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.
Jill Griffin is the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation & Change at the University of Evansville. After a meandering academic path that includes a BA in Math and Russian, an MA in Economics, a MS in Industrial and Operations Engineering, and an MBA, Griffin finally completed her Ph.D. in Marketing. With such indecision in her early career path, she decided to focus her research on decision difficulty! Griffin now enjoys working with students to make positive change in the community and the world.
Lora Becker, Department of Psychology, earned her PhD and master’s degrees from the State University of New York (Binghamton), and the bachelor’s from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio). Becker joined the UE faculty in 1999. As Directory of the Neuroscience Program she teaches classes in physiology, sensation and perception,pharmacology and human sexuality (litterally sex, drugs and how we listen to rock and roll). Her research involves getting zebrafish drunk, feeding pregnant rats phytoestrogens (think soy) and helping local companies understand their marketing by scanning emotions from potential customers.
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.