SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.5, 22nd February, Star of Kings

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It’s fresh meat night at the longest-running no-rules science comedy cabaret with Showoff in the name in London! Tonight join the fastest and funniest science MC in the land and eights acts who have never showed off before for a night of giggling while going “oo really I didn’t know that.”

You’ll see:

Steve Cross – geek comedian and your compere. Full of new ideas for causing trouble. The world’s only tarot reader to specialise in how your PhD is going to go.

Aimee Eckert – Aimee loves learning about cells & how they divide, but they don’t always love her back. Learn some neat facts about cell division and commiserate how, in her doctoral quest to unlock some of the secrets of cancer growth, the anarchistic cells do all they can to make research as difficult as possible.

Ali Mozaffari – The History of the Universe in Shirts: I will attempt to explain the 13.8 billion years old age of the universe using nothing more than a few (colourful) shirts and a lot of (colourful) imagination, chances are you’ve never quite seen cosmology done like this!

Tayyibah Ali – A PhD student studying neuromuscular disorders at Imperial College London, basically causing the accidental death of cells, on a weekly basis.

Nina Chhita – Matters of the heart: Valentine’s day left you broken hearted? Some steps on how to mend a broken heart with a little help from tissue engineering.

Russell Arnott – Exploring The Deep: Ocean vs Space. Why have 500 people been to space but only 3 men have been to the bottom of the ocean? Let’s discuss which is harder to explore: outer space or the deep ocean…

Abbie Fearon – I’m a post doc at the ETH Zurich. Back in London for the night and decided to try out some science-based comedy while I’m around. I work in cancer research which isn’t the funniest of topics so wish me luck.

Stevie Steven – Yorkshire lad with passion for fannying about. Successfully convinced a Yorkshire legend that science can be more than a vague interest. But where are you now, dad?

Antonia ForsterPropaganda, chemical warfare, and slavery: ants have a number of terrifying tactics up their sleeve. Ant expert Antonia Forster will be giving an insight into the bizarre behaviours and fighting tactics of humanity’s most formidable six-legged nemesis.

Anaïs Masetti – I’m an undergraduate student at UCL and a trained contemporary dancer, interested in exploring the creative and emotive potential of science, particularly genetics, through dance. Hopefully through my performance you will learn more about iPS cells and I will show you that stem cell research can be a moving subject.

The gig is on Monday February 22nd 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.

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HISTORY SHOWOFF CAMBRIDGE, 23rd Feb. ACTS WANTED!

The chaotic history-themed cabaret that’s taken London by storm is coming to Cambridge and we’re looking for local historial talent!

We’re collaborating with local good-guys Historyworks for a special gig at the Portland Arms in Cambridge, and we need YOU to perform. If you’re a historian, archaeologist, researcher, curator, archivist, student, comedian, writer, history fan, or someone with some theories on the past they’ve developed in the pub.

Signup to perform here. You get 9 minutes, a microphone, a projector and the nicest crowd you’ll ever speak in front of. You can see what our gigs are like on our YouTube channel.

Come and help us answer: What happens if you fill a pub in Cambridge with clever and lovely people then invite a load of amazing experts on the past to entertain them?

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Is history funny? Or entertaining? Or enlightening? Or challenging? Or all of those things? Or something else?

What is the past? And does it matter? (these last two questions are for the hardcore physicists reading this page by accident)

Come and find out at History Showoff. We love to take over pubs, clubs and theatres for a night of exploring the olden days with all of the chaos and loveliness that you associate with Science Showoff. We secure INCREDIBLE lineups of varied people to take you into their world of the past and all to entertain you.

Signup to perform: https://doodle.com/poll/wn6kuigbqn6v9grh

Buy tickets (profits go to charity): http://historyworks.tv/projects/2015/11/23/history-stand-up-at-the-portland-arms/

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.5 – New Performers Night!

The old school rules are back in London for one night only!

When Science Showoff, a night of chaotic science and comedy cabaret, started in 2011 we let anyone and everyone to sign up to perform for us. Then we became so popular that we brought in guest curators to sculpt lineups of incredible acts for our loving public.

This February, for one night only, you can sign up to perform regardless of who has heard of you ;-)

The gig is February 22nd, in the basement of the Star of Kings on York Way in London. Sets are 9 minutes long and you can Perform in Any Style about Any Aspect of science. The event’s hosted by Steve Cross. We provide a microphone, a laptop and a projector. And a lovely audience of around 100 people. No-one gets paid because we give all the ticket money to charity.

We only want performers who have never done Science Showoff before, anywhere in the UK. That means you!

