Archive for September, 2017

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician

When:  Thursday, November 16th 2017, 7.30 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

After a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and fresh off the back of hosting QED 2017, Skeptic regular Dave Alnwick tours his new show ‘Literally the Best Magician’.

Is Dave Literally the Best Magician?  He certainly thinks so and intends to spend an hour proving it.  Working through every genre of Magic, Dave hopes to ‘one up’ the classics of conjuring.

Ok, enough of this third person charade.  I’m doing a Magic show.  It’ll be really good, you should totally come.  In the past I’ve focused on mentalism (y’know that Derren Brown mind reading business) but I thought I’d step away from that and have a go at old school stuff.  It’s not easy making tricks with rope, tissues and post-it notes interesting but I’m pretty sure I’ve smashed it.

“He is the kind of performer who could probably make reading the dictionary into an entertaining show” –

I’ll even do a talk after the show about Magic.  I’ll teach you a trick.  We’ll do a Q&A.  Maybe have a drink.  It’ll be dope. See you there.

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Be Reasonable: Episode #046 – Sam Osmanagic

Joining Marsh this time is author, sociologist and businessman Sam Osmanagic. Sam has made headlines around the world with his claims to have discovered ancient pyramids in Bosnia.



Skeptics with a K: Episode #207

Vaccination during pregnancy, science communication, and what happened in Las Vegas.  Plus vertebrae, indirect language, matched controls, and the remake of Dynasty.  Taking patients at their word, it’s Skeptics with a K.


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Chris Coltrane: Make Love and Smash Fascism

When:  Thursday, September 28th 2017, 7.30 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

Donald Trump. Poverty. Brexit. Piers Morgan. Yep: the entire planet has turned to garbage. Well, lucky for society then that Chris Coltrane has the solution to LITERALLY all the world’s problems, with his 6th solo stand-up comedy show: Make Love and Smash Fascism!

A new hour of hilarious, passionate political comedy to soothe your heart and kick-start your spirit. In his new stand-up special, Coltrane makes the case for optimism in a world filled with hate. He defends refugees against far-right Christians who turn them away (you know: like Jesus would have); he calls out Theresa May (the Waffle-Iron Lady); and he defends social justice using the most powerful and deadly weapon known to humanity: punchlines. And as for the election result: for the first time in years, it feels like the left could win – and Chris offers hope on where we can go from here. Coltrane says: “This year, more than ever, we need cheering up. In a world determined to crush your spirit, laughter is a radical act. And thus, coming to see me do comedy counts as activism.”

Never too earnest, and always playful, fans of alternative comedy, intelligent nonsense and engaging storytelling will adore Coltrane’s new hour. Mark Thomas says “Chris Coltrane is the future of British political comedy. He is funny, smart, and often right!”

★★★★★ Three Weeks: “An exciting, exuberant performance which is as informative as it is funny.”
★★★★ Chortle   ★★★★ The Skinny   ★★★★ The Scotsman
The Guardian: “Likeable, upbeat, and an attractive cheekiness… By Coltrane’s account, protest is getting funnier – which can only be good news for political comedy.”

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #206

Measuring migraines, detox juices, deceiving patients, and the sodium-potassium pump. Plus fighting giraffes, denying the BRCA link, overselling research, and the latest news from QED. Remember to pick up your QED ticket right now, at