The Story Collider: Stories About Science

Science surrounds us. Even when we don't notice it, science touches almost every part of our lives. At the Story Collider, we believe that everyone has a story about science—a story about how science made a difference, affected them, or changed them on a personal and emotional level. In our Gotham Storytelling Festival show, four storytellers will share hilarious, moving, or earth-shattering stories of life-altering science.

Since The Story Collider was founded by physicists Ben Lillie and Brian Wecht four years ago, it has traveled to cities ranging from San Francisco to London and garnered over 2 million downloads of its weekly podcast. Storytellers including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, bestselling authors, MacArthur Fellows, Emmy winners, and one America's Next Top Model contestant have appeared on The Story Collider's stage, telling their true, personal stories about science. 



Justin Cameron

Sword swallower

Justin is a product manager and mobile app designer at, where he works on search engines and secure email products. Before that, he was an itinerant technical writer, hacker, and, very briefly, a sideshow performer. He lives in Brooklyn.









Caitlin Brodnick


Caitlin Brodnick is a comedian, writer and storyteller living in Astoria, NY. She performs throughout the city and regularly in her monthly show "Shut Up!" now running at the The Peoples Improv Theater (PIT). She is a writer for and developed a her docu-series Screw You Cancer with Glamour and CNE. Screw You Cancer is a 2014 ASME Winner, and a Television Academy Emmy Honoree.She a Moth StorySLAM Champion, featured in the MOTH Podcast. Caitlin was recently quoted in both the New York Times, and The AV Club. Other credits include Risk, Sideshow Goshko, The Story Collider, and StoryLeague (Washington DC).


Ben Lillie

Science Storyteller

Ben Lillie is a high-energy particle physicist who left the ivory tower for the wilds of New York's theater district. He now writes and performs stories about science and being a scientist, and is a Moth StorySLAM champion. He also writes for, and likes to say that life is different now, largely because it is.




Sara Benincasa

Comedian and author

Sara Benincasa is a comedian and author ("Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom" and "Great"). Flavorwire recently named her one of 25 Female Comedians Everyone Should Know. She's currently on a 17-city tour, This Tour Is So Gay, to raise awareness for LGBTQ youth issues. In addition to her books, Sara writes for Playboy and Jezebel. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Burbank. She has a dog named Morley Safer.


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