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:

Over 18s only

* not in the medical sense

FOOD SHOWOFF 27th November – Part of the Science Gallery FED UP Season


We all love dinner. If we’re allowed dinner. And we love fun!

So tonight we’re smashing together science, dinner, comedy, dinner, history and cake. And dinner. Come and join us for our first-ever night of food-themed chaotic comedy cabaret!

We’ve put together a crack lineup from the worlds of academia, dining and joking about to make sure you have a hilarious time working out what you should put on your plate tomorrow night. We have:

Steve Cross is a comedian and nerd, as well as a properly smug vegetarian.

Jo Neary is a character comedian who has appeared in Miranda, Suffragette and Ideal.

MiMi Aye is a food writer, author of the cookbook Noodle!, and expert in the cuisine of Burma, although she won’t be talking about any of that.
Ruth Ball is the author of the new book Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain.

Chris Neill is a writer and performer who once carried a pig’s head through town.

Helen Zaltzman is a podcaster and collector of nauseating cookbooks.

Clare Heal is a journalist and food writer. She is currently training at Leith’s School of Food and Wine.

Estelle Paranque is in the History Department at King’s College London and writes on the history of monarchy.

Tim Spector is a scientist and food enthusiast at King’s College, searching for the perfect microbiome.

And there will be even more amazing people besides!

The gig is part of the FED UP: The Future of Food season at Science Gallery London. It takes place on Friday November 27th in the Henriette Raphael Function Room, Henriette Raphael Building, Guy’s Campus, London, SE1 1UL. Doors are 7pm and tickets are £8 (£6 students) which includes a free drink! Drink is a kind of food, yeah?

Over 18s only.

Here are more details on the Science Gallery page.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.2 – 17th Nov Death Special with Art Necro


“We’re all gonna die, and what if there’s nothing?”

You’re wrong, dour yet optimistic Scottish singer-songwriter Malcolm Middleton. There’s not nothing. There’s science comedy, chaotic cabaret, there’s fun on-stage and off-. There’s Science Showoff, tonight curated by the marvellous folk from Art Necro, and with a DEATH SPECIAL.

Each of these people will get 9 minutes to explore death, to entertain and to enlighten. And hopefully not to appal. Too much.

Steve Cross – science comedian and your MC for the night. Not dead. Yet. But at his age who knows what will have happened by the time the gig rolls around?

Sarah Elizabeth Cox – Sarah works at Goldsmiths and isn’t a scientist even though they definitely do science there, not just painting. She’s going to talk about the assassination of the Prime Minister in 1812 – probably one of the most boring murders of a political leader ever when compared with, say, what a rampant band of Dutchmen did in the 1600s.

Maia Elliott – set details tbc.

Faz Alam – Faz Alam will take you on a journey to discover the funny side of the flesh eating disease, and in the process reveal the strange things that can happen when you make bacteria glow in the dark.

Katy Price – Katy is renowned for appearances as Mr. George Wells, inventor, in the touring ‘Victorian Science Spectacular’, performing moustached with phonograph and magic lantern. Tonight the moustache will be that of Mr Frank Podmore, scientific investigator of psychic phenomena and devoted assistant to the Victorian Internet of Death.

Erminia Colucci – Erminia is a lecturer in the field of cultural mental health and mental health and law at the Centre for Psychiatry at Wolfson Institute for Preventive Medicine at the Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Among her many areas of expertise she studies socio-cultural attitudes towards suicide. For Science Showoff she’ll be discussing the taboo around suicide in diverse cultural contexts.

Una McIlvenna – Una delves into the grisly world of early modern public executions, singing historical ballads about people being hanged, burned, and having their heads chopped off.

Jamie Upton – Jamie is lead curator of the Art Necro project – a collective of more than 20 researchers and designers exploring the science of mortality and making it into mind-blowing pieces of art. Among other things they cover: near death experiences on brain-melting hallucinogens, Schrödinger’s living/dead cat, real-life zombie parasites and the story of the world’s first immortal woman (who also happens to be the world’s largest woman as well).

Ben Dornan – Being a lapsed neuroscientist, Ben will be talking about the brains of the dead and famous.”

David Urry – Are you a taker not a giver, not necessarily lived a saintly life? Do not fear, it’s what’s inside that counts….exploring organ donation through country music.

Catie Williams – Death comes to all, but that hasn’t stopped some from trying to cheat it.  Catie will be celebrating their spectacular failures.

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings on Tuesday November 17th. 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.



SCIENCE SHOWOFF Bath 1 – with the ICIA. October 30th.

