Science Showoff Cambridge – 10th October, Portland Arms

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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.

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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

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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.

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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! http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/science-show-off-2016/rhoda-mcgaw-theatre/

 

 

 

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

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

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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.
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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

JULY 6th – NEVER EXPLAIN recording plus Samantha Baines Edinburgh preview

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Join the Science Showoff team for a special recording of Never Explain, the comedy science panel show that elevates swearing and fighting above facts and explanation. Then in the second half enjoy a special preview of Samantha Baines‘ space-themed Edinburgh show, 1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox.

Never Explain stars Steve Cross, Lydia Nicholas, Brian Mackenwells, Robin Andrews and Bhavani Espathi.

The gig is at the Star of Kings in the basement. Doors open at 7pm, with the show starting at 7.30. Tickets are £6 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/365829

You can get previous episodes of Never Explain from these links:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/never-explain-other-science/id1118660823?mt=2
http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:217971185/sounds.rss
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SCIENCE SHOWOFF Croydon Comedy Festival, June 23rd

Join us for a special gig in the crown of Surrey, as Science Showoff comes to Croydon for the Croydon Comedy Festival.

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Tonight’s acts are:

Steve Cross – science comedian, nerd and troublemaker
Florence Schechter – science YouTube star
Gregory Akerman – comedian, geek and worrier about the endtimes
Sophie Meekings – neuroscientist, language expert and whittlerJamie Upton – science writer, performer and storyteller

The gig’s at The Gold Coast at 7.30pm on the 23rd June. Full details, including how to buy tickets, are here.

BOOKS SHOWOFF 2 – June 24th, Waterstones TCR, London

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The second of a series of literary collaborations between a bookshop with a cool cocktail bar and a man who makes nerds funny for a living is here!

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We bring together readers, writers, publishers, comedians, librarians and booksellers to entertain you by talking about all the words they’ve been stuffing into their huge brains. Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross – Your MC tonight is a comedian who was put off books as a science student when he realised that some of them cost more than anything he had ever owned in his life.

Catherine Fletcher – Catherine writes history books. She would like to know why so many history readers are obsessed with the Nazis.

Ed Jefferson – I will be exploring the complete literary canon of ‘books about Nicolas Cage’.

Stephen Thomas – Stephen  is the founder of Folkroom Records, where musicians go to be discovered by much more famous, well-financed records labels. He’ll be looking into a collection of love letters from fans to their 1970s idols. Barry Manilow features heavily.

Robin Bray – I’ll be talking about re-building a library after the apocalypse, starting with goats and geese – a practical description of setting about making books from available raw materials.

Sophie Scott – set details tbc

Ali Mozzafari – How can you teach theoretical physics to your dog?

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 Friday June 24th. Doors open 7pm. There is a lovely bar (yay!) and a lift down to the basement.

Tickets are £5 from here.