Science Showoff – 15th November, Star of Kings

We bent time and space to bring you stupid amounts of showing off up and down the country in October, and there’s no sign of November slowing down. A large number of people may have elected Donald Trump to the presidency at this point – it’s probably for the best that we all hide in a basement with loads of booze.



Cheering you up at the Star of Kings, York Way, London, on Tuesday 15th November are:

Matt Hutchinson  – Matt’s a junior doctor driven into the arms of stand up comedy by the new contract. The fact he considers making strangers laugh the best use of his time should tell you all you need to know about the state of the NHS.

Kyle Evans – Kyle’s first love was Countdown. He’ll be talking about some of the maths behind the Countdown numbers round and then doing a song.

Matthew Young – We’ve all been told that the only constant in life on Earth is that things get old and die – but neuroscientist and science communicator Matt Young won’t accept this. Get out your notebooks and brace yourselves for Immortality 101; a bullet point guide to how you can live forever! Maybe.

Claire Asher – Claire is a freelance science communicator, and part-time Innovation and Impact Officer for the London NERC DTP. She’ll be talking about sex and evolution – from antlers to eye-stalks, and explaining why evolution has produced so many weird and wonderful ways to attract the opposite sex

Kate Storrs – Kate will be talking about Better Living Through Algorithms – her quest to improve her life with mathematics and machine learning, featuring a computer-generated TED talk and an attempt to live The Most Average Day.

Rebecca Mileham – From spacecraft to sharks, Rebecca writes about science for exhibitions around the world. She’s always looking for great examples of museum labels that put big ideas into a small number of words – but has more luck finding those that fail. Spectacularly.

Selina Groh – Selina is a PhD student with a love for spiders and crocodiles who has gone from studying plant population dynamics to fulfilling her palaeontology dreams. How have crocodiles evolved? Why does Selina dream in 0s and 1s? Why are all skulls called John? And how the heck do palaeontologists actually try and make sense of the past?

Plus more from Maia Elliott and your compere Steve Cross who, on a related note, has an extremely long skull (not called John).

Tickets available via WeGotTickets – £6.60

Science Showoff at SpotOn 2016 – 3rd November, Star of Kings

When trying to make your equipment work, please a reviewer, or understand what that woman in your office is going on about, sometimes you just have to laugh.

So we’re adding a Science Showoff fringe event to SpotOn London, a one-day conference looking at the future of science, communications, technology and policy, on the 3rd of November. See attendees from the conference and our usual motley crew of talented science communicators perform at the Star of Kings in central London. We welcome anyone in the audience, whether they are attending the conference, scientists, or real people, as long as they are good at clapping.

Convinced? Buy tickets now!

You will be hearing from the wonderful:

  • Florence Schechter,  a science YouTuber and performer with a BSc in Biochemistry. This taught her the invaluable skill of hating working in labs, so here she is talking about them instead. Her hobbies include travelling and finding an appropriate cat gif for every situation.
  • Stevie Steven GCSE: Confused and amazed in a world I don’t understand, I’ll share stories of adventure and fannying about. This is mostly improvised, includes science and is unnamed.
  • Davina Bentley works as a lawyer by day and stand up comedian by night. As a neuroscience graduate and lawyer she is  particularly interested in the emerging field of neurolaw, but there are no good jokes there so just makes gags about body parts instead.
  • Sadie Harrison, dramaturgist and historian. She doesn’t know anything about publishing in 2030, but she can tell you about 1730.
  • Mike Conterio, who will be shining a light on a common device that has been of dubious benefit to science talks, but a boon to science and sci-fi
  • Elodie Chabrol – a researcher in neuroscience at UCL and the French director of Pint of Science. Outside of the lab, you’ll find Elodie on her phone organising Pint of Science and if not she’ll probably be at the pub! Elodie will talk about love, oxytocin prairie voles and will try and experiment on the audience.  Be ready to fall in love!
  • Scary Boots, a PhD student who will address fundamental scientific questions such as what to investigate and what to do when it doesn’t work.

Your MC for the night will be Northern Powerhouse Dr Jamie Upton. Jamie has a grand total of 1 (one) open access paper, which at least 8 people have read – 7 of whom are not his mum.