Signup to perform here: https://doodle.com/poll/5cf7nkwbwsdszerm

If you want to see the kinds of things people get up to, do check out our YouTube channel.

This gig is ideal for scientists, teachers, students, science fans, musicians, educators, film-makers, drama practitioners, dancers, hands-on demo people, writers, STS researchers and anyone else with something to show off about science.

Tickets are already on sale if you’d like to come and see this exciting lineup of fresh talent. Get one here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/347818

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HISTORY SHOWOFF 6 – Feb 3rd, Star of Kings

What happens if you fill a theatre with clever and lovely people then invite a load of amazing experts on the past to entertain them?

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Is history funny? Or entertaining? Or enlightening? Or challenging? Or all of those things? Or something else?

What is the past? And does it matter? (these last two questions are for the hardcore physicists reading this page by accident)

Come and find out at History Showoff. We love to take over pubs, clubs and theatres for a night of exploring the olden days with all of the chaos and loveliness that you associate with Science Showoff. We secure INCREDIBLE lineups of varied people to take you into their world of the past and all to entertain you.

Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross – Still trying to pretend that a knowledge of unreadable Tolkein novels is the same as knowing the real history of the real world. Comedian, MC, your secret Twitter crush.

Rebecca Rideal – ‘Apocalypse Then: Samuel Pepys and the End of Days’.

Rebecca Simon – I research the legalities of pirates’ public executions and polite society in the early modern British Atlantic. For History Showoff, I’m going to talk about the public executions of pirates and how early modern British society sensationalised these events through popular printed material, which ultimately led to the romanticisation of early modern pirates. I’ve got some very gory and detailed accounts to talk about!

Becky Littlechilds – Becky will talk about young female martyrs of the ancient Christian church and how the stories told about their deaths illustrate a fixation with the intersection of virginity, sex, and death

Sadie Harrison – Sadie is a PhD Candidate studying 17th and 18th century science at UCL.

Estelle Paranque – Teaching history: a fucking skill.

Kerry Lambeth – MYTHBUSTING and/or INTRODUCING: Margaret of Anjou, Wars of the Roses femme fatale and/or unexpectedly sensible lady!

AND MORE!

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings on Wednesday February 3rd. 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 our charity of the month, Scope.

Over 18s only.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.4 – curated by Kat Arney. Jan 19th, Star of Kings

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It’s 2016 and the time for chaotic science cabaret, stuffed with laughter, is now. Tonight’s gig is curated by the incredible Kat Arney and has a distinct theme of genetics throughout. Kat has pulled together an amazing lineup to take us into the recipe book that makes life what it is. Or blueprint. Or computer programme. Or whatever metaphor we’re using for a genome today. An app. We’re probably saying that DNA is like an app.

Photo of a gig by Tom Whyntie

TONIGHT’S ACTS ARE:

Steve Cross – Comedian and freelancer science fixer, Lord of Science Showoff. Steve is a failed geneticist and will be wincing in pain throughout the show as people present ideas he ought to understand, but doesn’t.

Misha Gajewski – I will be talking about my personal experience taking the 23&me DNA test and more broadly about direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

Gareth Hellenthal – I will show how DNA can be used to infer our history, by applying statistical methods to current large-scale DNA data resources. As an illustration, I describe the genetic structure and ancestral history of the United Kingdom, including impacts of Anglo-Saxon and Norse Viking invasions.

Priya – I’m a second year PhD student at UCL studying Genetics and Nephrology. I will be talking about genetics in the news from 2015.

Kim Warren – Kim is a PhD student trying to unravel some of the mysteries of how species happen by looking for genetic clues as to why there are so many bats. She’ll be talking about phylogenetics in general and bats in particular.

Liam Drew – Liam is writing a book about being a mammal.  He will be talking platypuses, chromosomes and sex.

Charlotte Mykura – Dive into the twisted and tangled wild of the nucleus with Charlotte Mykura and witness as she desperately attempts to make sense of what the hell is happening in there.

Kat Arney – We’ve all heard of genes – but how do they work? Kat Arney has been finding out from the leading scientists around the world, writing it all up in her new book Herding Hemingway’s Cats. From cats with thumbs to fish with hips, via blondes and penis spikes, she’ll share some of the stories she’s discovered along the way.

Philipp Boeing  – Philipp wants to do to biotechnology what Raspberry Pi has done to computing, making it accessible and affordable to all. As a co-founder of Bento Lab, he’s presenting the world’s first easy-to-use, laptop-sized DNA laboratory.

And more to be announced soon!

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings on Tuesday January 19th. 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 Kat’s chosen charity, MIND.

