Science Showoff – Wednesday 7 February – Star of Kings


On Wednesday 7th February we’re bringing you a super-talented Talent Factory line-up of the UK’s funniest, freshest, science communication stars-of-the-present-and-definitely-of-the-future.

As usual, all proceeds go to charity. Book now.

PhD neuroscientist Oz Ismail is on a quest to clean the dirtiest of brains… including his own

Lucy Eckersley asks: Is conservation a feminist issue?

Cass Hugill has travelled half away around the world from the depths of down under to bring you her own flair and flavour of science comedy

Belle Taylor questioning whether her PhD turned her into a Slytherin

Hannah Thompson talking about Western blots and their role in a PhD

Matt Jay discussing the highlights of his deeply personal biological irregularities.

Plus more from PhD student studying microbes and minerals, Sarah Jones and Hannah Cameron, a maker by trade and a massive fan of 3D printing

Doors open at the Star of Kings, York Way, at 7pm





Science Showoff – new acts night! Tues 16 January, Star of Kings, London


With a new year comes a new line-up of TOTALLY NEW Science Showoff acts, never seen before on our Star of Kings stage.

Get tickets now, discover the next generation of scicomm superstars, and help raise money for Rethink Mental Illness.

Joining your host Steve Cross at the Star of Kings, York Way, London, on Tuesday 16th January, are:

Julia Galbenu, an environmental science warrior fighting for our planet: from teaching to vlogging, writing and presenting, she’s determined to do all she can to get the message out there

Sarah Leach talking about how to use monsters to find new species

Jason Davison, mathematical magician, performing mathematical magic

Helen Betham on weird animal mating rituals

Samuel Bestall discusses the less than glamorous realities of life after gastric band surgery

Carmen D’Cruz – co-host and organiser of London Skeptics in the Pub since 2009, an award winning monthly series of interesting talks promoting critical thinking… in a pub

Ness Carson on why we make amino acids in the lab that can’t be found in nature

Plus more from Donna Ward


JANUARY 16th – NEW ACT NIGHT Sign up to perform

It’s a new year and a new you.

And you’ve never performed at Science Showoff before. So now’s the time.

You’ve seen everyone else take part and have an amazing time but somehow you’ve not yet taken the stage. Now is your chance.

Go to this Doodle. Grab a slot:

Be part of the Showoff magic. All we ask from you is a set of up to 9 minutes in length on a stage. You can be anyone, doing anything, about any kind of science. We love talks, demos, comedy, dance, music, short plays, sketches, clips of podcasts with discussion, drag, burlesque, rap, musical theatre ANYTHING that relates to science at all.

The gig is on the 16th January in the basement of the Star of Kings on York Way in LONDON, and we’ll need you from 7pm. There’s no pay for the gig because all the ticket money will be donated to charity.

Even international science star Alex Lathbridge had to start somewhere. Join us.

The Over-Analysers’ Book Club presents: Frankenstein. Monday 29 January, Waterstones TCR

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Books Showoff will return in 2018 with a new and exciting format.

Once a month in 2018 you’ll find us in the basement cocktail bar of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road where six performers from the worlds of reading, writing, publishing, academia and comedy will over-analyse the same classic book, each taking a different entertaining angle.

In January 2018 it’s the turn of Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN (1818).

Thwarted in his desire to create the perfect man, Victor Frankenstein cannot deal with all his feelings about the giant, ugly baby that now wants to kill him. Victor just wishes his creature would make a little more effort. I mean, would it kill him to moisturise?

Is Frankenstein basically just about daddy issues?

Was Shelley off her face on drugs?

Why is masculinity so fragile?

Joining compere, comedian, and Masterpiece Bookshelf podcaster Steve Cross:

Dr Sarah Artt – Sarah is a Lecturer in English and Film at Edinburgh Napier University and co-leads The Age of Frankenstein Project. She thinks Frankenstein might be about makeovers.

