ENGINEERING SHOWOFF – Manchester, October 26th



Science Showoff is teaming up with the Royal Academy of Engineers to help make engineers funny and give them a chance to share their work with new audiences in a humourous way. Engineering Showoff is here!

Join us in Manchester for the first gig of our tour, and meet eight amazing local engineers with hilarious stories to share. We’re part of the Manchester Science Festival and the gig’s on the evening of Weds October 26th at Pub/Zoo.

Engineer Anna Ploszajski at Geek Showoff

Engineer Anna Ploszajski at Geek Showoff

Tonight you’ll meet these amazing and hilarious folk:

Steve Cross – comedian and founder of Science Showoff. Obsessed with concrete, rebar and breaking things.

Matt Dickinson – Associate Lecturer in Computer Aided Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire

Alison Benn – Mechanical Engineer for Astra Zeneca

Jane MacGruer – Process Improvement Manager for Galaxy Optical.  A lean, mean, standard operating procedure producing machine.  If you’ve got a process, I’ll map it, document it, analyse it, and look for efficiency savings.

Nick McCloud -Electronics and Software engineer

Matthew RoyLecturer in Materials for Demanding Environments, University of Manchester.

Mairi Olivier – Design Engineer.

Tickets are available for £5 in advance from All ticket money will be given to Manchester Science Festival to help fund their outreach to Manchester’s science fans.

MC Steve Cross and a science expert

MC Steve Cross and a science expert

Engineering Showoff is funded by an Ingenious grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Want to know any more? EMAIL engineer AT to find out more or get involved in performing at another of our gigs.

MY NAKED MOLE RAT LIFE – 2nd November, Star of Kings


Following a completely sold out performance at Somerset House with “What Humans Can Learn From Naked Mole Rats” (part of the Utopia Season), naked mole rat lover Steve Cross and friends come to the Star of Kings for a night celebrating the best animal in the world.


Tonight you’ll meet some of the UK’s biggest naked mole rat experts and obsessives, with their amazing stories of letting sabre-toothed sausages into their lives. Expect cancer-dodging science, sweet potato recipes, and more.

The performers are:

Steve Cross – The comedian whose naked mole rat obession has taken him across Europe to meet loads of identical colonies of these basically identical personality-less animals.

Chris Faulkes – the daddy of naked mole rat breeding and science in the UK.

Sarah Cox – Sarah is a self-styled press officer for naked mole rats and has talked many an unsuspecting journalist into publicising the GREATEST ANIMAL EVER. She owns a hand-painted naked mole rat pillow.

Kelly-Anne Kelleher – Naked mole rat zookeeper and the person who brought popcorn into the naked mole rat world.

Charlotte Mykura – molecular biologist and naked mole rat fanatic.


Prof Karmadillo – Singer of science with a strong song about the sabre-toother sausage.

Steve Le Comber – Queen Mary, University of London’s top mathematician and modeller explores how naked mole rats can help us medically treat the results of human violence better.

Tickets for this gig are available from for £6 in advance or £8 on the door. All ticket money will be given to Macmillan Cancer Support. Doors open 7pm, gig starts 7.30.

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings, on York Way in London.

Dr Jiggs Bowson’s Charming Science Friends – BRIGHTON, 26th Nov

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER a new night of science, cabaret, music and fun featuring the cream of Brighton talent, a couple of shipped-in celebs and all curated and MCed by science, hoedown and lipsyncing star Dr Jiggs Bowson. She’s exactly like the west end of Brighton; peerless. Prepare to leave with your tiny hearts broken by her whimsy and wickedness!


DJBCSF is a brand new event designed to represent the city it lives in, blending vintage chic, end-of-the-pier bawdiness and high camp but with one eye on the world-leading science and technology research happening in and around Brighton.

