It’s been a while, but veteran comedian Shane Mauss is returning to Savannah with his unique and popular Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss tour on March 10 at the Tybee Post Theater.
Mauss is best known for his blend of absurdist humor and storytelling and has appeared on "Conan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Comedy Central" and Showtime. He is the creator and host of the popular podcast, “Here We Are,” where he interviews the world’s leading academic experts.
He says his podcast has helped give him street cred to other scientists when he invites them to join him on stage for his Stand Up Science shows. “When I first started this, most of them thought it was a practical joke. Now I can prove I am interested in discussing science with true academics.”
He explains the show mixes comedy with science. There will be two comics and two academics. Mauss says he kicks of the evening with about 15 minutes of science jokes.
“Then I bring up an academic and then a comic and then an academic,” Mauss said. “Then we have all four of us on stage at the end for a panel discussion led by audience questions. And a lot of times, the end panel is my favorite part of the show because the audience really gets involved.”
He says he’s been doing comedy for 15 years and the last half of that career he’s been dedicated to bringing science to audiences.
“I thought it was really important for people to hear what these scientists have to say,” he said.
He says it’s also fun to see everyone on stage step out of their comfort zone a bit.
“I’m not used to hosting, so it gets me out of my comfort zone,” Mauss explained. “And a lot of these academics have a ton of public speaking experiences, so talking in public is not too much of a stretch and many of them already have some jokes and funny slides they use on their students. It actually makes a nice mix. “
And Mauss adds that science and comedy are actually a lot alike.
“Observational comedy is the most used form of comedy and it’s all about noticing something that people are passing by every day,” Mauss continued. “It helps bring to the surface these hidden elements of life and that’s what science does. They really match quite well.
“This is the education I always wanted. It’s brought to you in small chunks; it's 12 minutes of science, then back to comedy. Anyone can handle that.”