3 Things: Pepperidge Farm, Emmy Blotnick, and Amy Schumer by Chris Duffy

Happy 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:
Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas returns to HBO on Friday, April 5th and Season 2 is a deep-dive into education in America. I've loved writing for the show and I'm so glad you'll get to see it soon. Check out the trailer here

You can listen on any podcast app to You're the Expert, my show where three comedians interview a scientist about her work and why it matters.  Link

ON TOUR:
I'm about two-thirds of the way through my tour with Pop-Up Magazine XQ. I've loved being a part of the show. Don't miss it if you're in any of these cities!
-3/15 in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre SOLD OUT
-3/30 in Chicago at the Harris Theater link
-5/2 in Seattle at Town Hall (tickets on sale soon)

You can find ticket links for all upcoming shows online at my website here.

This week’s list

GREAT:
For me, It's hard to beat a Milano cookie. They're delicious but also feel fancy, despite being sold in pretty much every grocery store I've ever walked into. I could happily spend an hour discussing the nuances of a party that calls for a dark chocolate Milano versus a mint Milano gathering. (And let's not even get into the sick perverts who're eating Coconut Milanos in their basement right now.) But I never knew the backstory behind everyone's favorite "Distinctive Cookies" and how the bakery was started by a pioneering female entrepreneur and feminist.  The Remarkable Life of Margaret Rudkin, Founder of Pepperidge Farm (h/t The Ann Friedman Weekly)


FUNNY:
Everything is Alive is a podcast where Ian Chillag, a former NPR producer for Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me and Fresh Air, interviews inanimate objects. It's a very funny concept and beautifully executed. Somehow it manages to be both genuinely funny and touching. (Here's a good overview of the show, with clips from Maeve Higgins as a lamppost and Louis Kornfield as a melancholy can of soda.) My favorite episode so far is with Emmy Blotnick. Emmy the Pregnancy Test


INTERESTING:
Amy Schumer is one of the most successful comedians of all time. So, perhaps inevitably, she provokes big reactions. Jason Zinoman looks at how her jokes have changed over the years and digs into why her comedy is so polarizing. Personally, I think Inside Amy Schumer is one of the greatest sketch comedy shows ever made. And while not every joke she's made has been perfect, it's hard to not see the connection between the level of hate directed her way and misogyny. (Related: I Don't Hate Women Candidates -- I Just Hated Hillary and Coincidentally, I'm Starting to Hate Elizabeth Warren) Anyway, read this profile. It's a remarkably open look at a comic at the height of her fame. Amy Schumer Doesn't Care What You Think (That Much)


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Enjoy the weekend,
Chris

3 Things: Rob Delaney, Ellie Shechet, and Andrew Boryga by Chris Duffy

Happy 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:
Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas returns to HBO on Friday, April 5th. Season 2 is a deep-dive into education in America. I've loved writing for the show and I'm so glad you'll get to see it soon. Check out the trailer here

You can listen on any podcast app to You're the Expert, my show where three comedians interview a scientist about her work and why it matters.  Link

ON TOUR:
I'm currently on tour with Pop-Up Magazine XQ and our shows in Tennessee and Colorado were so much fun. I'll be in LA this coming week, then Chicago, and then Seattle (tickets/details coming soon for that one).
-3/15 in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre SOLD OUT
-3/30 in Chicago at the Harris Theater

You can find ticket links for all those shows (and more, as they're announced) online at my website here.

This week’s list

GREAT:
The television show Catastrophe delivers a powerful combination of emotions. It's funny and heartbreaking and charming and beautiful and cringeworthy all at once. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have created something very special and different from any other show about love. Going into the final season, Rob Delaney talks about the personal tragedy of losing his son and how he used humor and the show to help him survive. This interview is full of that same mix of quick absurdist jokes followed by almost stunning vulnerability. Rob Delaney Still Wants to Make You Laugh 


FUNNY:
Ellie Shechet is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She's written for places like Jezebel andThe New York Times. But her true masterwork is a weekly newsletter called "Horrible Lists." It's exactly what it sounds like. Every Monday, Ellie sends out a short email with a list of items from a different horrible category and they are always laugh out loud hilarious. She is a comic genius. Previous issues have included "the real names of beetles," "things Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard said during an Architectural Digest tour of their Brooklyn home," and "backup pitches for my TV writing class." I often find myself pulling up her emails so I can show them to a friend and watch the pure joy on their face as they read. Here's my all-time favorite: 9 Times My Local Cafe Owner Has Fired Back at His Haters (h/t Emma Carmichael)


INTERESTING:
The best part of this Pop-Up Magazine tour has been meeting the other contributors and folks who work behind the scenes. This week, I've gotten to have some great conversations with Andrew Boryga, a writer and educator who teaches in colleges and prisons when he's not working on his novel or a magazine feature. Andrew often incorporates photographs into his stories. A beautiful example is this article about "growing up in the Bronx, and never truly leaving it." It's a piece that will stay with you long after you're finished reading. A Place I Could Call My Own


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Have a great day!
Chris

3 Things: Paul Ford, Roy Wood Jr., and Marcia Belsky by Chris Duffy

Happy 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:
You can listen on any podcast app to You're the Expert, my show where three comedians interview a scientist about her work and why it matters.  Link

ON TOUR:
Tickets are running very low for the high-school themed tour I'm doing with Pop-Up Magazine XQ so don't delay if you live in one of these cities:
-2/28 in Memphis at the Crosstown Arts Theater SOLD OUT
-3/2 in Nashville at the War Memorial Auditorium
-3/7 in Denver at the Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
-3/8 in Colorado Springs at the Shockley-Zalabak Theater
-3/15 in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre SOLD OUT
-3/30 in Chicago at the Harris Theater

 You can find ticket links for all those shows (and more, as they're announced) online at my website here.

This week’s list

GREAT:
It's amazing how many complicated social situations are suddenly not that tricky at all when you remember your manners. I think there's sometimes a misconception that being polite also means being stuffy and formal, but that doesn't have to be the case. Paul Ford makes an excellent and entertaining argument for courtesy in this lovely essay. It's from 2014 but I just discovered it this week and I'm very glad I did. How to Be Polite


FUNNY:
Roy Wood Jr. is hilarious and sharp-witted in just about any context. He's fantastic in field pieces on The Daily Show but also great as a character. He kills in comedy clubs, bars, and on college campuses. And his Instagram stories are funnier than three quarters of the comedy specials Netflix will release this year. This compilation of Roy reviewing every film nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars had me rolling. Roy Reviews 


INTERESTING:
Marcia Belsky is first and foremost an amazing comic. She writes killer jokes. She co-created and stars in the hit live show Handmaid's Tale: The Musical. And she is constantly creating new shows and material. But Marcia's been doing more than just making people laugh. She's also gone toe-to-toe with the leaders of the biggest social networks on Earth. And because she wouldn't stop making jokes and drawing attention to the hypocrisy of repeatedly banning female comics for making jokes against sexual predators and harassers, she attracted enough media attention that Mark Zuckerberg and his deputies had to consider the principles underlying their platform. Here's a look at the conversation Marcia started. "Men Are Scum": Inside Facebook's War on Hate Speech


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Have a great Saturday,
Chris