For our first ever gig we bring you these incredible acts:

Katie Ptasińska – Scientist by day and comedian by night, Katie is Poland’s answer to Tina Fey & she is on a personal mission to improve public perceptions of her experimental organism – yeast.

Dr Kayleigh Wardell – Prepare for the silliest and most hilarious explanation of human fertilisation you will ever see by genetics researcher and science communicator Kayleigh.

Oliver Assetts – Drag King Oliver Assets is the master of a million miserable faces. #ReluctantlySexy, his deadpan performance guarantees there won’t be a single dry seat in the house.


Alex Lathbridge – Cancer researcher Alex brings you Rapstract: All science communication will eventually hit a hip-hop singularity. Come and find out why.



Sam Lake – 2016’s South Coast Comedian of the Year (he’s banned from all other coasts), one-time Countdown contestant and Computer Science graduate (that counts as science, right?) Sam will bring you some gloriously geeky stand-up.

Dr Suzanne Harvey – Suzanne is a Biological Anthropologist interested in primate communication and social behaviour. An aspiring Dr Doolittle, she will be translating gibbon song into English in a bid to answer the burning question on everyone’s mind: Are gibbons really as monogamous as we’re led to believe?

Professor Kaos – Science magician and theatrical producer Prof. Kaos is a master of performing incredible science demonstrations all over the UK. This act is sure to be electrifying!

Professor (actually a professor) Sophie Scott – neuroscientist, brain wrangler and full on sexy science celebrity.
Steve Cross – The End-Of-Level boss of science comedy. A lover, not a fighter. The clever one from the unrivalled Masterpiece Bookshelf podcast. A world leader in naked mole rat fandom. Your secret crush.



Tickets are £7 (plus 70p booking fee) in advance or £10 on the door (but let’s be honest they’ll probably sell out in advance), from

DJBCSF is a partnership with Science Showoff and is financially supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Science Showoff Cambridge – 10th October, Portland Arms


The chaotic science comedy cabaret comes to Cambridge. Join MC Steve Cross, headliner Sarah Bennetto and some amazing new Cambridge science comedy talent for a night of laughing, learning and larking about.


Your MC will be Steve Cross, science comedian and celebrity nerd. He’ll be joined by the cream of Cambridge biology talent, making funny about their research:

Philipe Bujold
Paul Kirk
Dana Galili
Sarah Madden
Alisa Molotova
Stanley Strawbridge
Heidi Solberg Økland
And more!

And your headliner Sarah Bennetto, founder of Storyteller’s Club and one of the funniest and loveliest comedians in Britain.

This event is a partnership with the Wellcome Trust – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and all your ticket money (except the booking fee) will be given to the charity Parkinson’s UK.

The gig is on the 10th October at the Portland Arms in Cambridge. Doors will open at 6.30 and the show starts at 7pm prompt! Tickets are £5 in advance from here. Tickets on the door will cost more (£7) so do buy in advance to guarantee your seat!

This event is part of Biology Week 2016.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF WOKING – October 1st, Rhoda Mcgaw Theatre


There was once a man called HG Wells, who tried to imagine what the future would be like.

He got it wrong. Mostly.

But at least he wrote a good story, eh? And it’s great stories and great science that we’re celebrating as part of our first appearance EVER in Woking, at the Rhoda Mcgaw Theatre on October 1st.


This gig will feature the following amazing names from the worlds of science and comedy:

Steve Cross – our MC is a comedian, troublemaker and celebrity nerd, has been with Science Showoff since the start and has very strong opinions on lots of books.

Sarah Bennetto – an amazing aussie comedian who’s been stranded in the UK for a decade, Sarah is the founder of Storyteller’s Club and might be tired from playing every festival all summer, as well as touring her Edinburgh show, “I Love You All And I Mean That Sincerely”.

Iszi Lawrence – Iszi created the Z list, Dead List series of podcasts and gigs, looking at not-so-famous historical figures and poking fun at them. She makes the history of science and medicine hilarious in a way no-one else can.

