• The Siren Theater (map)
  • 315 Northwest Davis Street
  • Portland, OR, 97209
  • United States

Stand-up Comedians + Scientists + Beer = 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.


Sara Waters
Sara Waters is an Assistant Professor of Human Development at Washington State University Vancouver. She investigates the impact of stress, from healthy stress to trauma, on young children's development and what parents and society can do about it. Her work has been featured on U.S. World News with Diane Sawyer, National Public Radio, and KGW 8 Portland Today as well as in the London Times and Psychology Today.

Anthony C. Lopez
Anthony C. Lopez is Associate Professor of international relations and political psychology at Washington State University, Vancouver, and serves as Associate Editor of the web magazine This View of Life. His research explores the psychological causes and consequences of inter-group violence, with a particular interest in questions of political radicalization and hatred, as well as the triggers of inter-state warfare. Dr. Lopez applies an evolutionary perspective to these questions, arguing that the human species is equipped with a “coalitional psychology” that is active in the interpretation of many group dynamics, such as group conflict and violence.

Caitlin Weierhauser
Caitlin Weierhauser is pretty fun. Based in Los Angeles, by way of Portland, they bring coach vibes and joyfully-tantrum-prone attitude with their stand up. Their credits include Just For Laughs, New Faces 2018, Portland's Funniest Person 2017, "Charlie" in The Benefits of Gusbandry on Amazon Prime, and "Flo" in Disney's Timmy Failure movie.

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