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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.


Julie Longua Peterson
Julie Longua Peterson is an Associate Professor of psychology, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and principal investigator of the Self and Close Relationships Lab at the University of New England. Her program of research uses experimental, observational, and experience sampling methodologies to investigate the ways in which explicit (conscious, controlled) and implicit (unconscious, automatic) self and relationship processes influence how people navigate the ups and downs of daily life (e.g., acceptance, rejection).

Ben Twining
Ben Twining is Henry L. & Grace Doherty Vice President for Education and a Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, an independent non-profit ocean research laboratory in East Boothbay. When not working with students or managing education programs, Ben studies the role of iron and other metals as nutrients for algae in the ocean. This work has taken Ben and his research group around the world, from Antarctica to the North Pole, as well as more welcoming spots such as Tahiti and Bermuda. Ben has a PhD in Coastal Oceanography from Stony Brook University and a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Ken Reid
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