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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.


Herman Pontzer
Herman Pontzer, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, studies humans and apes to shed light on our evolutionary past. He’s best known for his work on energy expenditure, physical activity, diet, and health among hunter-gatherers and other small scale societies around the globe.

Oval Sezer
I am an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I teach Negotiations and Decision Making at Kenan-Flagler. My research focuses on (mis)influence and counterproductive strategies that people engage in to influence others. People often rely on habitual but unproductive strategies to influence others, whether in impression management, advising, feedback giving, persuasion or conflict management. For example, people humblebrag, give backhanded compliments, namedrop, share an inside joke, hide their success to prevent envy, assert that they were right back in the time and say “I told you so”, fish for compliments, fall for asskissing, or mansplain. In my research, I show how people think these behaviors are effective in social interactions, but the consequences are often different from what they expect. My research investigates when and why people’s social intuitions are misguided and how they can fix these suboptimal behaviors. My work also identifies interventions that improve people’s social intuitions, offering tools that individuals can implement themselves to reconsider their default approach to influence.

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.