Join us for a weird and wonderful night of science comedy, music and performance. 'Science Showoff' hosted by Steve Cross with invited guests, is 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.
Kicking off with an introduction from resident compere & comedian Steve Cross, the signed-up performers take to the stage to show off their science!
Show a film they just made
Try out a new demo
Practise a new science comedy set
Tell us about their new discovery
Perform a 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...
If you need any more convincing to get behind the Science Showoff team, they’ve promised to answer any and all science questions you throw their way on Twitter!
Steve Cross is (founder of Science Showoff) will be your compere for the evening. Once upon a time he was a spectacularly poor lab scientist, then an OK science communicator and for a while a museum and art curator (for Wellcome Collection). These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions.
He also founded Museums Showoff and Bright Club, for example. He trains clever people to be funny, through his project CLEVERmakeFUNNY, and has worked with academics, museums professionals, software engineers, architects and lawyers to make comedy part of their lives. Steve has performed at all the nerdiest places, like the Science Museum, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Royal Institution, The Edinburgh Science Festival, Green Man, the Natural History Museum, the Manchester Science Festival, the British Science Festival and the Barbican. He’s gigged for conferences including the Society for Applied Microbiology, the International Congress of the History of Science, Technology & Medicine and the Science Communication Conference.
Past MCs are Richard Herring, Isy Suttie and Josie Long. Such is the boom in science stand-up, the nights are being swamped by the professional comedy crowd.