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.
Jose Cibelli PhD DVM, graduated in 1998 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a PhD in Reproductive Biology, and in 1989 from Universidad de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina with a DVM degree. From 1999 until December 2002 he worked for Advanced Cell Technology, a stem cell company in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is currently a Professor at the Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Animal Science Departments at Michigan State University. His main area of research is understanding cell plasticity in the context of somatic cell nuclear transfer-cloning in bovine and zebrafish.
Graham is in the Children’s Research Center of Michigan of the Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine located at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Graham also works with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences funded program grant, Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors, housed at the new integrative bioscience center at Wayne State University. Graham’s research interests include the therapeutic potential and vulnerability of human stem cells with a particular focus on developmental models of the #1 inherited killer of infants, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Graham is also the Editor-in-Chief of Stem Cells and Development, Executive Editor of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, and Ethical Advisor for Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers.
Nerd/Punk Comedian Mike Bobbitt has appeared on ABC Family’s “Freak Out”, “Laughs” on Fox, and the hugely popular WTF Podcast with Marc Maron. He’s working on his fourth album, is happily married, has four cats, and looks good in blue.