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.

Science Showoff – 1st February – Star of Kings


February has absolutely no redeeming qualities and is best spent sat in a basement with a pint or several, and a large group of top funny science people to cheer you up.

Get £6 tickets now (£8 on the door) and raise cash for Rare Dementia Support

Joining your host Steve Cross on the Star of Kings stage for the first Science Showoff of 2017 are:

Harriet Bedell-Pearce – Harriet is a doctor, presenter, and part of @HippocraTV on YouTube. She’s a scicomm specialist in medicine and surgery in film, TV and pop-culture.

Stanley Strawbridge – Disenfranchised, bitter, and self-loathing; the hallmarks of every great scientist. Watch as Stanley Strawbridge slowly spirals into madness as he tells harrowing tales from his life in research.

Stuart Higgins – Ever felt like everyone else at work is better than you? Maybe you’re suffering from Imposter Syndrome – loads of scientists feel the same.

Matthew Partridge – talking about the little victories of science.

Andy Davison – Andy from ZSL will be exploring animal behaviour and star signs. What would we be like if we acted like our animal?

Lucy Roberts – Ever wondered what the Latin for ‘astounding swimmer with a large penis’ is? Well, wonder no longer..

Sarah Cosgriff – Proud ex-scientist Sarah now works for a London charity. She explains the many stages of quitting her PhD.


Books Showoff – 24 January – Waterstones TCR

Hurrah! London’s top humorous-literary-themed-open-mic-style-night-in-a-boozy-bookshop-basement was so successful in 2016 that we’ve been invited back for more by the lovely people at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.



Kicking off 2017 on January 2014 with a night of rapid-fire nine minute talks on Nazis, rabies, sex with trees, and probably something about books at some point, are:

Iszi Lawrence – history presenter, comedian and host of the British Museum Membercast and Z List Dead List Podcast, Iszi is likely to talk about the great literary topics of cults and sex with trees. Although, anything might crop up.

Amanda DiGioia – UCL PhD student Amanda tells us about rabies, the most diabolical of all viruses.

Kerry Lambeth is presenting on actor, director and writer Leslie Howard and how starring in sexy book adaptations led directly to smashing the Nazis.

Michael Conterio is a physicist who enjoys getting away from all that through immersing himself in worlds of magic, adventure, and characters facing intractable questions about society and ethics. And X-wings.

Aimee Eckert – Whether you yearn for the etiquette rules of the past or revel in the more liberal take on social graces today; Amy’s found much to be horrified by and laugh at in a 19th century manners guide.

Becky Littlechilds talks medieval marginalia

Ed Jefferson is an expert in useless crap. He’s read at least one book, which he’s going to attempt to tell us about.

Plus more from Ali Mozaffari, and your host Steve Cross.

Get tickets from the Waterstones website for just £5

Engineering Showoff – Jan 16th, Star of Kings, London


There’s an incredible new show in town, and Engineering Showoff is its name. The scientists have taken a back seat (or more likely gone back into their labs to rerun their experiments in the hope of generating some statistically significant data) and the people who ACTUALLY DO THINGS are back on stage making jokes.


Tonight you’ll see eight engineers performing stand-up comedy about their work, and hear about how so much of the world ended up the way it is. The short answer: Humans did it.

Here are the incredible folk you’ll be hearing from:

Steve Cross – your MC and the nerdiest person ever to be allowed on stage.
Maria-Lida Kounadi – engineer
Emma Kent – engineer
Yasmin Ali – engineer
Raynee Keshav – engineer
Cath Hassell – engineer
Priti Parikh – engineer
Jonathan Knight – engineer
Ana Gallego – engineer


Tickets cost £6 in advance, all of which will go to the marvellous charity Engineers Without Borders. You can get one here. If we don’t sell out in advance, tickets on the door will be £8.

The gig is at the Star of Kings in London on January 16th. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30 sharp. Turn up early if you want a seat!

If you’d like to see what our gigs are like check out some previous amazing engineer performers here.

Engineering Showoff is supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering through their Ingenious grant scheme.

Engineering Showoff – Dec 7th, Star of Kings


Who ARE the people who make the world like THIS?  Who are the people making the roads and buildings and sewage pumps and hydrogen storage systems and breweries and tube networks and mobile phone chips and apps and even the quality control processes (but not the weapons because we have standards)?

