What is Science Showoff?!?

What is Science Showoff?

It’s a chaotic open mic night for scientists, science communicators, science teachers, historians and philosophers of science, students, science popularisers and anyone else with something to show off about science.

When and where does it happen?

At least once a month in London, and also all over the country, especially Bristol, usually starting at 7pm. The first gig was on October 4th, 2011.

What happens on the night?

We start at 7.30, with an introduction from compere Steve Cross, and the night runs in two halves, each an hour long. The signed-up performers take to the stage to show off their science. They might:

Show a film they just made
Try out a new demo
Practice a new science comedy set
Tell us about their new discovery
Perform an 9-minute play about science
Play their new song about protons
Tell us what they’ve been up to
Predict the future
Give us a taster of their science-themed Edinburgh show
Read us their latest science poem
Try out a bit of a new science lesson on us
Play us a short radio documentary
Experiment on the crowd
Read us a blogpost
Perform an interpretive dance about science

Or anything else…

Every set lasts 9 minutes or less. There’s a 20 minute intermission and we finish by 10pm, to give us an hour of picking each other’s brains over beer and to form new plans and partnerships before closing time.

Is there money involved?

No-one gets paid. We sell tickets and all proceeds go to a charity, chosen for that month’s gig. In our first year we raised £5000 for a collection of charities. In our second year (Sept 2012-Aug 2013) we raised £12 000. Year three (Sept 2013-Aug 2014) we raised £15 000.

I want you to come to my town / organise a gig with my conference

Brilliant. We’d love to. We’ve gigged at the British Science Festival, Manchester Science Festival, The Green Man Festival, the Cardiff Science Festival, with the British Science Association Science Communication Conference, SpotOn London, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Epic Encounters Season and loads more!

We’ll need you to find someone who will pay for our trainfares and hotels, though. Email us to find out more.

Sometimes you post ‘SIGNUP TO PERFORM’. How does that work?

For these gigs we publish an online sign-up sheet. The first people to sign up are guaranteed slots of up to 9 minutes on the night to do whatever they like as long as it has a science flavour. The organisers hold a few slots for invited guests.

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Never Explain (the worst-behaved science comedy panel show) – Thursday 12th April



Never Explain is a new science comedy panel show podcast from Steve Cross. It’s science made hilarious, awkward and weird, where the right answer gets you no friends and making jokes at each other’s expense is the key to being a winner.

Join us at The Harrison Gastro Pub & Hotel in London on Thursday 12th April for two shows as the cream of the Science Showoff Talent Factory take on the rest of the world to find out who can say the funniest things, and stir the most sh*t, while never really getting to the real science.

In game one Aimee Eckert (glamorous star of Dr Jiggs Bowson’s Charming Science Friends) and Matt Hutchinson (curator and compere of Mixtape At The Albany) take on Fran Day (physics comedian) and Faz Alam (the world’s funniest detective of medical fraud).

In game two Mike Conterio (host of The Variables Presents in Cambridge) and Hannah Thompson (winner of numerous science communication competitions) go head to head with an all-Nottingham team made up of Shalaka Kurup and Kath Thomas (both veterans of Bright Club and Science Showoff).

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start

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