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.
Adrienne Massanari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include gaming, digital cultures, design, gender, and ethics. Her 2015 book, Participatory Culture, Community, and Play: Learning from Reddit, discusses Reddit’s culture and politics. Massanari’s work has also appeared in a bunch of academic journals that most people haven’t read. She is currently researching how Silicon Valley facilitated the rise of the alt-right, so please send her cute cat GIFs.
Shannon Noll is a stand up comedian based out of Chicago, IL. They have performed all over the city and the country including CYSK (Chicago and LA), Lincoln Lodge (Chicago), Comedy Corner Underground (Minneapolis), SF Sketchfest, and Limestone Comedy Festival (Bloomington). They currently perform as a member of the queer team Baby Wine at The Annoyance Theater and cohost the podcast Murdertown. Shannon's comedy is based in their experiences ranging from working as a chicken wing delivery driver to life as a genderqueer adult often mistaken for a little boy. Shannon is often described as extremely likable and this has been proven by the fact that Shannon gets away with talking about top surgery in small towns across the midwest.
Roy Christopher marshals the middle between Mathers and McLuhan. He's an aging BMX and skateboarding zine kid. That’s where he learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. He has since written about music, media, and culture for everything from magazines and blogs to journals and books. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University Chicago. As a child, he solved the Rubik’s Cube competitively.