Quiz-o-Tron: Great Success, Despite My Own Best Efforts

As a follow-up to last week’s post offering the ten best reasons why Bay Area Science Festival should have banned me, I thought I’d reveal that I did, in fact, end up performing Quiz-o-Tron. The gorgeous Castro Theatre filled up quite nicely with people who must not have seen the petition, though BASF director Kishore Hari tipped them off by mentioning it in his opening introduction (and also clarifying that his official answer to the petition is “fuck no”).

So my eternal thanks go to Kishore for inviting me to participate in the Festival and for handling everything, the petition included, beautifully. Thanks also to Mad Art Lab‘s Anne Sauer, who was a tremendous help in handling all the logistics of putting the show on, and Adam Isaak, my perma-producer who built Quiz-o-Tron and keeps it running even while occasionally harvesting it for parts.

And of course, big thanks to my panelists: Caitlin Gill, Yau-Man Chan, Bonnie Burton, Annalee Newitz, Phil Plait, and Matt Gubser! They were hilarious and smart and everything you want from a comedy science quiz show panel.

Here are some photos shot by Adam Isaak (and one from audience member Marc Abrams). Video of the show will be online at some point in the future!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. Truly this depraved action against journalistic ethics is another sign of our impending doom! How so many people could enjoy an evening of such fun for such a reasonable price is beyond me! Mostly because I’m in Seattle, not San Francisco =/

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