Live Events

Hosting, chairing, MCing or facilitating: whatever you call it, I have done it from Moscow to St. Louis, from unruly comedy clubs to London's most prestigious Learned Societies. 

Recent gigs include moderating bilingual panels on robotics in Russian & English, chairing lively discussions on Big Data and mathematical modelling for general audiences, and hosting Science Burlesque - a disturbing cabaret.

I'm also invited to speak on panels, to bring my mix of levity and substance to keynote events,  and to pitch into contentious debates.

For less serious events, see also Comedy & Performance pages.


"Just wanted to thank you again for being such a fabulous chair for us this week at our Pelican event with Bruce. So many people since have told me how much they especially enjoyed the way you held the whole event together, and kept it so lively, energised and fun."

Mairi Ryan, Joint Head, Public Events Programme, RSA

"I couldn't have asked for a better chair for 'Examining the Evidence'. You pitched it perfectly and kept those boys in line with a light touch. The audience feedback has been great, they went away stimulated, entertained and wanting more."

Alex Julyan, curator Quacks and Cures at Wellcome Collection

"You're an accomplished and charming chair"

Ken McLeod, writer

"A big thank you for your excellent compering last night. I thought you really made the event work and helped to bring all the elements together. I appreciate you kept your banter within our guidelines and were really professional with your dialogue to the web cast. In fact some people from the audience said it felt like being part of a TV show… Your confidence and energy made the panellists feel they were in safe hands, which helped them to relax into the format. I was really pleased with how you involved the audience and how quick you were to pick up on their responses."

Pigalle Tavakkoli, Dana Centre