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.
Colin DeYoung is Associate Professor of Psychology in the area of Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavioral Genetics at the University of Minnesota. He studies the structure and sources of personality, attempting to determine what are the most important personality traits and how they are produced by the brain. He won the Dissertation Award from the Association for Research in Personality and the Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology. He has published over 90 scientific articles, and his personality neuroscience research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Mike Lester is a standup comedian and actor originally from Minneapolis, MN. He was voted one of Minnesota's City Pages "Artists of the Year" in 2016. Mike ran a popular online sketch series with his group Lestaril, which led to the lead role in "Beware of Brobots," a national ad campaign for Sonobi. In 2017, he appeared in two online ads for CHEEZ-ITS produced by Funny Or Die, and starred in a national commercial for the product Screenflair. You can catch some of Mike’s Stand up on the sixth Season of “Coming to the Stage” on PlutoTV.
Bob Krueger is Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He has authored numerous scholarly publications in areas such as Personality, Psychopathology, Psychometrics, Genetics, and Health. Citations of his work place him in the top 1% of scholars worldwide. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) and the Theodore Millon Award from the American Psychological Foundation (APF). He is currently Editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders.