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.
Christina Gorsuch is Curator of Mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Christina is a graduate of Tulane University with a double major in English and Anthropology focusing on Primatology. She started her zoo career in New Orleans at the Audubon Zoo and has worked at Zoo Atlanta and Brookfield Zoo in Chicago before coming to Cincinnati in Fall 2015. During her 20 years career she has been part of many exciting animal adventures including: walking with elephants along the Mississippi river, hand-rearing baby animals, moving black rhino and giraffe across the country, and managing the African Painted Dog population in North America. Christina’s career has allowed her to travel far and wide to countries like Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa.
Joshua Benoit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He has authored more than 130 scholarly publications on topics that range from mechanisms of live birth in insects, host-parasite interactions, how blood feeding insects tolerate stress, and genomics studies. He has received over 40 scientific awards and honors over his career including the Antarctic Service Medal and Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award, and Early Career Innovation Award from the Entomological Society of America.
She has been a finalist on CMT's Next Big Comic, and tours clubs and colleges throughout the country. She has performed at the prestigious Limestone Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and The Lucielle Ball Comedy Festival. Kelly is also a featured emcee and storyteller. She has emceed for the Cincinnati Reds and has been a storyteller for "Cincy Storytellers" where you can hear her story on Soundcloud. She also produces a monthly standup storytelling show called “Truth Serum”.