Facts Machine is a show by and for people who are curious about everything — but especially the things that make them laugh! Accordingly, our podcast asks and answers questions like: Why is the nation of Finland rising out of the ocean? What is the legal definition of a cookie? Why were the Apollo 16 astronauts so gassy? And which animals just really suck?
Scientists by day and pub trivia hosts by night, Em, Noah, and Rob leverage their scientific curiosity and delight in obscure minutiae to bring you a show that explores life’s silliest, most unexpected, and outright awe-inspiring stories. And puns. So many puns.
In every show, we share fascinating facts and the larger stories behind them, concluding with a pub-style trivia quiz loosely inspired by that show's theme.
As a lung cancer researcher, co-host Em Costa studies the biological effects of poorly understood gene mutations, and so spends much of her time thinking really hard and pipetting a lot of pink liquids. When she's not doing that (or Facts Machine-ing, of course), you can find her cyanotyping, tending an impractically large windowsill garden, or obsessively Googling birds-of-paradise.
Co-host Noah Guiberson got his start writing and hosting trivia nights in the rugged pub quiz circuits of Baltimore and New York. Aside from recording and editing episodes of Facts Machine, Noah produces Science 101 at Caveat. A Weill Cornell neuroscientist by day, he seeks to answer the greatest trivia question of them all: How does the brain work?
Co-host Dr. Rob Frawley, PhD is an alumnus of Weill Cornell Graduate School where he studied orthopedics and cell biology. A long-time NYC Trivia Host, Rob now works with BioBus Inc. delivering science to schools all over New York City with a bus full of microscopes, amazing samples, and funny games. Rob spends the rest of his time swimming and waiting for it to be Pi Day.
Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 livestream.
No outside food or drink is allowed.
As we re-open we're doing everything we can to keep our audience, performers, and staff safe and are complying with all Covid regulations.
As part of this, all attendees must present proof of full vaccination to enter. Proof can be via the New York State Excelsior pass, a physical copy of the CDC card, a photo of your CDC card, or other electronic record of vaccination includes name and date (e.g., some chain pharmacies have an app with this information). In all cases the name must match that on your photo ID.
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