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.
Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his nine books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications. His tenth book, to be published in February 2018, is called Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
Dan Everett went to the Amazonian jungle of Brazil in 1977 and worked for the next thirty years off and on among a hunter-gatherer group known as the Pirahãs, perhaps the only atheist indigenous community in the Amazon. His work in anthropological linguistics has been controversial, taking on the linguistics and anthropological establishments by arguing that language is primarily shaped by culture rather than the mind. His books include Don't sleep, there are snakes, Language: the cultural tool, and How language began. A film about his life and work, The grammar of happiness, has won international prizes. His current work is on evidence for language from the Lower Paleolithic era (ca. 2 million years ago), studying the tools and symbolism of Homo erectus.
Ken Reid is a Boston based stand up comedian, podcaster, former punk rock teen (he was in the little loved 90's Boston Punk band 30 Seconds Over Tokyo) and adult survivor of a latchkey childhood. Reid was the long standing Friday night host at the legendary Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA and produced his chaotic comedy variety show The Secret Menu there for two years. Reid was twice nominated as Best Comedian in Boston by the defunct Boston Phoenix and named one of Boston's best comics by CBS Boston. He's performed at national comedy festivals including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Riot LA Festival, The Eugene Mirman Festival and worked with acts like Bob Saget, Todd Barry and John Oliver. He has appeared on NPR and is a frequent podcast guest having appeared on You're The Expert, Judge John Hodgman, Doug Loves Movies, Risk! and the Dana Gould Hour. He's also the host and creator of the popular TV Guidance Counselor Podcast