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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.


Jorge Soberon
Professor Jorge Soberon is a distinguished professor in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Research Center at the KU Biodiversity Institute.
“In my lab we make extensive use of databases of specimens from scientific collections, or from observations. Presently I am working on how to "integrate" alternative views of biodiversity like distributional data, phylogenetic data, data about interactions, and others. This is done in collaboration with computer scientists and colleagues in other universities. Results of this research can be applied to the more accurate planning of conservation.”

Beth Miller Vonnahme
Beth Miller Vonnahme is Associate Professor of Political Science and Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research focuses on the ways in which psychological processes affect the formation and persistence of political choices. Specifically, her published work and ongoing projects explore how voters process and use certain types of campaign information (e.g., scandal involvement, physical characteristics like weight) to evaluate political candidates. Dr. Vonnahme teaches courseson political psychology, public opinion, political behavior, and campaigns and elections.

Cornell “Nick” Nichols
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Cornell “Nick” Nichols III is a comedian in the Kansas City area. Nick’s style of comedy has allowed him to perform at clubs, colleges, corporate and family events. He started doing comedy during his college career at Missouri University of Science & Technology. He went from performing YouTube sketches, to performing improvisational comedy to ultimately performing standup comedy at the school’s talent show. He graduated from Missouri S&T in May 2015 with a B.S. in Engineering Management and has a TEDx talk, A Shy Kid Ready For Change, that is available to watch on the official TEDx YouTube channel.