BOOKS SHOWOFF 1 – 24th May at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.

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The first of a new series of collaborations between Waterstones and comedian Steve Cross sees eight of London’s sparkiest readers take to the stage to share their passion (or intense critical appreciation) for books. Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross comedian, nerd celebrity, troublemaker and your compere. Hasn’t read a book since 2011.

Alice Bell presents a Brief History of Fan Fiction.

James Ward will be talking about secondhand books, receipts, accidental bookmarks, Google Streetview and how all of this resulted in him standing in the street and taking photographs of a stranger’s house.

Sarah Elizabeth Cox did an MA in International Relations and has probably read more books about the Cold War than your average person, but only remembers one of them. At Books Showoff she’ll discuss how the Berlin Wall wasn’t the only thing going down during 1989’s revolutionary climax.

Olivia Potts is an almost former criminal barrister, who moonlights as a cook and food writer. She’s a cookbook fanatic, and will look into her crystal mixing bowl to tell us what we’ll see from Nigella et al next.

Anne Welsh – Books sit on our shelves like undetonated bombs. Some have been captured by pirates, stopped a bullet, or sunk to the bottom of the ocean. They have told societies how to live, what to believe, and forecast the future. They’ve started wars and revolutions, and the shape of what we read, even onscreen, is still dictated, in the words of the song, by the size of a cow. Anne Welsh is big in Bibliography, and will share some cautionary tales. Tweets @AnneWelsh – mainly to a crowd of cataloguers, archivists and book historians.

Harry Harris joined a Finnegans Wake reading group and immediately found out just out of his depth he was surrounded by experts in politics, modernism, classics and Irish History – four things quite key in understand the Wake, he thinks…he’s really not sure, to be honest, but he’ll do his best to explain what he’s been doing on Tuesday nights for the past 5 months.

Melanie Ramdarshan“My talk will be about the misadventures of a Peruvian illegal immigrant.”

Kayleigh Betterton – “You know when you said ‘antiquarian books’ Miss, I thought you were talking about fishes…” Kayleigh Betterton is book-collector and teacher; reading, writing and educating young people about books on a daily basis. Tonight she will be talking about what happens when you introduce a group of South London teenagers to a collection of priceless, antique first editions.

The gig is in the basement of the cool new Waterstones on the south end of Tottenham Court Road (it’s in one of the units that used to be big flash electronics shops) on Tuesday May 24th. Doors open 7pm. There is a lovely bar (yay!) and a lift down to the basement.

Tickets are £5 from here.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF BATH 5th May

NEED A BIT MORE GEEK IN YOUR LIFE BUT WANT TO GET A PROPER EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SAME TIME?

Steve Cross, our host, comedian, nerd celebrity, troublemaker and founder of Science Showoff is back at The Edge for a line-up that will never be repeated, performed in ways you’ve never seen before.

Steve is joined by nanomaterial specialist, chemist, engineer, writer and TV presenter Suze Kundu along with Maia Elliot who brings unique ways of talking about the latest DNA science to all sorts of audiences.

Joining us from University of Bath is Director of the Centre for Death and Society John Troyer who sees Dead People. And he knows how the story ends.  Every time. We are also delighted to welcome Social Scientist and postdoctoral researcher Oli Williams, and Chemical Engineering PhD student Parimala Shivaprasad.

Parimala specialises in reaction engineering – asking ‘what connects a sheep and a DJ?’ whilst Oli uses art and design as part of the AWL art collective, to highlight health inequalities and instigate change.

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HISTORY SHOWOFF London, Star of Kings, May 11th

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At the last History Showoff we made some incredible discoveries. It turned out that Steve our MC was only not aware that Edward the 8th had ever ruled the UK, he was also unaware of the preceding 7 Edwards, a James, Queen Anne and most of the Williams.

It’s a good thing he knows people who can actually talk about real history in hilarious and entertaining ways. And it’s an even better thing that loads of those people want to come on stage and be hilarious for charity.

