Yoram Bauman

The world's first and only stand-up economist

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The current economic climate could sure use some well-chosen levity. Enter, the Stand Up Economist

Yoram Bauman, "the world's first and only stand-up economist," has appeared at venues ranging from the New York Improv to the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting. He has authored or co-authored three books (Tax Shift, Quantum Microeconomics, and Quantum Microeconomics with Calculus) as well as articles that have appeared in newspapers (Seattle Times and Seattle P-I), peer-reviewed academic journals (Economic Inquiry, Ecological Economics), and even one "beer-reviewed" academic journal (Annals of Improbable Research).

"An economist who teaches at the University of Washington and performs stand-up comedy" (NY Times)

His academic credentials include a BA in mathematics from Reed College, a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, and teaching positions at the University of Washington and Whitman College. He lives in Seattle, where he appears regularly at the Comedy Underground and runs a political comedy benefit show called Non-Profit Comedy.

Scientific conventions

Yoram Bauman has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, where his focus was on the use of economic instruments to protect the environment. In addition to consulting and government work and various teaching assignments (most recently in the UW Program on the Environment), he also produces and performs in Non-Profit Comedy, a stand-up comedy show that benefits Seattle-area non-profits. He is the co-author (with Alan Thein Durning) of Tax Shift, and the author of an online economics textbook called Quantum Microeconomics.

Yoram Bauman is also Specialized Co-Editor for Miscellany of Economic Inquiry. 

Recent engagements include:

  1. GMAC Financial Services
  2. Office of the State Treasurer
  3. Yale Economics Department winter party
  4. Chartered Financial Analysts
  5. Colorado College
  6. Gulf Coast Economics Teaching Conference
  7. Game Theory World Congress

Yoram Bauman has performed in

  1. NEW YORK CITY at Caroline's on Broadway, Laughing Liberally, the NY Improv, Stand-Up NY, and with Barry Crimmins and Friends at Rocky Sulllivan's;
  2. BOSTON at the Comedy Studio and Comedy Connection in Faneuil Hall;
  3. WASHINGTON DC at Riot Act (as part of a Non-Profit Comedy benefit show for Hands-On DC;
  4. SAN FRANCISCO Bay Area at Comic Rehab (at Ron's Farmhouse), Brainwash, the Canvas Gallery, and the Stanford Alumni Cafe; and
  5. SEATTLE, at Jazzbones and the Comedy Underground in Seattle and TACOMA.

and at venues including...

The Yale economics department winter party, Reed College (Portland, Oregon), Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington), Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington), and Essex Meadows (the retirement community in Essex, Connecticut, where his grandmother lives), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting.

Yoram lives in Seattle and is a regular at the Comedy Underground, where he runs a political comedy benefit show called Non-Profit Comedy every Tuesday night. Since first taking the stage in 2004, Yoram has performed with national headliners Ty Barnett, Bill Santiago, Brad Upton, Craig Gass, and Vince Valenzuela; with Seattle Comedy Competition winners Lamont Ferguson, Peggy Platt, David Crowe, and Harrold Gomez; with future Seattle Comedy Competition winners Hari Kondabolu and Andy Peters; and with Seattle legend Heneghen.

Media includes the New York Times, Seattle Metropolitan magazine, a front-page piece in the Arts section of the Seattle P-I.

A video of geeky economics jokes (filmed at a science convention in San Francisco in 2006) has received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube; at comedy clubs he performs a routine about the war in Iraq.

Business events and Programs:

Clients have the option to have Yoram perform a full stand up program focusing on what's funny about economics....he can also add more serious elements about, for example, global warming and the economic impacts of these trends.

Video sampling:

This is his most popular content…as it’s a distinctive combination of comedy coupled with economic principles.

Travels from: Seattle

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