Science Showoff Talent Factory II launch gigs – September, Star of Kings, London


Over two gigs this September we are VERY excited to introduce you to this year’s Talent Factory line-up – the UK’s next generation of funniest, smartest, scientists, science communicators, creators, producers, performers and generally awesome sciencey humans.

Join us in the basement of the Star of Kings, King’s Cross, for a chaotic cabaret starring:


Talent Factory Science Showoff show 1 – Wednesday 6th September


Sarah Jones, Matt Hutchinson, Hannah Cameron, Julia Bourke, Belle Taylor, Katie Cresswell-Maynard, Antonia Forster, Claire Asher


Talent Factory Science Showoff show 2 – Friday 29th September


Oz Ismail, Matt Young, Catie Williams, Hannah Thompson, Hana Ayoob, Lucy Eckersley, Sadie Jones


Food Showoff – Tuesday 15 August – Star of Kings, London


Join Steve Cross and eight amazing comedians, cooks and eaters for a night about the funny side of food.

All ticket money will go to Shelter from The Storm, a local homeless shelter.

The line-up includes:

Aspen Glencross – farmer and food futurist
Alex Lathbridge – rapper and expert consumer
Sarah Jones – related to hill sheep farmers probably
Tim Eveleigh – musician and gourmet
Rob Warren – Veggie Lad
Jess Devonport – takes photos of her food
Julie Aelbrecht – comedian and food fan
Mary-Ann Russon – writer and food historian

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start at the Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1


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Science Showoff/Agony Auncles Fringe preview + fundraiser, Star of Kings, London – Weds 19 July

Dear Agony Auncles,

I have a whole range of issues to deal with, from personal relationships to work and politics, and from practical household chores all the way to angst about the meaning of life. Is there any way I can get truly scientific (if somewhat inadvisably applied) advice from actual real scientists? Can I ask them questions of my own, live on stage?

Yours Hopefully



A brilliant group of scientists and science communicators are raising funds to hit the Edinburgh Fringe this year with a show where they answer audience-submitted agony auncle-style questions using proper expert science knowledge and some very silly comedy.

To help them get there they’re performing a London preview to showoff not just their show but some excellent science comedy from other amazing acts (names to come!) to boot.

Ticket sales, and any donations on the night, will be put towards travel and accomodation at the Fringe.

Join us at the Star of Kings (near Kings Cross, London) on Weds 19 July. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.


Ps. Can’t make it? UGH :[ But if you like the sound of this project, we’d love it if you contributed via Indiegogo

Science Showoff – Weds 5 July – Star of Kings



Joining your host Steve Cross in the Star of Kings basement for the last London Science Showoff before we head off to Jodrell Bank (lol) for Blue Dot, are:

Violet Kovacheva – talking about the challenges of being a mathematician (and not sure if she can still call herself that) in the world of cancer research

Emma Osborne – Prepare to have your mind warped by astrophysicist Emma Osborne’s light speed facts that unveil the power of the universe

Sadie Jones – she of the Astrobiological Sword: The story of Sadie’s PhD research into a single messed-up supermassive black hole and how her efforts to understand it morphed her into the fully fledged astro warrior she is today

Matt Bancroft – Matt is a PhD student at UCL, trying to figure out how and why people fall over. He’ll be talking about graphs and hoping that his jokes don’t fall flat.

Kieran Brophy – Kieran is a climate physics PhD student looking for the sort of love and affirmation from strangers that his supervisor will never give. His research is backed by an unlikely troika of the Chinese, mainstream media, and the frantic Morse blinks of Melania Trump

Renae Crossing – Renae has wanted every kind of job at one stage (ballerina, artist, graphic designer, architect…) and here she is as a science teacher! A lover of all things creative and of presenting science research as such, she’ll be sharing stories about physics, females and flesh-eating bacteria

Bahijja Raimi-Abraham – Get ready to learn all about the fascinating art of making medicines by pharmacist and lecturer Bahijja, who will be talking about how she plans to use her experience as a pharmacist to develop suitable medicines for all.

