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.
Kathleen Vohs is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Land O'Lakes Chair in Marketing at University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She has authored more than 250 scholarly publications, writing extensively on self-control, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, meaning in life, lie detection, and sex. Citations of her work place her in the top 1% of scholars worldwide. In 2014, she was named one of the 'Best Business School Professors Under 40.’ In 2018 was named one of the world’s Top 25 Behavioral Economists by thebestschools.org.
Gentleman degenerate Steve Gillespie delightfully pushy persona and coarse yet effective word choice have recently landed him on Conan and sent his critically acclaimed second album to the top of the iTunes comedy charts.
Stephanie Carlson is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, in the Institute of Child Development. She is best known for her research on the development of self-control and imagination in young children. She is also Co-founder and Chief Science Officer for a local start-up company, Reflection Sciences.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.