Shane Mauss

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Shane Mauss
Picture of Shane performing in Boston.jpg
Born (1980-05-25) May 25, 1980 (age 38)
Years active2004–present[1]

Shane Mauss is an American comedian from Onalaska, Wisconsin.[2][1][3][4][5] He is the host of the Here We Are Podcast where he interviews scientists and academics from across the country. In 2014 he broke both his feet while hiking. He used the experience as inspiration for his 2015 comedy album My Big Break.[6]


Mauss is of German and Irish descent. He has said that his distant ancestors were Jewish and went by the name "Mosche" (Hebrew word for ‘Moses’) in 17th century Switzerland.[7]

According to Mauss, he has wanted to be a standup comedian since he was ten years old. At age 15, he started writing jokes but due to anxiety and being unsure as to how to get into standup comedy, he didn't pursue a career until the age of 23. Mauss intended on going to New York City or Los Angeles to start his career but instead decided to move to Boston with a friend. For several months, Mauss performed at open mic nights in Boston while struggling with anxiety. By practicing and with the help of friends, Mauss overcame his anxiety and began performing in comedy clubs approximately six months after starting his career as a standup comedian. Shortly after he started playing in clubs, Mauss entered into the Greater Boston Alternative Comedy Festival and made it to the final round of elimination. He partially credits the attention he received from this achievement for launching his career and has performed at the festival several times since.[3][8]

In 2007, shortly after his first performance at the Greater Boston Alternative Comedy Festival, Mauss won the Best Standup Comic Award at HBO's Comedy Arts Festival.[9] This led to Mauss being invited to perform several times on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[3] He has since performed on Conan O'Brien's various late night talk shows a total of five times.[3]

In 2010, Mauss published his first comedy album, Jokes To Make My Parents Proud. Punchline Magazine named the album one of the top ten albums of 2010.[10]

Mauss has filmed a new one-hour special, which is in postproduction.

On June 18, 2014 ,Mauss appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast.



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Shane Mauss: Mating Season Himself


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Late Night with Conan O'Brien[11] Himself Guest comedian
2007 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself Guest comedian
2008 Live at Gotham Himself
2008 Comics Without Borders Himself
2008 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself Guest comedian
2010 Comedy Central Presents[12][13] Himself
2010 The Bob & Tom Show Himself
2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself
2011 The Green Room with Paul Provenza Himself
2011 Conan Himself Guest comedian
2012 Funny as Hell Himself Writer
2013 Conan Himself Guest comedian
2014 Getting Doug with High Himself Guest comedian


  • Jokes To Make My Parents Proud (2010)[14]
  • Mating Season (2014)
  • My Big Break (2015)


  1. ^ a b McCarthy, Sean L. (2007-03-30). "The Mauss that roared". The Phoenix. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  2. ^ La Crosse, WI — Comedian Shane Mauss Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  3. ^ a b c d "The Gauss* on Shane Mauss (*pronounced 'goss')". Stand and Deliver. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  4. ^ BurnSilver, Glenn (2010-11-26). "Shane Mauss' humor 'weirder than most'". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  5. ^ Wilson, PF (2011-02-14). "Comedy: Shane Mauss". CityBeat. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  6. ^ Erickson, Randy (2014-07-22). "Onalaska comic sidelined as CD, video come out". La Crosse Tribune. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  7. ^ Irvin, Zuri. "Writing Jokes with Shane Mauss". Medium. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  8. ^ Chase, Katie Johnston (2008-12-20). "A hilarious alternative". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  9. ^ "48 hours". The Detroit News. 2009-03-28. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  10. ^ "The 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2010". Punchline Magazine. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  11. ^ Zaino, III, Nick A (2007-04-27). "Opening doors: Almost overnight, Shane Mauss went from struggling comic to 'Conan'". Boston Globe. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  12. ^ Steinbrinck, Kasey (2010-03-11). "Wisconsin comedian Shane Mauss releases album, stars in Comedy Central special". The Post. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  13. ^ Steinbrinck, Kasey (2010-03-25). "Wisconsin comedian Shane Mauss comes to Skyline riding a wave of success". The Post. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  14. ^ Punchline Magazine (2010-07-20). "A Tight Five: Video interview with Shane Mauss". LaughSpin. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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