Plus more from and Yolanda Ohene.

Tickets – £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the night

The Star of Kings, York Way, London. Doors 7pm for a 7.30 start.

Materials Showoff – Tuesday 20th June – Star of Kings



We gave the engineers their chance to show off. The lawyers, historians, authors, and zoo-keepers. Now taking to the stage at the Star of Kings, arguably the researchers with the most double-entendres in their Wikipedia entry – materials scientists!

Curated by FameLab 2017 finalist, materials expert, and fire-trumpeter, Anna Ploszajski, our line-up includes:

Emma Ryan on space wire and why not to Google smut on work computers

Corrosion scientist Carol Glover with ‘A crisis in Flint. How corrosion caused devastation in the Vehicle City’

Richard Ouma tells us his experiences as an immigrant materials science student in London

What even is a material? Cerys Bradley doesn’t know, so why on earth are they even doing this gig?

Plus more from Oliver Broadbent, Natasha Simons and Hannah Cameron.

Tickets – £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the night

The Star of Kings, York Way, London. Doors 7pm for a 7.30 start.

Books Showoff – Waterstones Tottenham Court Road – Tuesday 27 June


Would you like an evening’s chill in London’s coolest bookshop? With its amazing cocktail bar? And cake? And loads of books you can buy, high on booze and sugar and life?

We’re putting nine hilarious, lovely, speakers in aforementioned bookshop too, to make it EVEN BETTER.

Here, get one of these tickets: just seven quid from the Waterstones website

Joining your host Steve Cross are:

Mark Dilworth spent 20 years in investment banking then discovered the horrors of the London open mic circuit – which is still an improvement. He’ll be dissing his least favourite book, Silas Marner

Kate Devlin, a computing lecturer and internationally renowned sex robot boffin, explains why Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books are simultaneously compelling and really really annoying

Scientist Oz Ismail on why the Little Mermaid and Pinocchio are definitely not stories for kids

Zoe Cunningham shares secrets from her new book ‘An Actor’s Life For Me?’ Are you an actor, only in disguise? What is an actor anyway?

Geeky stand-up Haran X has performed on BBC Radio 4 Extra. He also co-produces the Faking Lit podcast, where comedians review books they’ve pretended to have read

Comedian Lucy Roper is the daughter of a librarian and an English Literature graduate, and would qualify to speak at Books Showoff on that alone. But she’s also hilarious, performing recently at Edinburgh Fringe and the Leicester Comedy festival among other shows.

Julie Albrecht is a journalist and a bookhoarder with two literature degrees to prove it. She’ll be talking about what books to read if you want more room on public transport.

Plus more from Ali Mozaffari.


Science Showoff – Weds 7 June – Star of Kings



We’ve got loads of new and exciting science faces on our Wednesday 7 June line-up, exploring all the biggest and most controversial issues in the history of science: pandemics, autoimmunity, men…

Joining Steve Cross in the Star of Kings basement:

Natt Day – Everyone loves watching pandemic disaster films. But are they at all realistic?

Alex Parsons explores the history and science of people complaining about dog poo in the street

Cam Watson talks us through the evolutionary origins of maleness. Ever looked at some men and just wondered… why?

Mirri Hengeveld – Justice Through Science: Magnus Hirschfeld and the beginnings of modern sexology

Sarah Binney talks 19th century clockmaking. Horrible Horology, or, why the time in London is the same as in Cork but not in Calais

Anna Cupani studied for her PhD at Imperial, and ended up in the middle of the Belgian countryside. She’ll be talking about her experience being a woman (and a foreigner) in the science and engineering world and the crazy, painful, and hilarious things that come with it

Alina Paduraru explains autoimmune disorders and how T cells are involved

Steve LeeA ramble in Academia, Alchemy and America…

GET TICKETS (£6.60 in advance or £8 on the door)