Well hello Bath. Oh gem of the South-West, with its own gin and so many lovely places to drink it. We’re bringing some funny and chaotic science to town and we’d like you to come along and be part of it.

This gig is the first in a series of collaborations with the ICIA at the University of Bath, and we’ll be bringing an artier twist than ever before to making science entertaining, edgy and super-hilarious.

I know you think we’ve been cheating on you, since we’ve been sharing eclectic science with London for four years and even Bristol, your own neighbour, for two years, but really it was only ever you we wanted.

Not sure what to expect? We’ll bring you people with something to say about science in hilarious 9-minute bursts, punctuated with the most pulse-racing science comedian in the UK.

Steve Cross pulling a strange face

Steve Cross pulling a strange face

Tonight we’ve got the cream of Bath’s science talent to share, and you’ll see:

Steve Cross – Comedian, nerd, glasses-wearer and your MC for tonight.

Jemma Rowlandson – Did you know we can use cheese to save the world? Yes, cheese. In particular, Leerdammer cheese. Why is it Leerdammer cheese rather than say cheddar or gouda? Come along to find out!

Saiful Islam -Saiful grew up in north London, works in chemistry and married father of two. His five-minute Ignite style talk will be on crystals for clean  energy using 3D specs. Saiful is into footie, indie music (The  Smiths), humanism and the chemicals gin & tonic. He also thinks that two wrongs do not make a right, but two Wrights did make an aeroplane.

Jon Chouler -Come one, come all, and help your dear chum Jon Chouler find out what on earth a Microbial Fuel Cell is, how it works, and why they’re actually pretty darn handy.

Nicola Ansell -Disasters of a New Grad Veterinary Surgeon: Forget James Herriot, what vet school can’t prepare you for is a parrot stuck up a hoover, a monkey with a mysterious stain on its leg, how to euthanase a goldfish.

Ioannis Costas Battle -In his stand-up comedy routine, Ioannis will be asking a question (or two) of sport.

Rising Ape – Rising Ape brings ‘Life on Mars: the Gameshow!’ to the Edge stage to find out if YOU have what professional Marsologists are already calling the ‘Red Stuff’: What it takes to be selected for the first ever Martian colony! In space, no one can hear you phone a friend…

Gus Bosehans – My name is Gus and I would like to explore with you why we hate to let go of our cars and why encouraging sustainable travel requires more than doodling cycle lanes on streets.

Audrey Nailor – One of the team behind Science Showoff in Bristol pops over to see how science is getting on just down the traine line.

The show is on October 30th in the Weston Theatre at The Edge Theatre on the University of Bath campus. It starts at 7.30pm (doors 7 ish) and tickets are available here:


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SCIENCE SHOWOFF BRISTOL 13 – October 15th, Hatchet Inn


Ah, Bristol. Greatest and most beloved city of the South-West. At least until 30th October. Did you know that you are stuffed full of science people with amazing ideas to share? You did? Brilliant. We have a gig that will make you so so happy.

Join us for your thirteenth helping of chaotic science comedy from the phenomenom that’s sweeping the UK; Science Showoff.

Tonight the following people will storm the stage and stuff it full of know-how and giggles:

Steve Cross – Science Showoff creator, comedian, nerd and superhero with no superpowers.

Neil Jerome – The world, if not the government and large corporations, obeys laws. some of these are special science laws, and are named after the people who invented them from science, and some are just stupid. but they all tell us about the world; i will be presenting seven (mostly) scientific laws you may not have heard of, and arguing there is one law that science is long overdue in making.

Dee Toher – I’m an applied statistician working as a lecturer in UWE (University of the West of England, Bristol).  I’ll be talking about why an over reliance on p-values is harming science (with a bit of explanation about what p-values actually are).

JV Chamary – 10 animals you’ll find on Tinder.

Scary Boots – Scary Boots will be attempting to explain semiconductor physics through the use of juggling and innuendo. She is a PhD student at the University of Bristol, but no longer works with semiconductors. It will become evident why.

Jack Heal – I plan to talk about the human genome project, why it was a big deal and what’s changed since it was completed.

Will Davies – In this busy modern world, finding romance can take time, trolls, and tinder-itis. Here’s a few simple scientific steps to spare your carpal tunnel, and sail you down the tunnel of love. No promises.

Jen Garrett – A vision of a really wild future predicted by the past.

Luke Prince – Basically I wanted to talk about the scientific journey to the mathematical description of the action potential that won the Nobel prize in 1952.

