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Stand-up Comedians + Scientists + Beer = Stand-up Science

Award-winning stand-up comedian and science podcast host Shane Mauss presents Stand Up Science! Learn and laugh as local scientists, comedians and other special guests join Shane to bring you an unforgettable 90 minute show that is equal parts ahas and hahas

Stand-up comedy and science have a lot in common. They both reveal truth, change our perceptions, and challenge the status quo. So why are they so underappreciated? Admittedly, comedy sometimes underestimates the intelligence of their audience, catering to the lowest common denominator. And science has the stigma of being overly complicated, unrelatable or boring. Until now.

Funnier and more provocative than TED Talks, while smarter than traditional stand-up comedy, Stand Up Science combines the best of both worlds. This thought-provoking night of laughs will leave you a little smarter, a little happier and send you home with plenty of fuel for your own conversations.

What to Expect:
As your host, Shane kicks the evening off with some of his best material on brainy topics, before introducing special guest speakers and performers. Guests range from Ivy League professors presenting groundbreaking academic research to local stand-up comedians delivering their most cerebral material. At the end of the night, Shane brings all the guests back onstage and opens the floor for a Q&A and interactive discussion with the audience.

About the host and origins of Stand-Up Science:
Shane Mauss leads two lives. In one life, he tours full-time as a stand-up comedian. Shane has brought his unique blend of absurdist humor, thoughtful insights and storytelling to cities all over the world, as well as TV spots on Conan, Kimmel, Comedy Central, Showtime, BBC, Epix and more.

In his other life as the host of the podcast Here We Are, he’s interviewed over 200 of the world’s leading academic experts about our most fascinating traits and behaviors while finding the funny in the innermost workings of life. Each week Shane illuminates a new area of research for the show’s 50,000 loyal listeners, earning a 5-star rating on iTunes.

Shane’s unique background, comedy, and personal philosophies have also made him a popular guest on other top podcasts like Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird, Marc Maron’s WTF, The Joe Rogan Experience, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, Bertcast and more.

Heather Kirkorian
Dr. Heather Kirkorian is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies cognitive development during infancy and early childhood, with a focus on the relations between digital media, learning, and play.

Nick Hart
Nick Hart has been performing all over the country in festivals for nearly ten years, He was a top 3 finalists in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. Nick has appeared on CONAN and has shared the stage with Marc Maron, Dave Attell, and Barry Crimmins.

C. Shawn Green
C. Shawn Green received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Brain in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota focused on machine learning and computer vision before joining the Department of Psychology at UW-Madison in 2011. Dr. Green’s research focuses on a range of broad topics in human learning - including the factors that determine how quickly humans learn, the factors that determine how deeply humans learn, and the factors that determine whether learning transfers to new contexts or environments. This research program utilizes a mixture of methods including the use of advanced brain imaging technology, classic psychophysics, and many distinct forms of modern technology including commercial video games.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.