On May 11th join us for a night of complex chaotic comedy about the olden days. You’ll see:

Steve Cross – comedian and MC. Vaguely aware that real history doesn’t have dragons in.

Iszi Lawrence – founder and host of the Z list, Dead list podcast and likely to replace the “Great Man Theory Of History” with the “lots of pretty useless people from all sorts of genders theory of history”.

Kerry Lambeth – surprisingly-knowledgeable history expert given that she mainly learns about it in the pub, rather than from a Professor.

Paul Duncan McGarrity – archaeologist and comedian. Can you DIG his humour? (Paul has asked me to make clear that he did not write this joke to describe his own work and is, indeed, ashamed of it).

Catherine Fletcher – Early modern historian at the University of Swansea and expert in the weird ways we talk about history in public and the media.

Rebecca Rideal – Our favourite rennaisance woman of the history world (not in the sense of studying the rennaisance. The other sense) returns to share some more expertise from behind the scenes of your favourite history departments, publishing and TV shows.

Harriet Braine – This top class musical comedian and art history expert bring some much needed harmony to proceedings.

And more!

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings on Wednesday May 11th. Doors open 7pm and the gig starts at 7.30. Tickets are available online for £6 (plus 60p booking fee). Any left on the door will cost £8. All ticket money will go to charity.

Over 18s only.

 

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.7, 16th May, Star of Kings, London

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Hello science fans! Would you like a night of enlightening nerdy entertainment with a rich seam of hearty laughter right through the middle? “Wouldn’t that be like having a delicious cake that has somehow been filled with an even more delicious yet quite different cake, Steve?”. Yes, dear reader it would. And it will be a TREAT.

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Science Showoff marries chaos, comedy and science in a three-way formal relationship that would be illegal if they were people. Tonight we host a lineup stuffed with fresh science talent, with a couple of seasoned pros to keep this complicated mixed metaphor afloat. You’ll see:

Steve Cross – Comedian and your MC for the night. Love crisps.

Tim Maynard – Chameleons live!! natures super heroes! The most awesome, amazing beasts on the planet!

Flo Schechter – Think homosexuality is unnatural? There are at least 1500 species who would disagree with you.

Dan Stowell – Dan Stowell will talk about the unexpected consequences of inventing a
machine for recognising birdsong.

Adam Woodhall – Adam Woodhall is a force for good, taking you on a journey to a galaxy far far away…

Claire Asher – Claire is a freelance science writer, communicator, and innovation officer for the London NERC DTP. She’ll be taking us on a whistle-stop tour of evolutionary biology, from meerkats to slime moulds, all the way to the future of homo sapiens.

Hannah Cameron – 3d printing based humour with Hannah and TinyBoy, where you will learn about pineapples, bulbasaurs and printing/life fails.

And more to come!

The gig is at the Star of Kings on May 16th, with door sopening at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 which will all go to the SANE Mental Health Charity. They’re avilable here. If we don’t sell out in advance, tickets on the door will be £8.

NEVER EXPLAIN – Podcast panel show recordings in May

What would happen if science was as entertaining as, well, entertainment?

Never Explain is a brand new panel show all about making science funny. We’re helping science escape from a world where charisma-free middle-aged men just wait to explain the right answer, and opening a portal to riotous fun to appeal to people who love entertainment but might not give a toss about science. This is science by entertainment’s rules, happy to get things wrong, mess about and let chaos loose on stage.

Join team captains Steve Cross and Suze Kundu,  host Professor Sophie Scott and special guests from the worlds of comedy and science for an evening of bitching, niggling, fighting, talking over each other, ridiculous suggestions and clever answers that turn out to be wrong. And laughs. Lots of laughs.

