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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.

Guests

Josh Linder

Josh Linder is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at James Madison University.  He's a primatologist with a focus on primate conservation in Africa.  He has been conducting research in Cameroon for over 15 years, studying, among other things, bushmeat hunting, the impact of industrial oil palm plantations on biodiversity, and red colobus monkeys. He aims to use scientific research to inform and improve protected area management. He is one of the lead co-editors of the forthcoming Red Colobus Conservation Action Plan.

Jennie Rosier
Jennie Rosier is an associate professor of communication studies at James Madison University, the director of The Relationships, Love, Happiness Project, and the author of two research-based, popular press books: "Make Love, Not Scrapbooks" and "Finding the Love Guru in You." As an expert of communication in romantic and parent-child relationships, she focuses much of her teaching and research on empathy, managing expectations, and communicating attachment throughout the lifespan. 

Dave Waite
Los Angeles based comedian Dave Waite is a charismatic oddball. He’s been seen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, and Last Comic Standing.  He’s also been a beloved guest on some of the top podcasts including Doug Loves Movies and the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show. He can also be heard frequently on SiriusXM and Pandora.