• Kum & Go Theater (map)
  • 901 Cherry Street
  • Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • 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.


Natalie Ross Adkins
Professor Adkins received her PhD in marketing from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Dr. Adkins is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Drake University where she has served since 2009. Dr. Adkins’ research exploring stigma in the marketplace for low literate consumers, disadvantaged consumer groups, and multicultural consumers has been published in leading marketing journals, including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing and Public Policy, and the Journal of Business Research.

Rana Parshad
Rana Parshad is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Iowa State University. He works on population dynamics, predator-prey models and invasive species control, and has published over 60 peer reviewed journal articles in these areas. His current and past work is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Justin Bulver
Justin Bulver is a stand up comedian from Des Moines, Iowa. He has performed on showcases and festivals all over the Midwest including Alternating Currents, Floodwater, and Beast Village Comedy Festival where he opened for headliner Todd Barry. His punchy, intelligent style has made him a perennial crowd favorite near and far.