BOOKS SHOWOFF 2 – June 24th, Waterstones TCR, London


The second of a series of literary collaborations between a bookshop with a cool cocktail bar and a man who makes nerds funny for a living is here!

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We bring together readers, writers, publishers, comedians, librarians and booksellers to entertain you by talking about all the words they’ve been stuffing into their huge brains. Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross – Your MC tonight is a comedian who was put off books as a science student when he realised that some of them cost more than anything he had ever owned in his life.

Catherine Fletcher – Catherine writes history books. She would like to know why so many history readers are obsessed with the Nazis.

Ed Jefferson – I will be exploring the complete literary canon of ‘books about Nicolas Cage’.

Stephen Thomas – Stephen  is the founder of Folkroom Records, where musicians go to be discovered by much more famous, well-financed records labels. He’ll be looking into a collection of love letters from fans to their 1970s idols. Barry Manilow features heavily.

Robin Bray – I’ll be talking about re-building a library after the apocalypse, starting with goats and geese – a practical description of setting about making books from available raw materials.

Sophie Scott – set details tbc

Ali Mozzafari – How can you teach theoretical physics to your dog?

The gig is in the basement of the cool new Waterstones on the south end of Tottenham Court Road (it’s in one of the units that used to be big flash electronics shops) on Friday June 24th. Doors open 7pm. There is a lovely bar (yay!) and a lift down to the basement.

Tickets are £5 from here.

SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.8, June 21st, Star of Kings

There’s only one place where new science talent and ageing science hacks can come together and create a night of chaos. And that’s right here. Join us for an evening of looking at science from weird angles and going “OK BUT WHAT IS IT?”


From our May gig – an improvised birdsong competition

Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross – With two weeks to recover from his first solo hour (SO TIRING!) our MC is back with new ways of being annoyed with science.

Ali Mozzafari – Bubble science, a wonderful take on how, where and why bubbles form, from the beginnings of the universe to your back garden…

Sarah Barnes – What’s the worst that could happen? Sarah is a physicist and full-time worrier and will attempt to find out if it really is as bad as you think.

Robin Andrews – I’ll be talking about psychopaths: these poor, misunderstood creatures can actually have a hugely positive impact on society, and not all of them are naughty homicidal lunatics. I should know – I’m one of them, according to science! (Editor’s note – did we all guess that?)

Charlotte Mykura – A molecular biologist tries to talk about those big lumps of cells. You know the ones… They’re called… um… Animals, I think?

Bryony Frost – I’ll be talking through the history of the entire universe in 9 minutes – using LEGO.

Samantha Baines – Samantha hasn’t been to space, but would like to. Can you help?

Matt Jones – I am a third year PhD student in microbiology. Everything has gone wrong, there’s no point anymore, so why are you even asking? This is a desperate attempt at self-therapy.

The gig is at the Star of Kings on June 21st, with door sopening at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 which will all go to the charity Contact the Elderly They’re available here If we don’t sell out in advance, tickets on the door will be £8.


Steve Cross debuts his new hour-long solo show “How Science Ruined My Life”.

Photo by Jo Cross

Photo by Jo Cross

Steve is unique among science comedians in the UK in that he knows no science at all. He founded Bright Club, where academics across Europe tells jokes about their work, and hosts Science Showoff but still has managed to absorb no science whatsoever.

Join him as he tries to make sense of why people keep booking him for science events, sending him their science homework questions and letting him loose inside their universities, museums and zoos. Contains swearing, rude ideas, angry tweets by teenagers and lots of science. Much to his annoyance.

The second half of the show will be presentations by scientists entitled “How Steve Cross ruined my life”.

The show is in the basement of the Star of Kings, London on June 7th. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available from here for £5: or they will be £7 on the door.


Bristol, we know you missed us. It’s time for your next dose of science, fun, chaos and charity-supporting at our next Science Showoff. We’ve got poetry, drama, heartbreaking, and silly puns from 8 great people, each in a tasty bite-size 9 minutes or less, and tickets are just £6+booking fee in advance (buy now!), or (still a bargain) £8 on the night. All proceeds to the wonderful St Werburgh’s City Farm.

Here are the performers who will be each be delivering their own unique take on science-flavoured entertainment:

Steve Cross, our traditional, professional science comedian compere, survivor of two jobs in science and scourge of university finance departments.

Marcus Johns on ‘Mending a broken heart – relationship advice not included’

John McInnes is a PhD student with Bristol University’s Wireless Communications CDT and standup comedian. His set will combine both of these things and end up being dense with silly science/engineering/mathematical puns.

Sarah Snell-Pym will present “Stars in My Eyes – space, poetry, possibly a puppet, hopefully no singing but who can tell!”

Stephen Litherland – who will look at some of the crazier conspiracy theories and why people believe them.

Chris Dunford There are 34,772 hours of Star Trek and Chris Dunford has spent his life watching them repeatedly, at the expense of his own social development. At Science Showoff Chris will rant like an unhinged junkie for 9 minutes on Star Trek’s portrayal of politics, gender, race and morality, and what that tells us about our own society. Chris will strike a fine balance to ensure that his material is too niche to be funny and too flippant to be of any intellectual merit. Chris speaks about himself in the third person.

Joe Daly – a psychology student about to embark on a PhD in robotics who will be talking about some of the curious things that make robots likeable (or not…)”

and Diana Erandi Barrera Moreno, who’s breaking boundaries with a play featuring history, social sciences, and more!