And more to be confirmed when we know what they are talking about! (If you’re attending the conference and interested in performance, give us a mail – )

Location: Star Of Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX ( map )

Doors: 7pm, acts start 7.30

Tickets are £6 and all money goes to charity. Buy here or on the door.

The venue is upstairs: if you have access requirements, please contact us and we will do all we can to help.

Science Showoff Bristol – 23rd Nov

It’s the time of year when we celebrate rebels and iconoclasts – and so why not bring that spirit to science cabaret? On the balance of probability, you are unlikely to be burnt! Tickets now available to attend: Buy now. Acts this time include some stories of the women immortalized on the moon, the maths of why video games are hard, and the science of plankton.

Plus, we are looking for one more performer to talk, dance, sing, demonstrate or generally make an exhibition of themselves about any aspect of any science. No experience necessary, first-timers and new ideas welcome: just put together 9 minutes of material for us. Signup here .


Previously we have welcomed theatre about periods, rap about travelling to Proxima Centauri, dance expressing the formation of the first cells, and good old role-play as a hydrogen fuel cell. If you are: a science student or teacher, an actor or film maker, a band, a mime troupe, a circus performer or even a scientist with something to communicate about science, go for it.

Signup here: , and we’ll be in touch to tell you more about it. Laptop, microphone, and projector provided.

See you there!

Scarier Than Fiction – 1st November, The Harrison, Kings Cross

From the same team that brings you chaotic science comedy cabaret Science Showoff, we present an evening of unexpectedly scary* science for Halloween.

*scary how funny this will be of course


This gig – the first of three taking place at The Harrison – will feature the following ghouls from the alternate dimensions of science and comedy who will be sharing what they find spooky and bizarre in science.

MCd by the razor sharp wit of Cerys Bradley, a PhD student studying privacy and security, unsuprisingly, her material for this show has pretty much written itself…

Aimee Eckert – What’s so scary about a tiny fruit fly? Surely nothing? There’s no way a fruitfly could haunt your nightmares, that is until Aimee shows you how to create Halloween themed mutants.

Matthew Partridge – A short talk on the discovery in the mid-1800s of total internal reflectance and then the subsequent harnessing of it in glass optical fibers by Charles Vernon Boy. Dr Matthew Partridge has a PhD in fiber optic chemical sensing, and works as a Research Fellow in the centre of Engineering Photonics at Cranfield University.

Anna Plozajski – You would think that understanding how things work would make you less scared of stuff, more in control. But since becoming a materials scientist and learning about the inner workings of everyday objects, Anna has become terrified of inert, inconspicuous, inanimate things. So fasten your seatbelts, and prepare to pick up phobias you never even knew existed.

Florence Schechter
Sadie Harrison
Ali Mozaffari
Tayyibah Ali
and Robin Andrews

Venue: The Harrison, 28 Harrison St, London WC1H 8JF

Tickets: £5, all proceeds to Anxiety UK. Ticket link coming soon!

We’ll be back in The Harrison on 22nd November and 6th December.

ENGINEERING SHOWOFF – Manchester, October 26th



Science Showoff is teaming up with the Royal Academy of Engineers to help make engineers funny and give them a chance to share their work with new audiences in a humourous way. Engineering Showoff is here!

Join us in Manchester for the first gig of our tour, and meet eight amazing local engineers with hilarious stories to share. We’re part of the Manchester Science Festival and the gig’s on the evening of Weds October 26th at Pub/Zoo.

Engineer Anna Ploszajski at Geek Showoff

Engineer Anna Ploszajski at Geek Showoff

Tonight you’ll meet these amazing and hilarious folk:

Steve Cross – comedian and founder of Science Showoff. Obsessed with concrete, rebar and breaking things.

Matt Dickinson – Associate Lecturer in Computer Aided Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire

Alison Benn – Mechanical Engineer for Astra Zeneca

Jane MacGruer – Process Improvement Manager for Galaxy Optical.  A lean, mean, standard operating procedure producing machine.  If you’ve got a process, I’ll map it, document it, analyse it, and look for efficiency savings.

Nick McCloud -Electronics and Software engineer

Matthew RoyLecturer in Materials for Demanding Environments, University of Manchester.

Mairi Olivier – Design Engineer.

Tickets are available for £5 in advance from All ticket money will be given to Manchester Science Festival to help fund their outreach to Manchester’s science fans.

