explorations of the things we love, and help raise money for an amazing charity (Arts Emergency) at the same time.

Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross – glasses-wearer and ubernerd
Charlotte Young – artist and creator of the unexpected
Helen Clarkson - Showoff stage manager and cycling hero
Dawn Foster – political journalist and Sky News starlet
Nathan Willcock – comedian and dreamer of dreams
Cerys Bradley – Criminal Scientist and pop culture dynamo
Sam Wong – PR guru and erstwhile bioLOLogist
Kimberley Freeman – Jewellery purchaser and bakelite sniffer
Juliet Jacques – Writer and scourge of Twitter bellends
Dave Pickering – Storyteller and tragic hero
Alice Bell – Writer and chronicler of the left

Each of these unique and individual talents will get 9 minutes to take you into their world. And then NERD THE HELL OUT.

Tickets are £5 (plus 50p booking fee) and that fiver will all go to Arts Emergency who work tirelessly to try to make the UK arts and cultural industries diverse and fun rather than stuffed with the over-fed, under-talented offspring of Tory donors. From:

Doors will open at 7.00pm on Monday October 27th. The gig should finish at about 10pm. It’s upstairs at the Old Queens Head on Essex Rd, London.

Buy a ticket. Have a great time. Maybe learn something, yeah?



Last year we played at the Manchester Science Festival. The room was full, the crowd were lovely and the quality of the local science talent was unbelievable. It is only right that this year we return for more. We’re bringing science, comedy, demos, music, chaos and mucking about back to the best city in the UK. But only for one night!

And what a lineup we have this time!

Steve Cross will be your compere and MC. He’s a science comedian and mega-nerd.

Tom Bishop – Like humans, ants come in all shapes and sizes. I love them all, and want to share my burning passion for these lovely ladies with you. 

Sheena Cruickshank – A quick trip into the scary world of parasite mind control.

Katie Steckles – Mathematician Katie Steckles is always looking for obscure mathematical results she can use to impress audiences. Armed only with a block of A4 paper and a pair of scissors, she’ll be showing off her latest favourite bit of maths.

Scott Smith – Scott is a BA turned MSc student and hopes to take you on a brief exploration of the brain. Expect popping neurons, sticky tau and a ‘fasten’ating tour of PSP. 

Martin Currie – The Raygun Consultancy, with all due humility, seeks an opportunity, to display our weaponry, of terrible lethality, spreading our philosophy, rigorously and forcefully, of the necessity, to protect reality, from a catastrophe, through Raygun tee totality. One man’s struggle to stem the flood of Ray Guns, currently engulfing us all.

Sophie Powell – Join me on the search for the secret of eternal youth and uncover the truth behind the baffling science of the cosmetic industry! Can beauty products really live up to their ambitious claims?

Phil Manning – Phil is Professor of Natural History and Director of the cross-faculty Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life (ICAL: at the University of Manchester (UK). Phil is also an STFC Science in Society Fellow, promoting science and technology to as wide an audience as possible.

Nate Adams – Highbrow research engagement through the medium of velcro, as Nate discusses his latest favourite experiment (i.e. it works) – Peak Force Quantitative Nanomechanical Mapping. There will also be party poppers…

Marcin Poblocki – Physics of FIRE and ICE (How to make a dry ice and plasma. Sublimation and ionization process).

Full details are available on the Manchester Science Festival website. Tickets are on sale in advance for £5, and all profits will go towards the Museum of Science & Industry’s charitable work in Manchester.

The gig is at MOSI, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP. Doors open at 7.00pm.