• The Siren Theater (map)
  • 315 Northwest Davis Street
  • Portland, OR, 97209
  • 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.


Michael Soroka
Michael Soroka is a mechanical engineer, roboticist, designer, and glass artist. From MIT to Parson’s School of Design to Pilchuck Glass School he explores the integration of robotics and computer science with art and design.

Brittany Alperin
Brittany Alperin is finishing her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University and will be starting a new job as visiting assistant professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Richmond in the Fall. Broadly, Brittany is interested in attention and emotional well-being. More specifically, she conducts research on the phenomenon of mind-wandering and how the content of mind-wandering relates to mental health.

Jason Traeger is an artist living in Portland, OR.
As a comedian he is a featured regular at Helium Comedy Club and has been a three time finalist in its Portland's Funniest Person Competition. In 2019 he performed three nights of Stand-up with The Oregon Symphony at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the last of these performances aired on NPR stations. Other national appearances include PRI’s LiveWire Radio show. Jason has performed at 10,000 Laughs, The Undertow Comedy Festival and was twice included in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. He was voted one of Portland’s Funniest 5 in Willamette Week’s annual 2nd annual poll and was named one of the city’s ‘Undisputed Geniuses of Comedy’ by The Portland Mercury. AMONG OTHER IMPRESSIVE THINGS!