To give you an idea of tone, here’s the face that the glamorous Suze does when she sees Steve:

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The recordings are in the super-plush basement of the Bloomsbury Studio in May. The show will run from 7.30pm to about 10.00, and we’re recording two episodes a night with a break. Tickets come from these links:

3rd May, Never Explain, The Other Comedy Panel Show Podcast, Bloomsbury Studio

with Prof Sophie Scott, Steve Cross, Suze Kundu, Sarah Bennetto (Storyteller’s Club), Kent Valentine (Professional Generalist) and Dan Schreiber (No Such Thing As A Fish)

10th May, Never Explain, The Other Comedy Panel Show Podcast, Bloomsbury Studio

with Jaye Foreman, Steve Cross, Suze Kundu, John-Luke Roberts (Alternative Comedy Memorial Society), Louise Inman (Nerd Nite London) and Cerys Bradley (debate champ).

17th May, Never Explain, The Other Comedy Panel Show Podcast, Bloomsbury Studio

with Prof Sophie Scott, Steve Cross, Suze Kundu, Samantha Baines (Baines plus One podcast, Call the Midwife), Jamie Upton (Art Necro) and Chiara Ambrosio (UCL philosopher and historian)

NEVER EXPLAIN has been developed by Steve Cross and Elise Bramich and is financially supported by the Wellcome Trust.

NEVER EXPLAIN – Pilot recording, April 6th, London

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The first ever recording of a brand new panel show all about making science funny. We’re helping science escape from a world where charisma-free middle-aged men just wait to explain the right answer, and opening a portal to riotous fun to appeal to people who love entertainment but might not give a toss about science. This is science by entertainment’s rules, happy to get things wrong, mess about and let chaos loose on stage.

Join team captains Steve Cross and Suze Kundu, guest host Elise Bramich and special guests Lydia Nicholas and Oli Marsh for an evening of bitching, niggling, fighting, talking over each other, ridiculous suggestions and clever answers that turn out to be wrong. And laughs. Lots of laughs.

To give you an idea of tone, here’s the face that the glamorous Suze does when she sees Steve:

Suze looks annoyed at Steve

The recording is in the basement of the Star of Kings on April 6th, with doors opening at 7pm. The show will run from 7.30pm to about 9.00. Tickets are £5 in advance or £8 on the door. The link to buy them is http://www.wegottickets.com/event/355177 and the Facebook event is at https://www.facebook.com/events/908237322607493/

NEVER EXPLAIN has been developed by Steve Cross and Elise Bramich and is financially supported by the Wellcome Trust.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.6, 15th March, Star of Kings, London

It’s another new talent night here at the top chaotic science comedy cabaret night in London.
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We’ve sourced five incredible acts, all new to Showoff, to join our merry community where anyone can do any kind of performance about any kind of science. They’re a mixture of new talent and experienced science communicators making their Showoff debut.
Keith Bradnam – ‘the seasonality of death’ (fun eh?)…about the times of the year and the times of the week when people are more likely to die (as well as the reasons behind such seasonality).
Anthony O’Reilly – I’ll be doing a spoken word poem called “This is your brain on…”
Robin Andrews – I’ll be talking about about how volcanoes can both kick-start life on Earth, before spending the rest of their time trying to end it, the bastards. Expect supervolcanoes, nuclear weapons, North Korea and Prometheus to come into it all, somehow.
Abi Aspen – Meat engineer, with set details soon to follow.
Donal Vaughan – Donal is a multi-award winning Irish comedian who does science-based comedy all over the UK and Ireland. Covering many topics he specialises in the ‘Physics of Fatness’.
We’re also welcoming back a few old hands, rejoining the Showoff crew to hold the hands of our newbies.
Suze Kundu – nanomaterials researcher, unicorn-botherer and television star
Jamie Gallagher – King of Glasgow public engagement, salsa machine and science comedian
Maia Elliott – Dutch
And of course they’ll be marshalled by grizzled science sergeant major, compere and comedian, Steve Cross.

The gig is on Tuesday March 15th in the basement at the Star of Kings, London. Doors open 7pm and show starts at 7.30 sharp. These usually sell out (we keep the room small to make the gigs lovely) so do buy early to ensure a place!

TICKETS COME FROM HERE They are £6 plus booking fee (60p). If we don’t sell out there will be tickets on the door for £8 each.

This month all ticket money goes to Rethink Mental Illness https://www.rethink.org/