The gig is at the Grain Barge in Bristol on May 25th. Doors open at 7pm with the gig starting at 7.30. We should be done by 10.30 and there will be an intermission. Buy Tickets Now : all money goes to St Werburgh’s City Farm.

BOOKS SHOWOFF 1 – 24th May at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.



The first of a new series of collaborations between Waterstones and comedian Steve Cross sees eight of London’s sparkiest readers take to the stage to share their passion (or intense critical appreciation) for books. Tonight you’ll see:

Steve Cross comedian, nerd celebrity, troublemaker and your compere. Hasn’t read a book since 2011.

Alice Bell presents a Brief History of Fan Fiction.

James Ward will be talking about secondhand books, receipts, accidental bookmarks, Google Streetview and how all of this resulted in him standing in the street and taking photographs of a stranger’s house.

Sarah Elizabeth Cox did an MA in International Relations and has probably read more books about the Cold War than your average person, but only remembers one of them. At Books Showoff she’ll discuss how the Berlin Wall wasn’t the only thing going down during 1989’s revolutionary climax.

Olivia Potts is an almost former criminal barrister, who moonlights as a cook and food writer. She’s a cookbook fanatic, and will look into her crystal mixing bowl to tell us what we’ll see from Nigella et al next.

Anne Welsh – Books sit on our shelves like undetonated bombs. Some have been captured by pirates, stopped a bullet, or sunk to the bottom of the ocean. They have told societies how to live, what to believe, and forecast the future. They’ve started wars and revolutions, and the shape of what we read, even onscreen, is still dictated, in the words of the song, by the size of a cow. Anne Welsh is big in Bibliography, and will share some cautionary tales. Tweets @AnneWelsh – mainly to a crowd of cataloguers, archivists and book historians.

Harry Harris joined a Finnegans Wake reading group and immediately found out just out of his depth he was surrounded by experts in politics, modernism, classics and Irish History – four things quite key in understand the Wake, he thinks…he’s really not sure, to be honest, but he’ll do his best to explain what he’s been doing on Tuesday nights for the past 5 months.

Kayleigh Betterton – “You know when you said ‘antiquarian books’ Miss, I thought you were talking about fishes…” Kayleigh Betterton is book-collector and teacher; reading, writing and educating young people about books on a daily basis. Tonight she will be talking about what happens when you introduce a group of South London teenagers to a collection of priceless, antique first editions.

Kerry Lambeth is writing a book about Shakespeare, tourism and bullshit.

The gig is in the basement of the cool new Waterstones on the south end of Tottenham Court Road (it’s in one of the units that used to be big flash electronics shops) on Tuesday May 24th. Doors open 7pm. There is a lovely bar (yay!) and a lift down to the basement.

Tickets are £5 from here.



Steve Cross, our host, comedian, nerd celebrity, troublemaker and founder of Science Showoff is back at The Edge for a line-up that will never be repeated, performed in ways you’ve never seen before.

Steve is joined by nanomaterial specialist, chemist, engineer, writer and TV presenter Suze Kundu along with Maia Elliot who brings unique ways of talking about the latest DNA science to all sorts of audiences.

Joining us from University of Bath is Director of the Centre for Death and Society John Troyer who sees Dead People. And he knows how the story ends.  Every time. We are also delighted to welcome Social Scientist and postdoctoral researcher Oli Williams, and Chemical Engineering PhD student Parimala Shivaprasad.

Parimala specialises in reaction engineering – asking ‘what connects a sheep and a DJ?’ whilst Oli uses art and design as part of the AWL art collective, to highlight health inequalities and instigate change.

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SCIENCE SHOWOFF 5.7, 16th May, Star of Kings, London


Hello science fans! Would you like a night of enlightening nerdy entertainment with a rich seam of hearty laughter right through the middle? “Wouldn’t that be like having a delicious cake that has somehow been filled with an even more delicious yet quite different cake, Steve?”. Yes, dear reader it would. And it will be a TREAT.


Science Showoff marries chaos, comedy and science in a three-way formal relationship that would be illegal if they were people. Tonight we host a lineup stuffed with fresh science talent, with a couple of seasoned pros to keep this complicated mixed metaphor afloat. You’ll see:

Steve Cross – Comedian and your MC for the night. Love crisps.

Tim Maynard – Chameleons live!! natures super heroes! The most awesome, amazing beasts on the planet!

Flo Schechter – Think homosexuality is unnatural? There are at least 1500 species who would disagree with you.

Dan Stowell – Dan Stowell will talk about the unexpected consequences of inventing a
machine for recognising birdsong.

Adam Woodhall – Adam Woodhall is a force for good, taking you on a journey to a galaxy far far away…

Claire Asher – Claire is a freelance science writer, communicator, and innovation officer for the London NERC DTP. She’ll be taking us on a whistle-stop tour of evolutionary biology, from meerkats to slime moulds, all the way to the future of homo sapiens.

Hannah Cameron – 3d printing based humour with Hannah and TinyBoy, where you will learn about pineapples, bulbasaurs and printing/life fails.

And more to come!

The gig is at the Star of Kings on May 16th, with door sopening at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 which will all go to the SANE Mental Health Charity. They’re avilable here. If we don’t sell out in advance, tickets on the door will be £8.