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.
Christine Larson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and co-founder of the Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project. Her research is focused on the neuroscience of emotion and how emotions are regulated. She is best known for her work investigating how emotions and cognitions become dysregulated in anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Whit’s debut album, “The Bakery Case” will be released by StandUp! Records in Spring 2019! She’s been featured by MoveOn.Org, is a frequent contributor to The Paper Machete at Chicago's Green Mill, OUT Chicago on WCPT, and the co-headliner of Is This Us? Are We Here? Comedy Tour?. Additionally, Whit has worked with the likes of Greg Behrendt (“See Whit on the cheap while you still can, because she is headed somewhere.”) and the great Eddie Pepitone (“Whit is one of my favorite comics everyone should know.”). Whit has performed at Riot LA, 208 Comedy Festival, Altercation Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, The Hollywood Improv is a regular at The Chicago Laugh Factory, and has appeared on "Put Your Hands Together w/ Cam & Rhea".
Dr. Krista Lisdahl
Dr. Krista Lisdahl is an Associate Professor and the Director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology (BraIN) Laboratory. The primary focus of her research is on the brain, cognitive, and health consequences of chronic drug use during adolescence and young adulthood and predictors of substance use onset in youth. More specifically, using magnetic resonance imaging and neuropsychological assessment, Dr. Lisdahl’s laboratory examines the effects of chronic cannabis, alcohol, nicotine, and ecstasy use on brain structure and function in youth. We also attempt to explain individual differences by examining whether genetics, gender, or lifestyle factors such as aerobic exercise moderate these effects. Dr. Lisdahl is a Principal Investigator or Consultant on over seven large-scale neuroimaging studies examining the impact of drug use on the developing adolescent or young adult brain. Currently, she is the Substance Use Assessment Co-Chair and UWM Site Principal Investigator for the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study; this landmark study will follow over 11,000 youth for 10 years to determine factors that impact adolescent brain, cognitive and affective development (https://abcdstudy.org/). She is also the Chair of Women in Neuropsychology (http://www.scn40.org/piac-win.html) Subcommittee within the APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. Her work has been nationally recognized by a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama and the National Institute of Health (NIH).