Martin Austwick – Martin’s a social physicist, a songwriter, a podcaster but it most famous as the off-mic voice “producer Martin” on Answer Me This!

Flux Dance Theatre – Flux turn science into dance, and are currently the company-in-residence at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford.

Florence Schechter – Florence is a YouTube science star and science communicator extraordinaire. Expect verbal fireworks!

Cerys Bradley – Cerys is a Crime Science PhD student, comedian, competitive debater and podcaster, with a wit faster than a Cray integrates factions.

Join us for an unrepeatable night of science shenanigans, from some of the funniest science folk the UK has to offer!

The gig is at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre (The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ) on Saturday October 1st. Get tickets here, quick!




SCIENCE SHOWOFF presents ANIMAL SHOWOFF, July 19th, Star of Kings


Chaos + science + comedy + conservation + an animal that looks like an armadillo being as cute as hell = Pangolin Conservation at Science Showoff.


This is a dead pangolin ie what we’re trying to avoid.

Join nerd celebrity and comedian Steve Cross, and a cast of animal experts hand-picked by London Zoo’s Kelly-Anne Kelleher for a night of learning and laughter, with all the ticket money going towards keeping a few more weird scaly mammals alive.

Tonight you’ll see these folk talking about their favourite animals:

Terri Hill – Wild Equid specialist, the luckiest girl in the world, or otherwise known as “zebra girl” and I keep zebras in my garden!

Nicky Plaskitt – Birds, birds, birds!

Andy Davison – Okapi

Lucy Hawley – Seahorses

Olivia Neville – The Great Pangolin Quiz

Catherine Cheyne – Eternal Oblivion: The Aye Aye’s have it

Mark Habben

Adam Hemsley

The gig is at the Star of Kings on July 19th, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 which will all go to Kelly’s chosen pangolin conservation charity They’re available HERE. If we don’t sell out in advance, tickets on the door will be £8.


BOOKS SHOWOFF 3 – July 21st, Waterstones TCR

The third installment 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.
Affectionately known as London’s first chaotic open-mic night about books, Books Showoff is unapologetically raucous, irreverent, and hysterical.

Steve Cross – Our MC and currently reading a book about the zoology of termites, written by a man who didn’t know any zoology. And happy about this.

Joey Connolly – I’ll be talking about a spreadsheet I made. It’s a spreadsheet of all the books I’ve read since I stopped reading books which were mostly pictures. It’s got data on everything from genre to gender to grandness and outwards to almost everything there is about a book. It’s got graphs. It’s got serious graphs. It’s an act of perhaps unparalleled alphanumeric nerdery. What kind of extravagantly self-interested mind would make such a thing? Find out on the 21st of July.

Keith Kahn-Harris – ‘The books I will never write’; My ‘Impossible Books’ project.

Rachel Wheeley – Rachel Wheeley takes an appreciative look at the Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Why science fiction is fascinating and whether H2G2 could have been the text of a Scientology style religion, if only its readers had less sense.

Sarah Bennetto – The aussie comedian and storyteller will take us deep inside her favourite book, and reveal the mess inside in a way that only she can.

Sean Smith – “Your mind, my thane, is as a book where men may read strange matters.”  Bring your favourite book, and mindreader and magician Sean Smith will tell you what it reveals about you.

Joel Blackledge – Joel Blackledge is a writer, filmmaker and middlebrow enthusiast. He’ll be talking about Love & Rockets, a comic book series that is slightly older than him and considerably more successful.

Micheal Eades – Michael  will be talking about his secret life as a Surrealist book collector.

Richard Duguid – Richard has worked at Penguin Books for nearly 30 years, doing fundamentally the same job. His late father also did that job at Penguin, for 32 years. His son is at university studying chemistry.

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 Thursday July 21st. Doors open 7pm. There is a lovely bar (yay!) and a lift down to the basement.

Tickets are £5 from HERE