Books Showoff – 23rd March – Waterstones TCR



Join Steve Cross and our line-up of witty book writers, readers and lovers, on the 23rd March in the basement slash cocktail bar of Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road.

Proceedings kick off at 7.30pm but get there early for an amazing cocktail and infamous baked goods.

The night’s performers:

Cerys Bradley – Cerys is a crime fighting PhD student by day and podcaster and stand up comedian also by day. She mostly sleeps at night. At her last Books Showoff, she talked about two-dimensional shapes in Victorian England so clearly has a knack for finding hilarious source material

Helen Armfield – Helen talks on how she overcame stage fright with the application of sudden injury, ice, and no gin

Sean Smith – On the 53rd anniversary of Peter Lorre’s death, mindreader Sean Smith will use ‘The Maltese Falcon’ to try and contact the spirit of detective Miles Archer

Kimberley Freeman – Kimberley is obsessed by plastic jewellery, and obsessively collected it for over ten years. She has amassed a reasonable collection of ‘collectors guides’ and jewellery reference books – all of which she hates

Ian Bowkett – Ian is the author of a book of poetry, the idiot

Julia Bourke –  Julia explains why books were better  when they were handwritten, fake news began with the printing press, and why medieval monks made modern books rectangular

Oli Broadbent – The story of how a small shop in Paris became a block-sized department store, crushing, literally, its rivals and becoming the template for modern flagship stores. As told by Emile Zola.

Plus more from Richard Sandling.


Science Showoff – 5th April – Star of Kings


(An animal)

We really love animals, and wanted to show you just how great and beautiful and magical they are. So for Showoff on Wednesday 5th April, we’ve booked loads of acts who are really into slug sex, monkey poo, dry little worms, and terrible puns…

Joining Steve Cross in the Star of Kings basement are:

Jamie Upton – Fact: Animals are evil. Dr Jamie Upton will prove this using science.

Suzanne Harvey – Ever wondered how to win at monogamy? It’s all about the gibbon take…

Charlotte Mykura – Slug sex and other unrelated stories

Aimee Eckert – The velvet worm. “Who run the world”? The females of this very cute and very slimy group of invertebrates. Due to risk of drying out, inhabits damp environments only.

Florence Schechter – Florence is a science Youtuber and performer who has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham because she wanted to do her part for saving the bees which is a pun that works much better spoken.

Catie Williams – The story of why we’re all super organisms, as told by 528 tubes of primate poo.

Maia Elliott – Ladies, are you attracted to men and available for dates? Why not date that great guy friend you enjoy spending time with! Oh, your feelings for him aren’t romantic? What the hell is wrong with you? Absolutely nothing, according to science. The romantic preferences of lady mice are finally providing insights into the molecular mechanisms driving female sexual attraction, and guess what? Evolution doesn’t give a s**t whether you and Barry have great banter.

Liv Neville – Liv from ZSL explores the behaviour of nocturnal animals, through the popular medium of an audience quiz…

Tickets are £6.60 or £8 on the doors. 7pm doors for a 7.30 start.


Science Showoff Brain Special – 1st March – Star of Kings


Why not join us at The Star of Kings, York Way, on Wednesday 1st March to hear some the brainiest folk we know talk about brains, to raise money for brains? It’s a… uh… no-brainer.

Taking to the stage to raise money for Headway Bristol – a top charity helping surivivors of brain injury live independently – are:

Dr Brenna Hassett

Sarah Snell-Pym

Sadie Harrison (UCL STS)

Dr Martin Austwick (CASA UCL)

Adam Tate (Fahr Beyond founder)

Dr Carina Fearnley (UCL STS)

And loads more.

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


British Science Week Goldsmiths Showoff Special – 15th March


(^^ “Goldsmiths is one of the best known universities in the world for art and design” – Sarah Cox, former Goldsmiths press officer)

Join us at the Amersham Arms (New Cross, South London) on Wednesday 15 March for a Goldsmiths, University of London Showoff special featuring serial killers, Brad Pitt, and a high-tech smart glove.


The line-up:

Mark d’Inverno (Computing) on ‘Why machines can never be creative – the history and future of creativity’

Caoimhe McAnena (Psychology) on the psychology of the ‘Croydon Cat Killer’

Ashok Jansari (Psychology) asks ‘What’s the difference between Brad Pitt and a Super-cop?’

