The Over-Analysers’ Book Club presents: DRACULA – Thursday 10 May – Waterstones TCR

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“We learn from failure, not from success!”

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The Over-Analysers’ Book Club treats Dracula by Bram Stoker to an hour and a half of our attention in the lovely basement bar of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road on 10 May.

Six acts from the worlds of academia and comedy have nine minutes each to sink their teeth into this gothic classic and suck out its strangest, silliest, most interesting, or downright filthy angles for your entertainment.

The line up, compered by Steve Cross, includes

Amanda DiGioia, PhD Student at SSEES, UCL, looking at the Daddies in Dracula: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Recovering soil scientist Sarah Jones on what Dracula should’ve known about soil science. What exactly is in his boxes?

Layla McCay, MC of the world-famous story sleuthing show Perfect Liars Club, looks beyond blood with an epicurean analysis of appetites in Dracula

Genuine Romanian Alina Paduraru on Romania and immigration

Jess Hindes has a PhD in Victorian literature – she’ll be talking about Mina Barker’s secretarial skills and the idea of an administrator-heroine

Becky Littlechilds on the role of sacralisation and ecclesiastical law in Dracula specifically and vampiric law more generally

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

Ages 18+ only please! (Blame Amanda ;))

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Science Showoff – Wednesday 9 May – Star of Kings, London

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Should you lick a rock?

Ukuleles: why?

What ARE engineers?!

Joining your compere Steve Cross on the Star of Kings (King’s Cross, London) stage to answer all your burning science questions are:

Social scientist Taha Khan, who is perpetually hoping that general geekiness is an acceptable substitute for having absent teachers throughout GCSE science

Cambridge’s Kate Feller on how mantis shrimp made her learn to play the ukulele

Holly Hall from UCL explaining the neuroscience of everyday altruism and how we can use it to combat global issues such as discrimination and environmental pollution

Hana Ayoob talking about how going on safari revealed she might have a heart of stone, and why her zoology degree is partly to blame

In the wilderness between degree and PhD, Matthew Kemp from Cambridge will take you on a geological journey from licking rocks to coding and back again

What is the hidden truth about engineers? Hayley Loren reveals all

Belle Taylor asks what makes a Slytherin, and why has science turned her into one?

Jonathan Cairns trying to persuade you that using data science in medicine to save lives is cool, even though he isn’t

Doors are 7pm for a 7.30 start

All proceeds from ticket sales go to charity. Book HERE. (£6.60)

Never Explain (the worst-behaved science comedy panel show) – Thursday 12th April

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Never Explain is a new science comedy panel show podcast from Steve Cross. It’s science made hilarious, awkward and weird, where the right answer gets you no friends and making jokes at each other’s expense is the key to being a winner.

Join us at The Harrison Gastro Pub & Hotel in London on Thursday 12th April for two shows as the cream of the Science Showoff Talent Factory take on the rest of the world to find out who can say the funniest things, and stir the most sh*t, while never really getting to the real science.

In game one Aimee Eckert (glamorous star of Dr Jiggs Bowson’s Charming Science Friends) and Matt Hutchinson (curator and compere of Mixtape At The Albany) take on Fran Day (physics comedian) and Faz Alam (the world’s funniest detective of medical fraud).

In game two Mike Conterio (host of The Variables Presents in Cambridge) and Hannah Thompson (winner of numerous science communication competitions) go head to head with an all-Nottingham team made up of Shalaka Kurup and Kath Thomas (both veterans of Bright Club and Science Showoff).

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start

Science Showoff – Wednesday 4th April – Star of Kings

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What do you mean six Showoffs in three weeks is too much showing off? We reject this hypothesis. More science! More comedy! More Star of Kings basement! More brilliant, smart, hilarious people raising a ton of money for charity!

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Joining compere Steve Cross on Wednesday 4th April are:

Sarah Bell from UCL, who has been trying to figure out how to be a feminist engineer for at least 25 years. It’s bewildering. She’ll be talking about her own misadventures and the problem with lipstick

Imperial College’s Alina Paduraru doing something super cool&awesome&bae about the immune system #PhDGoals

Nathan Green, also from Imperial, talking about Ronald Fisher and Karl Pearson, two godfathers of statistics who hated each other

Peter Kelly has been a pharmacist for ten years and also runs healthy living campaigns in schools. He’ll be making us laugh while informing us about living our best healthy life

Why do charities want to make us cry? Bhavani Esapathi will take us through her journey of living with four autoimmune diseases and all the socially uncomfortable moments she’s experienced that led to founding of The Invisible Labs which, let’s just say is designed to bring all that’s socially inappropriate about chronic diseases into the mainstream framework of our minds.

Plus more from Steven Lee

 

The Over-Analysers’ Book Club presents: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Wednesday 11 April – Waterstones TCR

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The fourth edition of our Books Showoff spinoff – The Over-Analysers’ Book Club – sees six performers from the worlds of reading, writing, publishing, academia and comedy over-analyse Philip K Dick’s classic book, each taking a different entertaining angle.

Joining compere Steve Cross in the lovely Waterstones Tottenham Court Road basement bar are:

Sophie Meekings talking about the often criminally ignored “sheep” subplot of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Spoiler: SHEEP ARE GREAT

James Kneale on the Penfield Mood Organ and why you only need to read the first four pages of DADoES to get the whole novel, as well as most of the important things about Dick’s life

Rob Eagle is the bastard love child of Philip K Dick and William Gibson, researching virtual reality that allows users to explore another person’s world. How can we use VR to reimagine and play with gender roles and binaries? DADoES paints a dystopic future for technology and our ability as a society to feel empathy. Some of the ’60s tech is now coming true, and we only need to look at the rise of nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment to see that Britain has an empathy crisis at the moment. Scary stuff…

Alice Bell: At least in the Blade Runner films, the weather is really shit. Plus why the best baddies are solar powered baddies

Plus more from comedian Iszi Lawrence, and computer scientist and sex tech expert Dr Kate Devlin

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

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HISTORY SHOWOFF – April 5th, Southwark Cathedral Library

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History Showoff is finally south of the Thames! Not very far south of the Thames admittedly, but one small step at a time.

Join an incredible lineup of historians, comedians, religious figures and experts for a night of hilarious stories of religious history and history of London.

Starring:
Steve Cross – comedian and our compere
Julia Bourke
Hailey Bachrach
Becky Littlechilds
Jim Craig
Kate Harford
Lucy Talbot
Oskar Schortz
Jessica O’Neill

The gig is on Thursday April 5th in the Library of Southwark Cathedral. Tickets come from here, and the doors open at 7pm.

CITY OF LONDON SHOWOFF – March 22nd, The City Centre, London

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Thursday the 22nd March marks our first ever City of London Showoff, bringing funny experts and nerdy comedians together for hilarious stories and quirky facts about the Square Mile.

Expect history, architecture, planning, civil engineering, jokes, entertainment and strong opinions from a lineup including:

Steve Cross – nerd comedian and the brains behind the Showoff empire. Once invested in a nigerian budget airline and lost all his money.

Ed Jefferson – journalist, writer and the inventor of the Waterloo and City line pub crawl.

Pip Jefferis – Civil engineer and roadbuilder

Oli Broadbent – Concrete fanatic and thinker of big thoughts

Charlotte Mykura – genetic scientist and London obsessive

Hannah Cameron – Landscape architect, designer and maker of plastic pineapples

Eleanor Morton – genius of the comedy world

The gig is at The City Centre, which is attached to the Guildhall in the City. It starts at 19:30 sharp and tickets come from here. They are £13 which includes a free wine, beer or soft drink (and more drink is available after that).