Shane Mauss presents:
A Good Trip
- Location: The Eventuary
- Friday, 4/27/18 10:00 pm - 4/27/18 11:30 pm
Host: Jason Traeger
100+ City Psychedelic Comedy Tour
Sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Hi! I’m Shane Mauss. You may have heard about this tour on Pete Holmes' You Made It Weird, Duncan Trussell Family Hour, The Joe Rogan Experience, Bertcast, Never Not Funny, Doug Loves Movies, Put Your Hands Together, or one of many other podcasts. But I wanted to give you some more information about the show here.
Before I tell you about this show, it’s standard for comedians to gloat about their accomplishments in an effort to convince you of our crediblility: I’ve been a comedian for twelve years. Nine years ago I won an award for Best Stand-Up at the HBO US Comedy Festival and became a fulltime national (and sometimes international) headliner. Since then I’ve appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, five times on Conan, and have specials on Comedy Central and Netflix.
Now let me tell you about this show 'A Good Trip'. I’ve been a psychonaut for almost 20 years (to me this means I use psychedelics to aid in gaining a deeper understanding of the mind). Psychedelics have had a significant and positive impact on my life. But more relevant to this show, they are also the source of some of the most hilarious, thought-provoking, and well-received material of my career. I’ve worked very hard to put together a one-of-a-kind show for the open-minded, insightful, inquisitive, curious weirdos among us. I’m hoping that is you.
Unlike a typical stand-up act that is 45 minutes of set-up, punch, repeat, this is an hour and a half show that is part stand-up, part funny stories of experiences, and part Ted Talk. I will take us on a funny journey through the stigma, history, laws, and science of psychedelics. I will share personal experiences and talk about the effects of hallucinogens like mushrooms, LSD, and DMT. (Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar, I’ve worked hard to articulate the experience for all.)
My hope is that I’m helping to both destigmatize and demystify psychedelics in a fun way. I am an advocate for psychedelic studies and rights. I’m in no way encouraging everyone to do them. They aren’t for everybody. They just happen to be for me!
Here are some answers to common questions and comments:
Q: Isn’t drug humor cliché?
A: It often is, but this is not a bunch of dumb pot jokes. This is some of the most thoughtful and unique humor you will ever see.
Q: Will you be on drugs while performing.
A: No. Who does psychedelics and then goes to work? What a waste of good drugs.
Q: Are you going to pass out psychedelics out to everybody?
A: Umm NO. Obviously. But if you come and support this kind of message, meet like-minded people at the show, and help keep the conversation going; maybe one day these outrageous drug laws will change.
Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan.
Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special ‘Mating Season’, and most recently released album inspired by breaking both of his feet in a hiking mishap called ‘My Big Break’ which spent time at #1 on the comedy iTunes charts.
Shane has also been getting a lot of attention as a popular guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Bertcast, WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, TOFOP, Crabfeast, Never Not Funny, Keith and The Girl and last year he started traveling around the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast “Here We Are” which has a 5 star rating on iTunes.