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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.


Kayly Lembke
Kayly Lembke is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She received her PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, where she studied Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. An electrophysiologist by training, she uses fruit flies to study synapse structure and function in order to understand how defects in these contribute to neurodegenerative and cognitive diseases. She was a founding member of Women in Science-PDX, served as president of the OHSU Graduate Student Organization, and continues to be active in science outreach and communication.

Nicole Green
Nicole Green is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Carver College of Medicine using fruit flies to understand how tissues develop. Whether she is studying the unlikely partnership of muscle and immunity or pathways important for stem cell biology, Nicole loves sharing the merits of Drosophila with friends and the occasional bar patron.

Dan Umthun
Comedian Dan Umthun was born in Alabama, and was raised in Iowa. He has hosted the Underground Comedy Open Mic since 2008, curated regular showcases in Des Moines since 2009, and creates a weekly comic book/culture webcast called The Doomcast for Capes Kafe. He has helmed Beast Village since 2014. He and his wife have two cats, two dogs, a comic collection and lots of pretty good jokes.