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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

Jeremy Genovese
Jeremy Genovese is Associate Professor of Human Development and Educational Psychology at Cleveland State University. He has a range of research interests that include cognitive evolution, the Flynn Effect, memory improvement, behavioral learning theory, evolutionary psychology, individual differences, the psychology of belief, and the cognitive effects of meditation and yoga. He is the author of many scientific papers that have appeared in such journals as Evolutionary Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, The Journal of Genetic Psychology, and The Social Science Journal. He is currently serving as president of the Cleveland State chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Liz Blanc
Liz is a comedian based in Cleveland. She has performed comedy all over the Midwest and worked with nationally touring headliners, including Joe List, Orny Adams, Cameron Esposito and Bonnie McFarlane. Liz loves to take awkward situations and make them just a tiny bit more awkward. She illustrates her experiences involving teaching high school, dating and other horrific moments through a comedic lens. Her relatable, cringe-worthy humor will definitely make you laugh at her, and maybe even with her. 

Andrew B. Slifkin
Andrew B. Slifkin earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University and a  Ph.D. in biopsychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University).  He served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Departments of Kinesiology  and Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University, under a National Institutes of  Health National Research Service Award.  That was followed by a year as a Fyssen Foundation  Fellow in the UMR Mouvement et Perception, Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II.   Slifkin is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University.  His main research interests are in understanding motor control processes in health, and in disease (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis)

Andrew B. Slifkin earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University and a Ph.D. in biopsychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University).  He served as a post-doctoral research associate in the Departments of Kinesiology and Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University, under a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award.  That was followed by a year as a Fyssen Foundation Fellow in the UMR Mouvement et Perception, Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II.  Slifkin is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Cleveland State University.  His main research interests are in understanding motor control processes in health, and in disease (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis).