Science Showoff – Tues 14th November – Star of Kings



Enjoy laughing and learning and drinking in basements?

Join Alex Lathbridge, host of the Science Museum’s Large Standup Collider, as he brings you a special night of nerdy comedy.

From baking with chemicals to the wacky events involved in heart transplants, he’s curated a lineup of brilliantly funny talent for Science Showoff on the 14th of November.

Here’s who to expect:

Vivian Tong is a full-time baker: she bakes zirconium by day and cake by night. In ‘Baking with Zirconium’, she’ll be exploring (somewhat tenuous) similarities between baking cake and baking metal

Rohin Francis – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the heart transplant, Dr Rohin Francis is offering one lucky Showoff attendee a free transplant (replacement heart not included)

Shalaka Kurup – What’s worse than being subjected to a conversation with an engineer? Giving one some wine, a stage and nine minutes to rant about being single. We apologise in advance

Nidhi Gupta is a doctor, professional filmmaker, entrepreneur and mountain trekker. In ‘Trust me, I’m not a TV doctor’, Nidhi will explore the impact of art imitating life, imitating art and how the film and television depiction of medicine has altered perceptions and expectations and even the language of modern day medicine

Ana Gomez Ramirez, a biochemical scientist, will take us through a brief analysis of some of the most common stereotypes about scientists and challenge their validity

Lorit Dror is a Human Evolution and Behaviour MSc Student. Over the course of nine minutes learn about what it means to be an anthropologist, as well as the pros and cons of being one.

Plus more from Shivani Dave

Tickets are £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the door.

Doors are 7pm for a 7.30 start.


History Smashdown! Wednesday 15th November – The Water Poet



On Wednesday 15th November, four scholars from across the intellectual spectrum will fight it out to find the best year ever.

Our experts will take to the stage using wit and knowledge to take you into the past, to share their passions, to entertain and delight you.

Then YOU will choose the greatest year the human race has ever seen.

Hosted by Steve Cross and with performers from the worlds of history, science, archaeology and languages.

The competitors:

FROM HISTORY – Fern Riddell, historian, TV star and expert in the suffragettes, victorian smut and storytelling

FROM ARCHAEOLOGY – Paul Duncan McGarrity, archaeologist, host of the Ask An Archaeologist podcast and top-notch nerdy comedian

FROM SCIENCE – Steve Lee, Royal Society University Research Fellow at Cambridge, chemist and entertainer

FROM MODERN LANGUAGES – Geraldine Horan, Lecturer in German at UCL and expert on swearing.

Join us at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.


Science Showoff – Weds 1st Nov – Star of Kings



Joining your host Steve Cross at the Star of Kings on Wednesday 1st November:

Hannah Thompson has just started a full time job after her PhD on the link between type 2 diabetes and large bowel cancer. She’s going to be talking about the perks and not-so perks of co-working space

Jamie Upton wants you to stop banging on about your basic, entry-level apocalypse worries and let you know what you should actually be shitting yourself about right now

Tim Eveleigh will attempt a unique social experiment: splitting the audience into distinct age groups using only the medium of humour (and PowerPoint)

Andrew Steele will be telling you about the five-digit codes which could save your life, or document its hilarious premature end

Ted Hill is a science communicator, comedian and failed primatologist, who is going to attempt to solve the greatest mystery known to science

Sarah Jones on mining in Wales

Plus more from Edd Bankes and Laura Emson

All money raised from ticket sales (£6.60 online or £8 cash on the door) will be donated to the charity Welsh Women’s Aid.

Doors at 7pm for a 7.30 start.


A Night of Physics and Fun with Dr Jessamyn Fairfield



Join us for a night of science and comedy to celebrate Dr Jessamyn Fairfield.

Jessamyn is Ireland’s face of physics, and will be in London to pick up the Mary Somerville Medal from the Institute of Physics for her public work.

So the Institute and Science Showoff have put together a night of physics fun with some of the best science performers in the UK.

All ticket money will be donated to local charity Women at the Well.

Any tickets not sold in advance will be available on the door for £10. BOOK NOW!


Steve Cross, comedian and player of games. Your MC and star of dungeons and dragons podcast Chaotic Adequate.

Fran Day is a theoretical physicist and a comedian. She will ask what theoretical physicists do all day, and whether or not there is any point to it.

