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.
Dan Bartels – Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dan studies how people think. His research focuses on a broad range of topics in higher-order cognition, including how people make moral judgments and choices, how people think about and make decisions that pose tradeoffs between what they want now and what’s better for them later, and how people think about and make decisions about money, like buying subscriptions, pay off their credit card debt, and make tradeoffs between spending and saving.
The comedy of Arish Singh, with its unique fusion of absurdist humor and political commentary has been praised by many, and described by many others as “yeah, not my thing.” Singh is a Chicago-based comedian who has opened for national acts like Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric), and W. Kamau Bell (CNN's United Shades), and has performed on stand-up showcases like Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Andy Kindler’s Particular Show and Chicago’s Comedians You Should Know. Singh has been featured in various comedy festivals including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival ('17), and the Limestone Comedy Festival ('17), and was a semifinalist for the Standup NBC competition ('17). Singh can be seen in the current season of the Netflix original series ‘Easy’ cabbing around a semi-fictionalized Chicago. In real Chicago, Singh runs the monthly show Monkey Wrench at The Hideout.
I am a marketing professor and consumer behavior researcher by trade, beer drinker by passion. Currently, my mind is preoccupied by topics such as how people make causal judgments, why collaborative consumption isn't always good, and what makes some data manipulations (i.e., falsifications) seem more or less bad. But, I've also done a lot of research on other more traditional consumer behavior topics including mental accounting, scarcity, choice architecture effects (or "nudges," as they tend to be called), and food choices. Much of my time is spent as a "peer reviewer" for academic journals, and I serve on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Consumer Research and the International Journal of Research in Marketing (but also review for numerous other journals including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and others). It's the time I've spent reviewing others' research and seeing my own reviewed (and often rejected) that has piqued my interest in and concern about where the academic publishing process is pushing scientific research.
$15 In Advance / $20 At Door / $25 In Advance for both shows - limited number of tickets available