MC Steve Cross and a science expert

MC Steve Cross and a science expert

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

Want to know any more? EMAIL engineer AT to find out more or get involved in performing at another of our gigs.

MY NAKED MOLE RAT LIFE – 2nd November, Star of Kings


Following a completely sold out performance at Somerset House with “What Humans Can Learn From Naked Mole Rats” (part of the Utopia Season), naked mole rat lover Steve Cross and friends come to the Star of Kings for a night celebrating the best animal in the world.


Tonight you’ll meet some of the UK’s biggest naked mole rat experts and obsessives, with their amazing stories of letting sabre-toothed sausages into their lives. Expect cancer-dodging science, sweet potato recipes, and more.

The performers are:

Steve Cross – The comedian whose naked mole rat obession has taken him across Europe to meet loads of identical colonies of these basically identical personality-less animals.

Chris Faulkes – the daddy of naked mole rat breeding and science in the UK.

Sarah Cox – Sarah is a self-styled press officer for naked mole rats and has talked many an unsuspecting journalist into publicising the GREATEST ANIMAL EVER. She owns a hand-painted naked mole rat pillow.

Kelly-Anne Kelleher – Naked mole rat zookeeper and the person who brought popcorn into the naked mole rat world.

Charlotte Mykura – molecular biologist and naked mole rat fanatic.


Prof Karmadillo – Singer of science with a strong song about the sabre-toother sausage.

Steve Le Comber – Queen Mary, University of London’s top mathematician and modeller explores how naked mole rats can help us medically treat the results of human violence better.

Tickets for this gig are available from for £6 in advance or £8 on the door. All ticket money will be given to Macmillan Cancer Support. Doors open 7pm, gig starts 7.30.

The gig is in the basement of the Star of Kings, on York Way in London.

Dr Jiggs Bowson’s Charming Science Friends – BRIGHTON, 26th Nov

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER a new night of science, cabaret, music and fun featuring the cream of Brighton talent, a couple of shipped-in celebs and all curated and MCed by science, hoedown and lipsyncing star Dr Jiggs Bowson. She’s exactly like the west end of Brighton; peerless. Prepare to leave with your tiny hearts broken by her whimsy and wickedness!


DJBCSF is a brand new event designed to represent the city it lives in, blending vintage chic, end-of-the-pier bawdiness and high camp but with one eye on the world-leading science and technology research happening in and around Brighton.

For our first ever gig we bring you these incredible acts:

Katie Ptasińska – Scientist by day and comedian by night, Katie is Poland’s answer to Tina Fey & she is on a personal mission to improve public perceptions of her experimental organism – yeast.

Dr Kayleigh Wardell – Prepare for the silliest and most hilarious explanation of human fertilisation you will ever see by genetics researcher and science communicator Kayleigh.

Oliver Assetts – Drag King Oliver Assets is the master of a million miserable faces. #ReluctantlySexy, his deadpan performance guarantees there won’t be a single dry seat in the house.


Alex Lathbridge – Cancer researcher Alex brings you Rapstract: All science communication will eventually hit a hip-hop singularity. Come and find out why.



Sam Lake – 2016’s South Coast Comedian of the Year (he’s banned from all other coasts), one-time Countdown contestant and Computer Science graduate (that counts as science, right?) Sam will bring you some gloriously geeky stand-up.

Dr Suzanne Harvey – Suzanne is a Biological Anthropologist interested in primate communication and social behaviour. An aspiring Dr Doolittle, she will be translating gibbon song into English in a bid to answer the burning question on everyone’s mind: Are gibbons really as monogamous as we’re led to believe?

Professor Kaos – Science magician and theatrical producer Prof. Kaos is a master of performing incredible science demonstrations all over the UK. This act is sure to be electrifying!

Professor (actually a professor) Sophie Scott – neuroscientist, brain wrangler and full on sexy science celebrity.
Steve Cross – The End-Of-Level boss of science comedy. A lover, not a fighter. The clever one from the unrivalled Masterpiece Bookshelf podcast. A world leader in naked mole rat fandom. Your secret crush.



Tickets are £7 (plus 70p booking fee) in advance or £10 on the door (but let’s be honest they’ll probably sell out in advance), from

DJBCSF is a partnership with Science Showoff and is financially supported by the Wellcome Trust.