Over 18s only.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.3 – Curated by Dr Martin Austwick

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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF THINGS ON THE NIGHT BEFORE STAR WARS ARRIVES AND MAKES US REALISE WE WAITED SO LONG AND TALKED SO MUCH ABOUT A 120-MINUTE TOY COMMERCIAL?

Come and get a night of science brilliance, curated by Dr. Martin Austwick AKA Producer Martin AKA The Sound of The Ladies AKA Beard Man of The Year 2014? We have a whole plateful of chaotic science goodness for you, courtesy of the great man. Join us for:

Steve Cross – Science Showoff MC and becoming bizarrely famous in South Korea. Facebook likes mean fame, right?

Elsa Arcaute – Elsa will be talking about what street intersections can tell us about the social and historical footprint of a country.

Kate “Scary Boots” Oliver – How science steals your sense of perspective: featuring nanoscience, relativity, and genuine underwhelming data that had me bouncing up and down. After a brief career as a science communicator, Kate is now a PhD student at the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, where she cares about things noone else does.

Spirit of Play will be performing almost all the songs they know about science, featuring homesick elements, indecisive waves (and particles), selfish genes, lab rats and more.

Kaisa Puustinen-Hopper – Kaisa will be talking about measuring emotions and what they tell us about our experience of the urban environment. Kaisa is a Research Associate at ‘Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy’ project at UCL, researching and developing digital methods for communicating empathy.

Kate McLean – Humans breathe, on average, 24,000 times per day + we can potentially detect up to 1 trillion different smells = one BIG olfactory dataset. I’ll be talking about ways in which this, relatively untapped to date, olfactory dataset can be explored and shared in cities worldwide and explaining why I think it is important to do so.

Kerstin Sailer – Kerstin will tell us how watching Harry Potter movies can be turned into research. She will share insights into the spatial and social structuring of school buildings and how they support sociability and learning. Expect some architecture, a bit of social science and lots of witchcraft and wizardry.

Terry Saunders – Terry Saunders loves Formula One motor racing so much he reverse engineered (guessed and made some stuff up) the engine so he could apply to make a new one

Plus Subhadra Das and more!

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings on Tuesday December 15th. 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 Martin’s chosen charity, Living Water Satisfies.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF BATH 2 – 4th December with the ICIA

By the 4th of December you’ll already be sick of Christmas. Every shop will have tried to sell you rubbish, every building will have the same Cliff Richard song on repeat and every relative under the age of 40 will have told you that they want the Star Wars robot you can control with your phone for Xmas.

Audrey Nailor at the first Science Showoff in Bath

Audrey Nailor at the first Science Showoff in Bath

We promise no tinsel, no Slade playing as you come in, and no reminders of the true meaning of Christmas just when you’re starting to have fun. Instead we offer laughs, naughty words, science, fun, a bit of chaos and a fantastic night that will only ever happen once. Our host for the night is Steve Cross, a comedian who rejects Christmas so hard that he spent the entire festive season last year playing Halo 4 on his Xbox. And drinking mulled wine whilst humming “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”. Damn. I let some Christmas sneak in, didn’t I?

We’re back in the magnificent Studio at the Edge on the University of Bath campus for another night of science chaos and hilarity. The gig is on Friday December 4th, and starts at 7.30. Turn up early so you’ve got plenty of time in our delicious bar beforehand! Come and see incredible science performances from:

Iszi Lawrence – Iszi is a hysterical* geek comedian with interests right across science, rationalism and history. She’s the founder and host of the Z List Dead List and has a box file full of hilarious stories about dead scientists.

Alex Lathbridge – We’re all heading for the science communication singularity and it’s probably going to sound a lot like Wu Tang Clan.

Richard Fairchild – I will be introducing the audience to the wonderful world of Behavioural Economics!  How rational are you?  How are you affected by your unconscious psychology and emotions?  We will be exploring by playing some fun games and activities….

Ross Exton – Are you looking for love? Are you tired of swiping left? The science of flirting is a tricky one, so what can we learn from our friends in the animal kingdom?

Ezzy Pearson – I’ll be looking at the science of the Star Wars worlds, to help you prepare for The Force Awakens.

Chris Budd – ‘A mathematicians guide to Mornington Crescent’ or ‘Fairlops last theorem’ In this tongue in cheek session I will give a mathematical analysis of this great game, and explain exactly how you can use maths to win it. I will of course assume that the audience is familiar with the rules. Audience participation will be expected.

The gig is on sale here: https://www.icia.org.uk/whats-on/pop-science/science-showoff/

Over 18s only

* not in the medical sense