Steve Cross

Steve Cross is a comedian, nerd celebrity and troublemaker. He’s the founder and mentor of the Talent Factory. He’s on Facebook here, and his website is here.

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).croydon-lolly

These days he’s a geek comedian, presenter and producer, travelling across the UK helping all sorts of intellectual types share their passions. He founded Science Showoff and Bright Club, for example. He trains clever people to be funny, and has worked with academics, museums professionals, software engineers, architects, engineers, gamers and lawyers to make comedy part of their lives.

Steve can host a gig for your organisation, perform at your conference, awards show or dinner, or work with your colleagues to make them funny.

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 , The Microbiology Society, Science in Public and the Science Communication Conference.

edmoore-crossed-arms-shot-smallHe talks science on camera, with clients including the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Physiological Society, and is available to stare down a camera lens and get excited. Here he is talking about gambling.

Steve’s hour-long shows “How Science Ruined My Life” and “My Naked Mole Rat Life” are always available for your festival, and he will happily take on corporate gigs, after-dinner speeches and event hosting.

The best way to ask Steve to host your gig, present your show or train you to be funny is on twitter, or by emailing steve (AT)

Steve is a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, which means that Wellcome  financially support the Talent Factory project.


Steve tries to work out what sex and magnets have got to do with each other, at the Cheltenham Science Festival:

Steve calculates the day the world ended in the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, for a special gig to commemorate Towel Day 2017.

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