• 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.

Guests

Dr. Mark Pitzer
Mark Pitzer is a Neuroscientist at the University of Portland. Over the past 25 years, he has studied circuits in the brain involved in motivation, learning and movement. Currently, his lab is working to identify the circuits involved in the personality changes that affect those who suffer from the genetic disorder known as Huntington’s disease.

Sarina Saturn
Sarina Saturn (née Rodrigues) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at University of Portland. She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from New York University under the mentorship of Joseph LeDoux. Her dissertation focused on molecular, cellular, and behavioral studies of the amygdala, the key brain structure for emotional processing. She was then a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University in Robert Sapolsky's laboratory where she investigated the role of stress hormones on the brain's emotional circuitry. At the University of California, Berkeley, Saturn was a postdoctoral fellow for the Greater Good Science Center and Dacher Keltner and here she began her endeavors to bridge neuroscience and social psychology. Her current research centers on the biology underlying prosocial emotions and behaviors. Her research findings have been featured in several books, as well as in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American Mind, and more.

Past reviews:
“Mauss is intelligent, likable and sharp” – VICE Magazine

“Mauss has clearly found a popular niche in his natural fascination with the human mind. However, attendees should be forewarned: The show is still going to kill you with laughter.” – Austin Chronicle

"Experience with a variety of comedic techniques and interactions with renown science experts have molded Mauss into a well-rounded and imaginative performer. Mauss strives to perform thematic, laugh-out-loud comedy, interjecting science in bold, innovative ways." – EU Jacksonville