3 Things: Karen Duffin, Seagull Disasters, and Casey Jane Ellison 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:
On this week's episode of You're the Expert, Aparna Nancherla, Zhubin Parang, and Ashley Brooke Roberts learn about the mysterious celestial bodies known as "brown dwarves" from Dr. Jackie Faherty. Link

On last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, Wyatt looked at the cozy relationship between the NRA and Hollywood. Then we went to Birmingham, Alabama to see how the police department is trying to make amends for the civil rights era. I'm biased, but I think it's a fascinating look at the real world power of an apology. Check it out on HBO Go / HBO Now. If you missed episode 1, the whole thing is up on YouTube

BOSTON, MA:
TODAY! Saturday, April 21 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Science Festival.  I'm doing two live You're the Expert shows, both open to the public (and free for MIT community thanks to generous funding from the DeFlorez Fund for Humor). Featuring Josh Sharp, Ken Reid, Fareeha Khan, Caitlin Durante, and two incredible professors. Link

NEW YORK:
Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space. I'm on the comedic debate showUptown Showdown. The topic is "East Coast vs West Coast." I'm going to betray my native New York by revealing the lies we tell ourselves to think it's okay to live here. Come watch the audience react in horror. Link

Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon with a performance by Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me), magic by Nate Dendy, and music from Friends Who Folk. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
NPR's Planet Money always does a great job of making sense of seemingly impenetrable issues. One of their most recent episodes was about non-disclosure agreements. From tobacco lawsuits to Harvey Weinstein to Stormy Daniels, confidentiality agreements have been a part of giant news stories, but I'd never really understood how or why they work. Karen Duffin makes the story both enlightening and engaging. Definitely worth a listen.NDA Tell-All


FUNNY:
Nick Burchill was just trying to be a good guy. He was visiting friends in the Navy and wanted to bring them some local pepperoni. But things went terribly downhill as soon as he got to his hotel. I could not stop laughing at the story of Nick's disaster and his lifetime ban from the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll let you read the details for yourself. 40 Sea Gulls Wrecked His Hotel Room.17 Years Later, A Pepperoni Pardon


INTERESTING:
Casey Jane Ellison is both a modern artist and a standup comedian. Her best work straddles the uncomfortable divide between seriously engaging with issues in the modern art world and mercilessly skewering its conventions. In the first episode of her showTouching the Art, she gets a panel of art experts to give revealing answers on everything from whether art is meant to be accessible for the general public to the nature of celebrity.Touching the Art


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Have a great day,
Chris

3 Things: Alice Captions, Bad Kid Jokes, and Seth Meyers by Chris Duffy

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:
As of last night at 11:30 p.m., you can officially see the show I've been writing on for the past seven months. Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas lives on HBO Go, HBO Now, and the first episode is even up on YouTube if you can't borrow a friend's parent's login. Link

On this week's episode of You're the Expert, Aparna Nancherla, Baratunde Thurston, and Maeve Higgins learn the sexy secrets of giant pouched rats from Dr. Danielle Lee live at NatGeo. Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
TODAY! April 14 at 7 p.m. at National Geographic. I'm currently on a train speeding towards National Geographic for another You're the Expert taping with Negin Farsad, Jo Firestone, and 30 Rock's Scott Adsit. Only a few tickets left! Link

NEW YORK:
TOMORROW! April 15 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is back at Caveat with SNL'sGary Richardson, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Nadia Pinder. Link

Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon with a performance by Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me), magic by Nate Dendy, and music from Friends Who Folk. Link

BOSTON, MA:
Saturday, April 21 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Science Festival.  I'm doing two live You're the Expert shows, both open to the public (and free for MIT community thanks to generous funding from the DeFlorez Fund for Humor) Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Alice is nine years old. Every week, she writes in her own captions for The New Yorkercaption contest. And it turns out that Alice is the world's best captioner. Her lines are hysterical. Her cousin, Bess Kalb, is one of the funniest writers in television, so it runs in the family. When Bess tweeted out Alice's captions, they went viral. Please experience them for yourself: Alice Captions


