• The Grove Theatre (map)
  • 123 Randolph Rd
  • Oak Ridge, TN 37830
  • United States

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.


Tyler Sonnichsen

Dr. Tyler Sonnichsen is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography at the University of Tennessee. He earned his PhD in Geography at UTK in 2017, and currently teaches Popular Culture and Human Geography. He has published on underground culture, the music industry, and ethnographic research on the internet. His first book Capitals of Punk: DC, Paris, and Circulation in the Urban Underground is due out this Spring on Palgrave. He is also a standup comic and producer, having released his second album Modern Life is Awesome on RainShine Records in 2018, but that's not why he's here.

Nina Fefferman
Fefferman is a Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in both the Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics where she uses mathematical modeling to explore the behavior, evolution, and control of complex systems with application in areas from basic science (evolutionary sociobiology and epidemiology) to deployable technology (bio-security, cyber-security, and wildlife conservation). She has been an active member of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), and the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a US Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. She has served on scientific advisory boards for the EPA, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, and Los Alamos National Laboratories and has consulted a random smattering of other governmental agencies and private companies. She also loves math and logic, the beauty and complexity of the world, and laughing with friends - she hopes tonight she can share all of these with you.

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.