"I wanted to be a stand-up comic since I was 10 years old," says Shane Mauss. "I think even younger than that, 8 or 9, I forget what I usually tell people. I should get my story straight one of these days." It's a long way from La Crosse, Wis. to the comedy clubs of New York though, but Mauss kept feeling that urge, even if he wasn't quite sure how to get started. While saving money, and working up the nerve, a friend announced he was moving to Boston.