3 Things: Kumail Nanjiani, Sue Perkins, and Megha Rajagopalan by Chris Duffy

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Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. 

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
Three comedians try to guess what a leading scientist does all day and then find out why her research is important and exciting on You're the Expert.  Link

On The Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I try to learn about money from a team of financial experts.  Link

NEW YORK CITY:
TONIGHT! Saturday, October 21 at 9 p.m. There are only 4 tickets left for tonight's Living Room Comedy Club in Manhattan (FiDi). Come see me and some friends experiment with new material in a stranger's living room. Link

Wednesday, October 25 at 8 p.m. at UCB Chelsea. I'll be back at the fantastic Nights of Our Lives show with David Martin, Adam Wade, and Ophira Eisenberg. Link

Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is back live with Aparna Nancherla, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Daily Show head writer Zhubin Parang, and a mystery scientist from the Museum of Natural History. Link

WASHINGTON, DC:
Friday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at NatGeo. I'm back in DC hosting You're the Expert with Baratunde Thurston, Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and a surprise NatGeo Explorer. Link

This week's list

GREAT:
Kumail Nanjiani hosted SNL last week and his monologue was fantastic. I loved his movieThe Big Sick and I've been a huge fan of his standup for a few years now. Kumail manages to get laughs from tiny details while sharing very personal memories. I think his standup special, Beta Male, is one of the best I've ever seen. Here's a taste of how he transforms a topic that could be tired and overdone into something completely new. Call of Duty


FUNNY:
Whenever I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the world, I put on an episode of The Great British Bake Off. Watching delightful Brits make scones and compliment each other on "excellent bakes" is endlessly soothing. And I love Sue and Mel, the co-hosts.

I recently went down an Internet rabbit hole of Sue's videos and it turns out she does much more than make pastry puns, she's also a hilarious (and filthy) comedian. Here's Sue on GBBO stealing some chocolate mousse and then here she is on a talk show telling a story about scarring some children on the E.T. ride at a theme park. 


INTERESTING:
"Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. 'It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.'" Megha Rajagopalan did some astonishing investigative reporting in this piece about China's treatment of the Uighur people. What she discovered is far larger than a regional dispute. It's what could happen when technology goes too far. In fact, it's what's already happening. This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like


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Chris

Last night's You Get A Spoon by Chris Duffy

What a night! It was month two of our NYC residency at the beautiful LES theater Caveat and we had prizes, songs, jokes, Socrates, and Taylor Swift. Who could ask for more?

Birthday girl Britni won the spoon and instantly became a local celebrity.

Here were the performers and their prizes:

 

Josh Gondelman, comedian
1) Polar Orange Vanilla (or Vanilla) seltzer

2) The Sellout by Paul Beatty  

3) Leminimo White Marble iPhone Case

 

Nate Sloan, musicologist and co-host of Switched on Pop
1) Moleskine Pocket Classic Notebook

2) Taylor Swift 1989

3) Yemenren Wireless Gold Karaoke Microphone

 

Kayla Ringelheim, musician

1) Mr. Tea tea infuser

2) The Type by Sarah Kay

3) Ring Jells

 

Andrew Marantz, writer

1) Brazil Classics 1

2) Parle-G biscuits

3) Planet Publish + Pocket

3 Things: Katherine Cooper, Dan Chamberlain, and Jia Tolentino by Chris Duffy

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Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. 

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
Three comedians try to guess what a leading scientist does all day and then find out why her research is important and exciting on You're the Expert.  Link

On The Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I try to learn about money from a team of financial experts.  Link

NEW YORK CITY:
Thursday, October 19 at 8 p.m. at Caveat. Come see my variety show / Oprah-style prize giveaway You Get A Spoon, featuring a presentation by Nate Sloan (Switched on Pop), music from Kayla Ringelheim, jokes from Josh Gondelman, and a reading by Andrew Marantz (The New Yorker). Link

WASHINGTON, DC:
Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at National Geographic. Come see a live recording of You're the Expert at Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball with Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and a mystery scientist. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

This week's list

 

GREAT:

Katherine Cooper is one of the most interesting people I've ever met. She's a writer, an artist, a professional matchmaker, and more. She's done everything from tour Europe as part of a dance group called Tall Women in Clogs to professionally edit Wikipedia pages for minor celebrities. This week, Hyperallergic published a conversation between Katherine and Patti Smith on writing, belief, and "what drives her to make art." It's a great read and Patti Smith is legendary for a reason.

"We always aspire to something higher. As a child, it seemed to me disappointing to be in a world where everything was already figured out and there was nothing more to want to achieve than making a living." Why Patti Smith Writes


FUNNY:

Dan Chamberlain is a comedian and actor in New York who's clearly moments away from fame. I see him all over the city playing so many different characters and stealing the show every time. He can take the strangest idea and make it work. For example, here's Danreading a poem to Chris Gethard on Brett Davis' great public access cable show, The Special Without Brett Davis. 

Or here's Dan in possibly the most relatable sketch of all time: Everyone's Upstairs Neighbors. He's so funny. 


INTERESTING:

A lot has been written about Harvey Weinstein since the story of his abuse finally broke in the New York Times, and I'm sure more will come. But sexual harassment and abuse are clearly not just limited to one powerful guy. It's a huge problem across industries that's going to take work from all of us to tackle. To me, the core of the issue is that we need to see women as full, complete human beings and not just sexual objects. I'm trying to do my best to listen and support women sharing their experiences and thoughts. I always love reading Jia Tolentino's writing and I thought her piece this week was particularly powerful. How Men Like Harvey Weinstein Implicate Their Victims in Their Acts



Thanks for reading! If you like these, forward to a friend or come say hi at a live show. If you're seeing these emails for the first time, you can subscribe here

Have a great day,
Chris