We’ll be at the Hatchet Inn, upstairs through the back door (that’s here,_Bristol). The doors open at 7pm and the gig starts at 7.30. Tickets are available in advance for £6 (plus 60p booking fee) from or will be available on the door for £8. All proceeds to Bristol Refugee Rights

Over 18s only.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF BATH – October 30th at The Edge

Hello people of Bath!

You might have heard rumours of something new in town. Something where scientists, performers, comedians, musicians, academics and troublemakers get together and make incredible events that will only happen once.

You might have heard correctly.

We’ve got into bed with the Universirty of Bath’s new arts venue, The Edge, for a chaotic science cabaret night for the nicest audience ever, on the evening of October 30th.

What is Science Showoff?

It’s a chaotic cabaret night for science fans, scientists, artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science. It’s been running for four years in London, Bristol and all over the UK, and has won awards while raising over £50,000 for charity. It’s been to the Birmingham Rep, the Bloomsbury Theatre, the Museum of Science and Industry and a gallery in a disused meat-packing plant (as well as loads of pubs, theatres and universities). So now it’s coming to Bath.

What happens on the night?

We start at 7.30, with an introduction from comedian and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow Steve Cross, and the night runs in two halves, each an hour long. The signed-up performers take to the stage to show off their science. They might:

Show a film they just made
Try out a new demo
Practice a new science comedy set
Tell us about their new discovery
Perform an 9-minute play about science
Play their new song about protons
Tell us what they’ve been up to
Predict the future
Give us a taster of their science-themed Edinburgh show
Read us their latest science poem
Try out a bit of a new science lesson on us
Play us a short radio documentary
Experiment on the crowd
Create an improvised science story
Perform an interpretive dance about science

Or anything else with a science theme…

Science Showoff is a scratchpad where audiences can see work-in-progress, ideas that might not work and performances that will never be repeated. Chaos is in its DNA and no two performances are ever the same.

Every set lasts 9 minutes or less. There’s a 20 minute intermission and we finish by 10pm, to give us an hour of picking each other’s brains over beer and to form new plans and partnerships before closing time.

What about money?

No-one gets paid to perform at this (including Steve, who does however take a small fee for his organisation and marketing time, gigs like this being what he does for a living). We keep ticket prices low and profits go towards The Edge’s work to take science and the arts to people who don’t usually get to experience them.


Our Youtube channel, featuring sets from Science, History, Engineering and Animal Showoff, might give you a clearer idea:

What do I do next?

Email and Steve Cross will tell you more.


The Edge has a HUGE stage. If you’ve got ideas of a scale that won’t work at any other science event, this is the place for them!

Science Showoff 5.1 – Star of Kings, October 20th



Your favourite chaotic science cabaret is back in town, fresh from a month off, with a head honcho who is suddenly free of the cares of earning a salary and with a new spring in its step. Want to see the cream of London’s science talent in delicious bitesize portions? You’ve come to the right place.

Join us, a great drinks menu and whatever weird pop-up food is happening in October for a night that will entertain and enlighten, and that will never be repeated. Be there or you will definitely miss that one weird thing that everyone else is talking about. Last time it was Martin Austwick writing a song about Steve that might also have been about Jeff Winger off of Community.

Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross – Comedian, troublemaker, newly freelance and recently-crowned Wellcome Engagement Fellow. Chicken expert. Did a gig last week to which only chemists were invited. Available for consultancy, reception hosting or wedding speeches.

James Longstaff – The Science of Sugar.

Cerys Bradley – How not to run a half marathon (p.s. this is definitely not a humble brag)

Dom Galliano – “How Physics Ruined my Dating Life” or “Are the LGBT community an under-served audience in science outreach?”

Kat Nilsson – Come on a pin-ball journey through time encountering lizard brains, humble spuds and climate change.

Mary-Ann Russon – Explaining how journalists work and (playfully) telling scientists, doctors, engineers etc how to communicate with us so that we understand what they’re talking about :)

Steve Le Comber – Fractal naked mole rats.

Jon Edwards – Did a music-obsessed Victorian chemist predict rock and roll 100 years before it was invented? No. But Jon will try to prove it anyway.

Maia Elliott Maia was also planning to discuss how science has ruined her dating life, but agrees to pick a different topic if Dom buys her dinner.

The gig is at the Star of Kings on York Way, in the basement. That’s here. Doors open at 7pm, the best seats have usually all gone by 7.15 and the gig bursts into action at 7.30. October 20th is a Tuesday.

Tickets are £6 (plus 60p booking fee) in advance from They usually sell out, but if they don’t, tickets on the door will be £8. All your ticket money will be donated to the London Legal Support Trust, to help normal people get access to justice.