That’s what Engineering Showoff is all about – meeting the people who make the modern world, in a pub, and listening to them be hilarious for 9 minutes each. It’s a chaotic comedy cabaret about engineering and amazing engineers.

Anna Ploszajski

Anna Ploszajski

At this special event where engineers become comedians for one night you’ll meet this incredible talent:

Anna Ploszajski engineer
Aimi Eliasengineer
Philippa Jeffrisengineer
He-In Cheong – engineer
Gwenhivir Moonengineer
Corina Kwami engineer
Katie Creswell-Maynard – engineer
Steve Crosscomedian, non-engineer. Your MC for the night. Makes clever people funny for a living.


Steve Cross

Steve Cross

The gig is on Wednesday 7th December in the basement venue at the Star of Kings on York Way in London. That’s here. Doors open at 7pm and the gig starts at 7.30 sharp! Tickets cost £6 plus a 60p booking fee from If we don’t sell out in advance tickets on the door will be £8. All your ticket money will be given to Engineers Without Borders to help with their work taking engineering to where it is needed the most!

Engineering Showoff is supported by an Ingenious grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Science Showoff, 23rd November, Grain Barge, Bristol

The world is rubbish. Let’s hide in science, art and laughter.

On Wednesday November 23rd, we invite you to join us on the Grain Barge. Buy tickets now. You’ll see talented performers including:

Leah Richards on Sexuality – what is it, what does it do, and does anyone care anymore?

Dom Moylett – When he isn’t busy using quantum physics to make our technology better, Dom likes to kick back and play video games, but he often finds them very difficult. He will justify why he struggles so much, by explaining how you can mathematically prove that your favourite video game is hard.

Poet Thommie Gillow and sci-commers Liz Lister and Becky Hurwitz (Wisterlitz) presenting extracts from Moonbrella, a work that explores the stories of some of the women whose lives are commemorated in lunar craters.

Jamal Kinsella – Human scientist Jamal Kinsella invites you into an experiment where you’ll be exposed to some bad vibrations

Russell Arnott has been an artist, an oceanographer, a Physics teacher and more recently the Outreach Officer for WhaleFest which involved going into schools with a life-size orca teaching kids about the sea. Having just started a PhD at Bath University, he is going to be talking about his research in plankton which is much more interesting (and important) than most people think…

Sadie Harrison, who has Noticed Something about the history of science.

Kate Oliver, a nanomaterials student doing a PhD in printing jelly, who will describe some experiments that just really didn’t need to happen.

and more, details TBC!

Location: The Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4RU (map)

Time: 7.30-10pm (doors 7.00)

Tickets are £6 in advance, £8 on the door. All the money we raise goes to local small charities for whom the money makes a big difference. This time we are supporting one25, a Bristol-based charity specialising in enabling women to break free from street sex-work, addiction and other life-controlling issues and build new, independent lives.

Tickets available at

Specimen Showoff, 5th December, Barts Pathology Museum


On Monday 5th December, one of the World’s Top 10 Weirdest Medical Museums is holding the first ever Specimen Showoff. It’s sort of like Science Showoff, but with loads of really really terrifying things in jars.

Our aim is to engage the public with medical specimens (wet or dry, human or artificial). Speakers have nine minutes each to talk about their favourite specimen at Barts or another medical museum they’ve visited or worked at.

Joining your host Steve Cross are:

Sarah Elizabeth Cox (ex-QMUL Press Officer, failing playwright) – “I am Murdered!” – The Skull of John Bellingham

Carla Valentine (Technical Curator, Barts Pathology Museum, QMUL) – “It’s What’s Inside that Counts” – ‘Foreign Objects’ inserted into orifices

Steve Moore (QMUL Learning Resources and Facilities Manager) – “Hunter VS Potts” – The Curious Story of Barts’ Oldest Specimen, the Hernia (1750)

Subhadra Das (Curator of the Galton and Pathology Collections, UCL) – Adenocarcinoma of the Cervix specimen. The story of Henrietta Lacks – the, until recently, unknown black American woman whose cell line has been fundamental to medical science since the 1950s.

Plus more to be announced.

GET TICKETS – £10, includes wine and nibbles


(^^ just remembered that time @spookyjulie brought a bomb and an assassin to the RI)