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.
Daniel R. Howard
Daniel R. Howard, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, with a research and teaching focus in the areas of neuroscience and behavior. He is from Oklahoma, and completed his B.S and M.S. degrees in biology at Northeastern State University, Ph.D. in the biological sciences at the University of Tulsa, and conduced his postdoctoral training in neuroethology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Howard studies animal communication using insects as model organisms, integrating research tools from the fields of bioacoustics, neurophysiology, remote sensing and machine learning to study the form and function of animal signals. He is especially interested in how animals have evolved to communicate in challenging ecological conditions, especially those typified by high levels of environmental noise. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee and Shawnee Nations, and also studies how Indigenous peoples understand animal behavior and integrate this understanding into their cultural traditions.
Carrie L. Hall
Carrie L. Hall, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, with a research and teaching focus in the areas of behavioral and community ecology, and in science education. She is from Oklahoma, and completed her B.S. (biology) and M.S. (biochemistry) degrees at the University of Tulsa, and Ph.D. in the biological sciences at Idaho State University. Dr. Hall studies the trade-offs animals face when providing parental care, and investigates how members in biological communities interact in the context of competition, mutualism, and in response to ecosystem disturbance. She conducts her research with insect models, and extends the findings of her studies to applied practices in conservation and natural resource management, integrating techniques from genetics, field ecology, modelling, spatial analysis, ethology, and microbiology. Dr. Hall is a veteran of the US Air Force, and also studies how college learners learn, and what factors motivate teachers to innovate in the classroom.
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