NEVER EXPLAIN – Pilot recording, April 6th, London

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The first ever recording of a brand new panel show all about making science funny. We’re helping science escape from a world where charisma-free middle-aged men just wait to explain the right answer, and opening a portal to riotous fun to appeal to people who love entertainment but might not give a toss about science. This is science by entertainment’s rules, happy to get things wrong, mess about and let chaos loose on stage.

Join team captains Steve Cross and Suze Kundu, guest host Elise Bramich and special guests Lydia Nicholas and Oli Marsh for an evening of bitching, niggling, fighting, talking over each other, ridiculous suggestions and clever answers that turn out to be wrong. And laughs. Lots of laughs.

To give you an idea of tone, here’s the face that the glamorous Suze does when she sees Steve:

Suze looks annoyed at Steve

The recording is in the basement of the Star of Kings on April 6th, with doors opening at 7pm. The show will run from 7.30pm to about 9.00. Tickets are £5 in advance or £8 on the door. The link to buy them is and the Facebook event is at

NEVER EXPLAIN has been developed by Steve Cross and Elise Bramich and is financially supported by the Wellcome Trust.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.6, 15th March, Star of Kings, London

It’s another new talent night here at the top chaotic science comedy cabaret night in London.
We’ve sourced five incredible acts, all new to Showoff, to join our merry community where anyone can do any kind of performance about any kind of science. They’re a mixture of new talent and experienced science communicators making their Showoff debut.
Keith Bradnam – ‘the seasonality of death’ (fun eh?)…about the times of the year and the times of the week when people are more likely to die (as well as the reasons behind such seasonality).
Anthony O’Reilly – I’ll be doing a spoken word poem called “This is your brain on…”
Robin Andrews – I’ll be talking about about how volcanoes can both kick-start life on Earth, before spending the rest of their time trying to end it, the bastards. Expect supervolcanoes, nuclear weapons, North Korea and Prometheus to come into it all, somehow.
Abi Aspen – Meat engineer, with set details soon to follow.
Donal Vaughan – Donal is a multi-award winning Irish comedian who does science-based comedy all over the UK and Ireland. Covering many topics he specialises in the ‘Physics of Fatness’.
We’re also welcoming back a few old hands, rejoining the Showoff crew to hold the hands of our newbies.
Suze Kundu – nanomaterials researcher, unicorn-botherer and television star
Jamie Gallagher – King of Glasgow public engagement, salsa machine and science comedian
Maia Elliott – Dutch
And of course they’ll be marshalled by grizzled science sergeant major, compere and comedian, Steve Cross.

The gig is on Tuesday March 15th in the basement at the Star of Kings, London. Doors open 7pm and show starts at 7.30 sharp. These usually sell out (we keep the room small to make the gigs lovely) so do buy early to ensure a place!

TICKETS COME FROM HERE They are £6 plus booking fee (60p). If we don’t sell out there will be tickets on the door for £8 each.

This month all ticket money goes to Rethink Mental Illness

SCIENCE SHOWOFF BRISTOL, March 23rd, the Grain Barge

Ever since Archimedes had his bathtub related wardrobe malfunction, we have known that watery environments are conducive to science (and giggling). Join us as we replicate this finding on March 23rd, with a triumphant return to the Grain Barge with accompanied by talented Bristol performers. (buy tickets now)

Expect all kinds of science-related materials, including theatre, jokes, and awkward dancing, from performers including:

Ross Extonscience presenter, video producer, nerd, regular Science Showoff performer, and your MC for the evening.

Sam Ardin – Natural and unnatural history: what conservationists can learn from Pokémon… and why bees are cool

Luke Prince – Have you ever thought of the current model of Homo sapiens as being too reliant on buggy legacy code? I offer a few simple solutions.

Tight Theatre – An all-female company of 8 final year University of Bristol drama students who typically devise physical theatre around issues relevant to them as young women. Tonight’s piece has taken inspiration from sex education, female scientists, and Tim Hunt’s comments about ‘girls’ in the lab, ‘You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”

Peter Broks – Working in Science and Technology Studies I do all the stuff that scientists love to hate. But don’t worry I’ll be bringing some light relief from the dark side.

