Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss

Shane Mauss

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 a one-of-a-kind 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.

Stand Up Science will blow your mind and bust your gut, but don’t worry… there is a doctorate in the house.

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
Natalie Ross Adkins is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University. Her research focuses on the impact of stigma in the marketplace and has been published in leading marketing journals, including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing and Public Policy, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and the Journal of Business Research. She is best known for her award-winning research exploring the lived experiences of low literate consumers.

Stacey Menzel Baker
Stacey Menzel Baker, Ph.D is Professor of Marketing in Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. Professor Baker studies consumer attachment, vulnerability, and resilience in contexts such as disaster recovery, disability, and community development. Her research has been published by elite journals in her field and has been used by business to promote products and to design accessible servicescapes, by U.S., U.K., and Canadian governments to help shape civil rights policies, and by scholars inside and outside her discipline, including those investigating the management of disasters, global environmental change, and community development. Her TEDx talk in Cheyenne, Wyoming, entitled “The Stuff of Resilience” can be viewed at:

Dan Umthun
Comedian Dan Umthun was born in Alabama, and was raised in Iowa. He has hosted the Underground Comedy Open Mic since 2008, curated regular showcases in Des Moines since 2009, and creates a weekly comic book/culture webcast called The Doomcast for Capes Kafe. He has helmed Beast Village since 2014. He and his wife have two cats, two dogs, a comic collection and lots of pretty good jokes.

Mike Perry

Mike Perry lives in Omaha, NE and performs stand-up comedy as a member of OK Party Comedy. He
has appeared on the Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and Doug Loves Movies podcasts. Mike will also be performing comedy at the Maha Music Festival for the 7th time this year (which is probably a record if anyone is keeping track). He would like to say that he provides biting social commentary, but mostly he’s obsessed with Juggalos and magicians. One time a guy that looked like Ric Flair tried to fight Mike during a set and he’s never felt more alive.

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