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.
Chris Larimer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the solo author of the book, Gubernatorial Stability in Iowa: A Stranglehold on Power, as well as the co-author of two other books, The Public Policy Theory Primer and The Public Administration Theory Primer. He is best known for his research on social pressure and voter turnout which been has been discussed in several media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, PBS News Hour, and The Atlantic. Chris also provides regular commentary to several media outlets, including Iowa Public Radio and KWWL Television News.
Helen Harton is Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research interests include political psychology, prejudice, social influence, and most recently, scientific ethics. She has published research in top journals in social psychology, won several university teaching awards, and chaired over 50 Masters Theses, but locally she may be best known for her work as the town belly dancer
Cody Banks is a comedian from eastern Iowa. He is a Father and Husband. Says Cody “When you have a child you really realize the weight and responsibility that having a child brings. If I’m ever to adequately embarrass this child in front of his peers, I need to start practicing these bad jokes now on people who don’t matter. I love my family and the last thing I want is to tell a joke that incites a half hearted groan. What I’m looking for is full blown disgust and disbelief that I had the nerve to attempt such a terrible joke in the first place. My family is what keeps me going.”