Stand-up Comedians + Scientists = Stand Up Science
Valentines Day Edition!
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.
Myq Kaplan is a comedian named Mike Kaplan. He has performed on the Tonight Show, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Late Late Show with James Corden, in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, and in his own one-hour special on Netflix and now Amazon, “Small, Dork, and Handsome.” He has been a finalist on Last Comic Standing and recently appeared on America’s Got Talent. His debut album “Vegan Mind Meld” was one of iTunes’ top 10 comedy albums of the year, and his most recent album "No Kidding" is one of the top billion albums of eternity.
Kristin Hook is a biologist studying the evolution of reproductive traits at the University of Maryland. Kristin earned her Ph.D. in animal behavior from Cornell University, and her B.S. and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is now a postdoctoral fellow investigating how the shape of sperm impacts their unique ability to form coordinated groups of cells that swim together in Peromyscus mice. She is an active advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in science. You can find her on Twitter @Kristin_Hook.
I am one of those nerdy people who grew up catching frogs and salamanders in the backyard, and I loved reading my older brothers’ high school biology textbooks. I moved around a lot as a kid, starting in the Midwest and migrating to the East Coast, where I finished high school in Princeton, New Jersey. I went to UC Berkeley as an undergrad, where I worked at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology as a Curatorial Assistant for Herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians, has nothing to do with herpes). There, I fell in love with biological variation and wanted to know more about how evolution makes cool, pretty things. I became enraptured with museum collections, field work, and natural history. Soon after, I left for Oregon State University to work on my PhD, in which I asked how two garter snakes and a toad can coexist on a high-elevation landscape. Toward the end of my dissertation, I decided to shift gears away from selectively neutral microsatellite allele frequencies and instead study things that mattered, like sperm. I switched systems and moved to Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California, to work on the evolution of sea urchin sperm shape and try to identify genes that control whether sperm have short fat heads or long skinny heads. It turns out that sea urchins are a terrible model organism for genetics, so I moved to Syracuse University to study Drosophila fruit flies. It turns out that Drosophila also have much more interesting sperm. Spoiler alert, they’re big. I am now an Assistant Professor at the George Washington University here in DC, still studying flies and sperm, but I’ve expanded my research to include questions about how the gut microbiome is required for learning, and how alcohol use in parents affects alcohol metabolism in their kids.