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.
Kay Holekamp is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, in the Department of Integrative Biology. She is best known for her research on the evolution of intelligence and behavioral development, using spotted hyenas and ground squirrels as model organisms. She is also Director of the graduate training program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at MSU.
Zach Hambrick is a professor in the Department of Psychology at MSU. There he is the director of the The Expertise Lab which focuses on the origins and underpinnings of skill in domains such as music, games, sports, and professions. Research in the Expertise Lab uses state-of-the-art techniques to identify factors that explain individual differences in the attainment of high-level skill in these domains.
Aaron Putnam got his start in comedy while taking classes at UCB NY. This is where he learned his most important lesson to this day, and that is: to BOMB! NIGHT AFTER NIGHT! He thought it was rude to take all those innocent improvisers with him, so he started doing open mic stand up all over NYC. That was 2011 -- flash forward to today: Aaron Putnam is a Chicago-based comic and the founder of Stand Up in Recovery where comics put on shows at recovery centers across the country. He has opened for Doug Stanhope, Erik Griffin, Robert Kelly, and many more. At this point you might be saying "I wanna know about the DRAMA, the RECOVERY, etc." The truth is on paper and it's downright scary, but when told on stage, through a mic -- hilarious.