Amanda DiGioia – Amanda is a PhD student at UCL and author of ‘Childbirth and Parenting in Horror Texts: The Marginalized and the Monstrous’ (July 2017). Frankenstein = daddy issues.

Julie Aelbrecht – Julie has two useless Master’s degrees, one of which led her to write 25,000 words about a single poem (it was a long poem). She wants to know why Frankenstein’s female characters are so boring.

Julia Bourke – Julia successfully persuaded the University of London to fund her PhD, which involved less public engagement than Dr Frankenstein’s, but also fewer murders. She will be joined by Dr Slaney, who explains why it’s important to include your creation’s monstrous bride on your impact statement.

Belle Taylor – Belle is a reluctant chemist; although her own work has thus far been far less successful than Victor Frankenstein’s. Eight years in a chemistry department means that she is no stranger to weird ideas, failed experiments and grotesque results.

Plus more from stand-up comedian Sarah Bennetto.

Line-up subject to change.

Doors are 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Please note this is earlier than Books Showoff 2016-17.

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Science Showoff special with 500 Women Scientists London – Wednesday 6th December



The UK’s best chaotic science comedy cabaret (if we do say so ourselves) has teamed up with the 500 Women Scientists London branch for an awesome night of performances by female and non-binary speakers.

All ticket money will be donated to the charity Womankind, transforming the lives of women and girls across the world.

Join us on Wednesday 6th December at the Star of Kings, London for a gig headlined by Cerys Bradley, with our line-up:

Heather Fitzke and her interdisciplinary quest for the perfect poo (story)

– Science-y sketches from Tracey Ullman’s Show writer Gemma Arrowsmith

– Crocodile and spider expert Selina Groh

– Urban health specialist and Perfect Liars Club MC Layla McCay on how cities make us feel

Eleanor Armstrong explains what it’s like working with children and lots of exploding-sciencey-things

– PhD student Maia Elliott on the biological battle of the sexes

Emma Lidington, a Californian researcher working in a London cancer hospital


CALL FOR PAPERS – Books Showoff over-analyser’s specials 2018


*comedy sets too

In 2018 Books Showoff in London is trying out a new format where together six performers from the worlds of reading, writing, publishing, academia and comedy over-analyse one book together. This means that I’m looking for people who want to talk about aspects of specific books in entertaining ways.

Right now I’m recruiting for

Jan 29th 2018 – FRANKENSTEIN
Feb 27th 2018 – LORD OF THE RINGS

There is a Doodle HERE where you can register your interest in doing a 9-minute talk/performance/set at the Frankenstein show, including letting me know the angle you would like to take on this masterpiece. Anything from “The construction of the concept of the modern scientists in Frankenstein” to “proof that Frankenstein’s Monster survives and is Data in Star Trek TNG” would excite me.

The Doodle for LotR is HERE

The shows are at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road and you get paid in free booze and half-price books.

I’m hoping to podcast these gigs if you’re willing to have your work shared in that way.

The Last Books Showoff of 2017!



We’ll be once-again entirely-unintentionally blocking out the Popular Science section with a giant screen at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on Thursday 23 November, for 2017’s final chaotic cabaret for literature lovers.

Join our compere Steve Cross in the cosy basement bar for a cocktail-fuelled compilation of quickfire talks from a line-up of authors, researchers, podcasters, comedians and other book nerds. This month with an also-accidental sciencey-theme.

The line-up includes:

– Experimental psychologist Daniel Richardson, author of Man Vs Mind
– Materials expert, trumpet player and vegan Anna Ploszajski
– PhD student and comedian Sarah Jones
– Bee expert Joe Colgan
– Biologist and joke teller Dave Christensen trying to remember why he hates Ready Player One so much
– Palaeontologist Selina Groh explains the woes of a book lover
– Edd Bankes on the Joy of Gay Sex


Plus more from Luke Murphy

Tickets are £7 from the Waterstones website or you can pay cash at the bar on the night.

Doors are 7pm for a 7.30 start.