FUNNY:
If we're talking kids and comedy, to me there is nothing funnier than Bad Kids Jokes. The site started because its anonymous curator wanted a place to post jokes that didn't make the cut from their day job. "I moderate jokes on a Kids Jokes website. A lot of joke submissions can't be published because they don't make any sense, the child got a genuine joke completely wrong, or they're a bit too rude for kids... so I publish them here instead." Bad Kids Jokes


INTERESTING:
It turned out to be an all kids-related edition of this newsletter, so why get off topic now? Seth Meyers had his second child this week and it was an adventure of a birth. Listen to him tell the story: Seth Meyers' Wife Gave Birth in Their Apartment Lobby (and then once you watched that, watch Seth interview Wyatt!)


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Chris

4 Years of 3 Things! by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

As of today, I've been sending this newsletter for four years exactly. That's four years of three things (or 618 things to be exact).

Over the past four years, I've gotten to meet and email with tons of people I wouldn't have interacted with otherwise. I've made some close real life friends, which I wouldn't have expected. And once someone stopped me on the subway and said "I'm reading your email right now!" (which I wouldn't have expected). 

For me, sending these every week has been a way to make myself focus on the things I find great, funny, and interesting in the world, rather than just terrible and upsetting. I've really enjoyed that. And it's helped me get over my own hangups about telling people about the work and live shows I do. So thank you all so much for reading. I really appreciate it.

I'll keep sending and I hope you'll keep responding too. I'm always trying to keep improving (for example, is it weird that the email is called 3 Things but then the list is almost always names of humans? Should it be called something different?). But no matter what, thanks for inviting me into your inbox for the past four years.

And now, it's Saturday! So here's this week's list:

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
Next Friday at 11:30 p.m. tune into HBO for the premiere of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas. Link

On this week's episode of You're the Expert, Aparna Nancherla, Baratunde Thurston, and Maeve Higgins learn the sexy secrets of giant pouched rats from Dr. Danielle Lee live at NatGeo. Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
NEXT SATURDAY! April 14 at 7 p.m. at National Geographic. I'll be back with NatGeo Live for another You're the Expert taping with Negin Farsad, Jo Firestone, and 30 Rock's Scott Adsit. Link

NEW YORK:
NEXT SUNDAY! April 15 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is back at Caveat withSNL's Gary Richardson, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Nadia Pinder. Link

Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon with a performance by Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me), magic by Nate Dendy, and music from Friends Who Folk. Link

BOSTON, MA:
Saturday, April 21 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Science Festival.  I'm doing two live You're the Expert shows, both open to the public (and free for MIT community thanks to generous funding from the DeFlorez Fund for Humor) Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Molly Ringwald was the star of three of the most iconic films about teenagers ever made:Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. She did more than just recite her lines, she played an active part in shaping the movies. Now, thirty years later, you'd think she'd be sitting on her laurels. But instead, she wrote this fascinating and beautifully written re-examination of her roles for The New Yorker. "How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it?" Read Molly Ringwald's fantastic essay: What About "The Breakfast Club?"


FUNNY:
Joe Zimmerman is endlessly curious, incredibly likable, and hilarious. He's told jokes in some of the biggest theaters in the country and has his own Comedy Central special, but now he's hit a new milestone: a fan took one of his bits and animated it. Watch as Joe walks us through the truly bizarre personal history of President Andrew Jackson.


INTERESTING:
Rukmini Callimachi is doing the painstaking and dangerous work that makes journalism so important. Her incredible expose based on analysis of thousands of documents ISIS left behind in Iraq is jaw-dropping. It also forces us to ask some uncomfortable questions, like what does it mean if a terrorist group is, in some ways, able to provide more reliable civil services to the population? Reading this piece will change the way you see the war on terror. The ISIS Files


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Four more years! Four more years!
Chris