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 is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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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 =/

    1. Hey, I have a cousin in Seattle, also a skeptic.

      But yeah, I suppose I should stop being surprised at the sheer degree of vitriol aimed at women online.

  2. I am so bummed we couldn’t make it. (As a lifelong baseball geek I couldn’t give up a WS game at home.) Hopefully, now that you are living in SF we can look forward to more events like this?

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