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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 90 minute 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.


Barry Kuhle
Barry Kuhle is an associate professor of psychology at The University of Scranton. His research explores the evolved psychological mechanisms that underlie jealousy and other aspects of romantic relationships. He has studied (a) the evolution of sexual fluidity in women, (b) the nature of ‘the birds and the bees’ sex talks, (c) sex differences in humor production on Facebook, and (d) what men and women seek and how they sell themselves on Tinder. He’s currently finishing a book to be published by Cambridge University Press in which he and a collaborator interview 25 of the world’s most influential evolutionary behavioral scientists.

P. Douglas Sellers II
P. Douglas Sellers II is an assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Scranton who studies memory and attention from an evolutionary perspective. Doug is interested in how basic cognitive systems were tuned by natural selection to aid in survival and reproduction. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the application of evolutionary reasoning to basic cognitive processes in adults and children, is a member of the editorial boards of New Ideas in Psychology and Psychological Reports, and serves on the council of the Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology. Doug received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 2015 and lives in Scranton, Pa with his wife Karin Machluf who is also an assistant professor of psychology at Penn State Scranton.

Myq Kaplan
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.