Hadeel Ayoub (Computing) Let’s have a talk…Glove to Glove

Robert Chapman (Psychology) on why ‘Science Reporting isn’t funny’

Sarah Wiseman (Computing) on ‘People are WEIRD – Why we shouldn’t experiment on students’


Doors 6:30pm for 7pm start.

Part of British Science Week.

Line-up subject to change.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to CARA, the Centre for At-Risk Academics.

Science Showoff – 21st February – Star of Kings



We’ve managed to squeeze the most Science Showoffs in one month into the shortest one of the months. Because Science.

On the line-up at the Star of Kings, 126 York Way (near Kings Cross) are:

Rachel New is Research Coordinator for the Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. She’s also a dating coach. Audience participation may be required for her set on the psychology of dating!

Poly Chromatik – Nature is fierce. Nature is shiny. Nature is fabulous. Poly Chromatik will be breaking down the Physics of Fabulousness, serving examples of eye-popping optics from birds, bees, butterflies, and gibbon bollocks. There may be hand actions.

Alice Bell explains how scientific procrastination helped us discover global warming was happening.

Jamie Upton – Jamie is a molecular biologist hunting for the chemicals that guide our behaviour; or lack of it. In the wretched wake of Valentine’s Day, he talks us through the biochemistry of lust.

Michael Conterio – From science fiction to our homes, lasers are everywhere – but how do we appreciate their awesomeness without unfortunate accidents? Michael Conterio takes a careful look at laser safety.

Virginia Schutte talks about science words and her brain.

Sarah Jones – Sarah is a geomicrobiology PhD student who’s just realised that absolutely nobody cares about her research.

Plus more from  Maia Elliott.

Tickets are £6.60 in advance or £8 on the door, with everything we raise going to Young Roots, a charity helping young refugees reach their potential.



Books Showoff – 28th February – Waterstones TCR



This February’s basement-dwelling literary comedy night features psychic labradors, DIY wedding planning, and a version of the Berlin Wall’s fall that they definitely didn’t teach you in school. Joining your host Steve Cross in the amazing Waterstones cocktail bar are:

Stephen Thomas – Stephen is getting married any day now. After deciding to organise the whole thing himself, he found that the current selection of books on wedding planning didn’t really match his needs. At Showoff he’ll be pitching his new book: ‘Wedding Planning for Dummies Stephen’.

Elise Bramich – Elise will be delving into the mysterious world of horror writer Dean Koontz’s psychic labradors.

Sarah Elizabeth Cox – a decade or so before a well known 9/11 conspiracy theorist began making up stuff about the US government knocking down the twin towers, he was writing a VERY different sort of fiction…

Michael Agnew considers Phlebas by Ian M Banks, a science fiction novel.

Jess Hindes on the bestselling, paranoid, eighteenth-century author Samuel Richardson.

Ben Dornan – he’s really into book binding

Emily Elias – R Kelly remixed Ignition, was trapped in a closet and eloquently explained how an echo works. Emily’s going to break down more valuable life lessons from the autobiography of this misunderstood artistic genius.


Plus more from Ed Jefferson.

Doors at 7pm, show starts at 7.30.

Tickets are just five quid from the Waterstones website!


Science Showoff Croydon – Feb 9th, Spread Eagle


Hello there, Surrey, Sussex and the like. We know you’ve been suffering terribly with the trains lately. You’ve never got a real idea of when you can get to central London, or whether you have any chance of making it back.

So here at Science Showoff we’ve decided to bring the chaotic science comedy nonsense to you instead. We’ll be in Croydon every mother month in February, bringing you some of the best acts to have graced our stage.

It all starts on Thursday February 9th, at the Spread Eagle. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start.

MC Steve Cross and a science expert

MC Steve Cross and a science expert

Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross – MC and founder of Science Showoff. The science comedian who ends all other science comedians.
Maia Elliott – Molecular biologist and genetic wizard.
Jamie Upton – scientific sinner and author.
Kyle Evans – musical mathematics minstrel.
Cerys Bradley – crime scientist and creative schemer.

Tickets are here.