Sam Briggs – All molecules are in constant motion, and what better way to explore their motion than through interpretive dance?! Sam is a Chemistry PhD candidate and he aims to explore the phenomena of ‘Coacervation’ through his awkward dance-floor moves.

Matthew Wheelwright – The marvels of mimicry: exploring the fascinating world of mimics and, potentially, how to get free food from your friends

JV Chamary – Why is Star Wars droid BB-8 cute?

And more to be confirmed!

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

Time: Doors 7.00, acts start 7.30

Price: £6 (+60p booking fee) advance (buy here), £8 on door – all proceeds to charity. Our chosen charity this month is Deki, a Stokes Croft based charity who provide microloans to entrepreneurs in the developing world to build small businesses. This month they are aiming to help 1000 people break the poverty cycle.

Steve is unavoidably detained and so this will be the first Science Showoff ever to be hosted by someone else. It’s a good thing Ross is marvellous.


GEEK SHOWOFF, March 2nd, Star of Kings


Sometimes we all have to switch off from science. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty gravity-waved out. All I need is some good old-fashioned science detox, and some cleansing ideas that have nothing to do with all those different scientific methods.

Geek Showoff is the place to be. A chaotic, non-science comedy cabaret full of experts in things that don’t matter and tons of entertainment.

Tonight’s gig is a fundraiser for the excellent Arts Emergency. Performing for your excitement and edutainment are:

Steve Cross, nerdy comedian and troublemaker. Master of Ceremonies on a night with no ceremony.

Marianne Mulvey – Marianne Mulvey, Curator of Public Programmes at Tate, takes you through the weird and wonderful world of visitor feedback. With some candid examples you’ll find out what audiences really think, and some delightfully idiosynchratic suggestions for making Tate a better place.

Danae Eleni – Danae Eleni is an Operatic Soprano,  Producer and Educator.  With experience ranging from performing in 2000-seat theatres, to singing devised pieces at the resonant frequency of a damp tunnel, to performing bits of the Magic Flute whilst dangling upside down from an aerial hoop, Danae will share some of the dos and don’ts of being a self-employed opera singer.

Gill Conquest – Gill is a geek-anthropologist hybrid who works on digital mapping projects with hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin rainforest.

Kent Valentine – Kent is a stand-comedian and general scoundrel who, (much to his wife’s chagrin), likes to go hella-niché on archaic topics. When Kent (agnostic) and his wife Charly (Jewish) have a son, Kent goes a little too deep into the pros and cons of hacking off part of someone’s penis in the name God.  This is the 9 minute story of that journey into the heart of darkness.

Helen Armfield – Blurb refusenik, musician, writer and tech-wrangler.

Cat Rogers – The second freelance opera soprano on the bill. Where else can you get that kind of lineup? Apart from the opera, I suppose.

Bhavani Esapathi – Bhavani has gone from never having a job in her life to navigating a career in the Arts after moving from India to the UK and now starting her own company in the creative sector. She’s going to bust some myths about the current state of the economy and what this means to the Arts & explain why all her friends think she just sits in her pyjamas all day eating biscuits (although she does really appreciate a good biscuit and is willing to take time out of her schedule to accommodate that).

And more to be confirmed!

The gig is at the Star of Kings, London on Wednesday March 2nd. Doors open 7pm.

Tickets are £6 (plus 60p booking fee). All of that money will go to our charity, Arts Emergency. Any tickets not sold online will be £8 on the door.





UPDATE: all slots filled! Next gig will be in May, keep an eye out.

Bristol’s chaotic science cabaret night is back for 2016, and returning to our exciting floating venue at the Grain Barge.

On March 23rd, as ever, we are looking for performers to talk, dance, sing, demonstrate or generally make an exhibition of themselves about any aspect of any science. No experience necessary: just put together 9 minutes of material for us.

We have an incredibly welcoming audience of around 100 paying punters, a professional science comedian compere in Steve Cross, and all the money we raise goes to local small charities for whom the money makes a big difference. You can see examples of previous acts on our Youtube channel, but just because you don’t see anything like your work there doesn’t mean it’s not welcome!

We would really love to have more different kinds of performance, and when we say anyone is welcome, we mean it. Scientists, yes, but also students, actors, film makers, bands, sociologists of science, visual, mimes, playwrights, talented non-human animals, circus performers: go for it. Science belongs to you all as well.

