Shane Mauss's rise in the comedy world was meteoric. A mere three years into his career—a short time in the standup biz—a scout for HBO got him a slot at the prestigious U.S. Comedy and Arts Festival in Aspen. Just getting into Aspen was a big break, but Mauss parlayed that into breakout success by winning the award for Best Standup Comic in 2007. A week later he booked a spot on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, making his television debut and also giving his family back in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, their first chance to see his act. Mauss notes that even though he's not a particularly dirty comic, the folks back home weren't exactly prepared for what they saw. "I found out my grandparents had been handing out flyers at their church. They no longer go to that church," Mauss says. "I'm not sure if that's a coincidence, but either way I feel pretty good about it." He's since gone on to appear twice more on Late Night and also on cable's smartest showcase, Live at Gotham, and he's currently working on both a record and a half-hour special for Comedy Central. The two years since his Aspen debut have been something of a blur, Mauss says, as he transitioned from being a relative unknown outside the Boston comedy scene to a national headliner. "It's a lot of pressure, but it's a good problem to have. I'm very lucky." 18+.
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