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Stand-up Comedians + Scientists = 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 2 hour 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.

Guests

Pete Holmes
Pete Holmes is the star and creator of HBO’s semi-autobiographical show ‘Crashing’ directed by Judd Apatow. He is the host of the top ranked podcast ‘You Made It Weird’. He just released his second stand-up special on HBO ‘Dirty Clean’.

Martie Haselton
Martie Haselton studies how ovulatory cycles influence women's sexuality. She is a professor of psychology and communication and a member of the Institute for Society and Genetics and UCLA. Haselton’s research has been extensively covered in the news, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The New York Post, Time, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times, and she has been interviewed on NPR, CNN, Good Morning America, and The View. She is the author of Hormonal: The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones—How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make Us Wiser (Little Brown and Co., 2018). Her book has been translated into eight languages and will appear in paperback in 2019.

Greg Bryant
Greg Bryant is a professor in the Department of Communication at UCLA. He received a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from UC Santa Cruz and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in biological anthropology. Greg is interested broadly in the evolution of human vocal communication and social behavior. In his research he has examined vocal phenomena both within and across cultures including vocal emotions, infant-directed speech, laughter, verbal irony, and music cognition. This empirical work is complemented by his longstanding interest in playing and recording music in a variety of styles.