Dr Sadie Jones AKA She Of The Astro Biological Sword (SOTABS)– Life after an Astrophysics PhD: my experiences being an ‘almost’ academic and a ‘kind-of’ science teacher. It really is tough being an astrowarrior in the real world, even when you wield a sword.

Alfredo Carpineti – People have the expectation that science is done by white men in tweed jackets with messy hair and messy desks, but Alfredo is here to demonstrate how pop stars have been secretly teaching science from the stage.

Hannah Fry – Mr Markov and his marvellous monopoly tactics.

Scary Boots will be channeling Professor Dique-Mahn (FFS CBA) who will share what he, and other great men of science, already know: why there are no wimmin in science.

Plus Jessamyn Fairfield and Yolanda Ohene

Books Showoff Halloween Special – Weds 25 October – Waterstones TCR



Featuring gothic horror and futuristic fantasy, scary kids tales, and books made from human flesh – on October 25th Books Showoff has a Halloween theme!

Joining guest host, comedian and podcaster Gregory Akerman in the basement of Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (it’s a nice basement, with bright lights and booze, not a spooky one, promise) are:


Romany Reagan is a final-year PhD candidate, playwright, taphophile, and cemetery historian. She’ll present Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – proof that she is daily entrenching further into a caricature of herself
Scientist Oz Ismail recalls some surprisingly terrifying literature from his childhood
Amanda DiGioia – PhD student, werewolf expert, heavy metal fan, and author of Childbirth and Parenting in Horror Texts: The Marginalized and the Monstrous, Amanda explains the horrors of writing
Cerys Bradley is a PhD student, stand-up comedian and absolute wuss. Possibly the last person you would book to do a Halloween show
Quantum physicist and comedian Michael Conterio takes a break from his usual diet of spaceships and wizards, and discovers how horrifying modern fiction can be
Combining lessons from The Handbook for the Recently Deceased and the lesser known The Living and the Dead: Harmonious Lifestyles and Peaceful Co-existence, mortician Lara-Rose Iredale will step out of her dark room and reveal what the living won’t (or is that can’t?) usually see.
Plus more from Julie Aelbrecht

Tickets are £7 from the Waterstones website

Science Showoff – Tues 17th October – Star of Kings, London



Joining Steve Cross on the Star of Kings stage for the second Science Showoff in our crazy schedule of October Showoffs:

Alina Padararu on the immune system – what they don’t want you to know

Russell Arnott is a researcher in phytoplankton dynamics at the University of Bath and presenter for Incredible Oceans. Departing from his usual marine themes, at Science Showoff he is going to moan about how difficult it is to be a scientist when you’re colourblind

Inés Laura Dawson is a PhD student at the University of Oxford researching insect flight. She runs two YouTube channels, Draw Curiosity and Inés-table, making science stories interesting and internationally accessible

Claire Asher is a science writer, performer, and blogger with a PhD in giant ants. Expect crazy evolutionary theories, anecdotes from fieldwork in Brazil, and graphic descriptions of insect reproductive behaviour

Corina Kwami is devoted to making cities more desirable places to live. From designing water systems that serve all to getting jazz musicians connected with opportunities, her work aims to ignore the gap between sciences and the arts.

Plus more from Monni Bohm, Faraz Alam and Anna Cupani.

Tickets are £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the door. 7pm for a 7.30 start.

All proceeds go to charity. Book now!

Science Showoff – Weds 4th October – Star of Kings, London



Joining Steve Cross on the Star of Kings stage for the first of our October gigs:

Lydia Nicholas is an anthropologist working at the meeting points of health, data, culture and biology. Things get weird down there. She really isn’t sure who she is any more. Lydia will be talking squishy bodies, and how they screw with your politics

Dave Christensen is a stem cell biologist studying blindness. He also likes pretending he’s a detective to make lab work less dull

Fran Day explains the vital importance of units – how we measure things, from the ancient Greeks to modern theoretical physics

Shalaka Kurup is a postgraduate student by day – wine enthusiast by night. Shalaka will be here for nine whole questionably-entertaining minutes to talk to you about the seductive world of academic research

Plus more from Davina Bentley, Tayibbah Ali and Stanley Strawbridge.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – £6.60 in advance or £8 cash on the door

All proceeds go to charity.