Signup here: and we’ll be in touch to tell you more about it. Laptop, microphone, and projector provided: if you need other props or equipment, or have questions about performance, drop us a mail, or bug us on twitter.

See you there!

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.5, 22nd February, Star of Kings


It’s fresh meat night at the longest-running no-rules science comedy cabaret with Showoff in the name in London! Tonight join the fastest and funniest science MC in the land and eights acts who have never showed off before for a night of giggling while going “oo really I didn’t know that.”

You’ll see:

Steve Cross – geek comedian and your compere. Full of new ideas for causing trouble. The world’s only tarot reader to specialise in how your PhD is going to go.

Aimee Eckert – Aimee loves learning about cells & how they divide, but they don’t always love her back. Learn some neat facts about cell division and commiserate how, in her doctoral quest to unlock some of the secrets of cancer growth, the anarchistic cells do all they can to make research as difficult as possible.

Ali Mozaffari – The History of the Universe in Shirts: I will attempt to explain the 13.8 billion years old age of the universe using nothing more than a few (colourful) shirts and a lot of (colourful) imagination, chances are you’ve never quite seen cosmology done like this!

Tayyibah Ali – A PhD student studying neuromuscular disorders at Imperial College London, basically causing the accidental death of cells, on a weekly basis.

Nina Chhita – Matters of the heart: Valentine’s day left you broken hearted? Some steps on how to mend a broken heart with a little help from tissue engineering.

Russell Arnott – Exploring The Deep: Ocean vs Space. Why have 500 people been to space but only 3 men have been to the bottom of the ocean? Let’s discuss which is harder to explore: outer space or the deep ocean…

Abbie Fearon – I’m a post doc at the ETH Zurich. Back in London for the night and decided to try out some science-based comedy while I’m around. I work in cancer research which isn’t the funniest of topics so wish me luck.

Stevie Steven – Yorkshire lad with passion for fannying about. Successfully convinced a Yorkshire legend that science can be more than a vague interest. But where are you now, dad?

Antonia ForsterPropaganda, chemical warfare, and slavery: ants have a number of terrifying tactics up their sleeve. Ant expert Antonia Forster will be giving an insight into the bizarre behaviours and fighting tactics of humanity’s most formidable six-legged nemesis.

Anaïs Masetti – I’m an undergraduate student at UCL and a trained contemporary dancer, interested in exploring the creative and emotive potential of science, particularly genetics, through dance. Hopefully through my performance you will learn more about iPS cells and I will show you that stem cell research can be a moving subject.

The gig is on Monday February 22nd in the basement at the Star of Kings, London. Doors open 7pm and show starts at 7.30 sharp. These usually sell out (we keep the room small to make the gigs lovely) so do buy early to ensure a place!

Tickets come from here. They are £6 plus booking fee (60p). If we don’t sell out there will be tickets on the door for £8 each.

Facebook event so you can show off to your friends and potential dates that you’re clever and have a good sense of humour.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.5 – New Performers Night!

The old school rules are back in London for one night only!

When Science Showoff, a night of chaotic science and comedy cabaret, started in 2011 we let anyone and everyone to sign up to perform for us. Then we became so popular that we brought in guest curators to sculpt lineups of incredible acts for our loving public.

This February, for one night only, you can sign up to perform regardless of who has heard of you😉

The gig is February 22nd, in the basement of the Star of Kings on York Way in London. Sets are 9 minutes long and you can Perform in Any Style about Any Aspect of science. The event’s hosted by Steve Cross. We provide a microphone, a laptop and a projector. And a lovely audience of around 100 people. No-one gets paid because we give all the ticket money to charity.

We only want performers who have never done Science Showoff before, anywhere in the UK. That means you!

Signup to perform here:

If you want to see the kinds of things people get up to, do check out our YouTube channel.

This gig is ideal for scientists, teachers, students, science fans, musicians, educators, film-makers, drama practitioners, dancers, hands-on demo people, writers, STS researchers and anyone else with something to show off about science.

Tickets are already on sale if you’d like to come and see this exciting lineup of fresh talent. Get one here:

Tom Whyntie edit