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Science Riot in Chicago!

We here at Science Riot Inc are very proud to announce a new science outreach series that will take place at two incredible venues in Chicago;

The Field Museum and the Theater on the Lake!

Science Riot focuses on how to make STEM professionals relatable and funny! Come show your support for local experts performing standup comedy for their first time ever. Get your tickets for our inaugural show at The Field Museum! There’s nothing like a night of intelligent comedy, drinks, and science.

Opening night is Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at The Field Museum’s Rice Hall. 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This show is for adult audiences only (18 years old or older). Tickets are available from Eventbrite. Please also RSVP on Facebook. Don’t wait to purchase your tickets–Science Riot shows typically sell out!

If you can’t make it to the first showing, save the date for the encore performance with the same ensemble of scientists.This event will take place Friday, April 20th at 7 pm. Tickets are now available for the Theater on the Lake show, and be sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Our Chicago events are produced in partnership with the Chicago Council for Science and Technology (C2ST)

The Chicago Council on Science and Technology is a not-for-profit organization that brings researchers and scientists out of the lab, to the public. In an age when barely one in four voting adults meet a basic level of scientific literacy, we aim to reignite an excitement and passion for science and technology, and remind Chicagoans of the quality and quantity of R&D that takes place in their backyard. Visit our website,, for a complete listing of our programs.


The vast majority of us are apprehensive about public speaking, and most scientists have no public communication training. That’s why Science Riot has developed a workshop that teaches the impossible—how to convey great science and be funny on purpose! During this crash-course in comedy writing and performance, science professionals develop a short comedy talk about their favorite scientific topic that they will then deliver on stage for the paying public.

Participation is encouraged from ‘scientists’ in the broadest sense of the term; anyone in a STEM-adjacent profession is welcome to join. Past presenters have included archaeologists, chemists, computer engineers, doctors, and pilots among other professions. Science Riot focuses on how to make your expertise relatable and interesting and finds the humor in your topic without undermining the seriousness of your work. Over the past two years, Science Riot has worked with hundreds of scientists and institutions like the Denver Museum for Nature and Science and the Space Foundation.

C2ST is recruiting scientists for our first training and shows. Training will begin in March, with three evening training sessions required: March 5th, 12th, and 19th at 6 pm. Two public shows have been scheduled, a 7 p.m. March 23 show at The Field Museum’s Rice Hall, and a 7 p.m. show on April 20 at Theater on the Lake. All those interested in participating should be available for all training sessions and both shows. If you can’t participate, be sure to register once tickets go on sale, and see what fellow scientists can do!

You can sign up for our workshop waiting list at