June 6th – Last open signup Science Showoff ever?

Science Showoff, your favourite science comedy cabaret show if you are a sexy nerd, started as a show that anyone could sign up to perform at. From this Autumn it’s going to transform slightly, and we won’t be creating opportunities for complete strangers to try out performing science in the same way.

But before we close the door, one more chance for you to rush in and be part of the gig that has helped kick-start the careers of so many performers and science TV presenters since 2011.

Grab a 9-minute slot here: https://doodle.com/poll/zsaerh5mdvqutvq6

This show is open to anyone who isn’t a member of the Science Showoff Talent Factory. They get enough chances. Old faces, fresh meat, new friends and strategic partners! Come and be entertaining about science for 9 minutes with us.

Perform with this idiot.

The show is at the Star of Kings, York Way from 1930-200 on June 6th. We’ll need you from 1830. You get 9 minutes on stage to do anything in any style about any kind of science.



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

Ticket link

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).


HISTORY SHOWOFF Valentine’s Special 14th FEBRUARY

We’re OVERJOYED to partner with the Bishopsgate Institute for a special Valentine’s Day full of tales of strong women in love. The gig is at 7.30pm on the 14th February and features your favourite history lovers like Paul Duncan McGarrity, Fern Riddell and Cerys Bradley.

You can find out full details of the stellar lineup and buy tickets here.

Steve Cross at Bishopsgate Institute

Steve Cross at Bishopsgate Institute

JANUARY 16th – NEW ACT NIGHT Sign up to perform

It’s a new year and a new you.

And you’ve never performed at Science Showoff before. So now’s the time.

You’ve seen everyone else take part and have an amazing time but somehow you’ve not yet taken the stage. Now is your chance.

Go to this Doodle. Grab a slot: https://doodle.com/poll/3v988mdfgui5v9kx

Be part of the Showoff magic. All we ask from you is a set of up to 9 minutes in length on a stage. You can be anyone, doing anything, about any kind of science. We love talks, demos, comedy, dance, music, short plays, sketches, clips of podcasts with discussion, drag, burlesque, rap, musical theatre ANYTHING that relates to science at all.

The gig is on the 16th January in the basement of the Star of Kings on York Way in LONDON, and we’ll need you from 7pm. There’s no pay for the gig because all the ticket money will be donated to charity.

Even international science star Alex Lathbridge had to start somewhere. Join us.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Books Showoff over-analyser’s specials 2018


*comedy sets too

In 2018 Books Showoff in London is trying out a new format where together six performers from the worlds of reading, writing, publishing, academia and comedy over-analyse one book together. This means that I’m looking for people who want to talk about aspects of specific books in entertaining ways.

Right now I’m recruiting for

Jan 29th 2018 – FRANKENSTEIN
Feb 27th 2018 – LORD OF THE RINGS

There is a Doodle HERE where you can register your interest in doing a 9-minute talk/performance/set at the Frankenstein show, including letting me know the angle you would like to take on this masterpiece. Anything from “The construction of the concept of the modern scientists in Frankenstein” to “proof that Frankenstein’s Monster survives and is Data in Star Trek TNG” would excite me.

The Doodle for LotR is HERE

The shows are at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road and you get paid in free booze and half-price books.

I’m hoping to podcast these gigs if you’re willing to have your work shared in that way.

The No-Ball Prizes. 22nd June. The Harrison, London.

From the brain of Steve Cross, creator of Bright Club and Science Showoff comes a new comedy science improvisation competition of the proportions of Mount Olympus.

Watch two teams compete to be THE WORLD CHAMPIONS of science communication, in such great and traditional events as:

The Spelling Bee
Killing Great Ideas
Powerpoint Roundabout
Deliberate Obfuscation
Bullshit Justification of Something a Terrible Science Man Has Said

There will be opening and closing ceremonies, judges and medals awarded by a minor royal of the host nation.





ENGINEERING SHOWOFF CAMBRIDGE – Tues 21st March, Portland Arms


On Tuesday we’re joining the Cambridge Science Festival for a special night of engineering-based comedy at the Portland Arms.

Join some of the Cambridge region’s most exciting engineers for an evening of hilarious stories from behind the scenes of the people who make things.

Tonight’s acts are:

Steve Cross – geek comedian and MC
Emma Kent (pictured) – engineer
Katie Hassell – engineer
Lucy Fielding – engineer
Hugh Clark – engineer
Elena Rastorgueva – engineer
Chris Cowan – engineer
Phill Brown – engineer

The doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start, and tickets cost £5 in advance from http://theportlandarms.co.uk/wp/event/science-showoff-2/?instance_id=8525 or £8 on the door. All the ticket money is going to Engineers Without Borders to help with their charity work.

Engineering Showoff is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering via their Ingenious grant scheme.