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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 a one-of-a-kind 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.

Stand Up Science will blow your mind and bust your gut, but don’t worry… there is a doctorate in the house.

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.

Zlatan Krizan
is a Professor of Psychology at Iowa State University. After leaving seaside Croatia, he settled in the mid-west where he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2007. Dr. Krizan studies how sleep intersects with personality and social behavior, looking to basic biological processes as modulators of human capacities such as self-control and empathy. He has published more than 50 scientific works and is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He also currently serves as an Associated Editor for the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Research in Personality. When not in the laboratory, Dr. Krizan plays jazz with Indigo Monks (Ames, IA) and DJs around the Midwest.

Dan Umthun
Comedian Dan Umthun was born in Alabama, and was raised in Iowa. He has hosted the Underground Comedy Open Mic since 2008, curated regular showcases in Des Moines since 2009, and creates a weekly comic book/culture webcast called The Doomcast for Capes Kafe. He has helmed Beast Village since 2014. He and his wife have two cats, two dogs, a comic collection and lots of pretty good jokes.

Eliot Winer is currently associate director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC), a professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a faculty member of the Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program at Iowa State University. He received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1992 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo in 1994 and 1999. He teaches courses on mechanical systems design, optimization, and professional ethics. His research interests include large-scale collaborative design methods; analysis, visualization, and interaction with large data sets (i.e. “Big Data”); multidisciplinary design analysis and optimization; computer-aided design and graphics; and virtual reality and augmented reality for use in engineering design and manufacturing. He has had funding from a variety of sources including John Deere, the Boeing Company, the Department of the Army, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NSF, Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He is also a co-founder of three startup companies, the latest being BodyViz.com.

Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm.
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