3 Things: Elizabeth Weil, James Veitch, and Matt Boyce 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:
You're the Expert is back with all new episodes! This season kicks off with Dr. Liz Burgess, a marine biologist who studies what whales shoot out of their blowholes. Featuring Eugene Mirman, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice. Link

NEW YORK CITY:
TONIGHT, Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Magnet Theater. I'm telling stories that NYC's best improvisers will spin into scenes for The Armando Diaz Experience . Link

Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon with a presentation by Mona Chalabi, music, jokes, and more. Link

SEATTLE:
ONLY 10 TICKETS LEFT: Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Annex Theater. I'm doing a special holiday edition of You Get A Spoon with music from The Westerlies, a performance by Bianca Giaever, and jokes from me. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
California Sunday Magazine consistently finds exciting new ways to tell stories. Their latest issue was the Teen Issue and I highly recommend reading the whole thing. But to me, the standout piece was Elizabeth Weil's essay about being the parent of a 15-year-old, complete with corrections and annotations from her daughter Hannah. Raising a Teenage Daughter


FUNNY:
Despite the fact that James Veitch seems to spend his days thinking about nothing other than how to drive people insane, I have to admit he makes me laugh. It takes a lot of creativity to dedicate your self to this level of pranks and trolling. Veitch first made a name for himself as the comedian who replied to spam emails, but his set on Conan shows that he can apply the same treatment to the people he lives with as well. All he needs is an enormous supply of little rubber ducks. James Veitch is a Terrible Roommate


INTERESTING:
Matt Boyce's cartoons are works of art. I loved his latest story about growing up as the hearing son to deaf parents. To me, the best graphic novels are able to insert you into an emotional experience more completely than words or pictures alone could. It only takes a short amount of time before I was totally in Matt's world and I found myself noticing sounds and my relationship to them in a way I never normally do. As he puts it, "growing up in a silent home, music became everything." Soundvision by Matt Boyce


Ok, that's it for today. Thanks for reading! 

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Chris

3 Things: Rekha Shankar, Ramy Youssef, and Greta Gerwig 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:
You're the Expert is back with all new episodes! This season kicks off with Dr. Liz Burgess, a marine biologist who studies what whales shoot out of their blowholes. Featuring Eugene Mirman, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice. Link

NEW YORK CITY:
Thursday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at Caveat. John Hodgman, Josh Sharp, and Michelle Buteau are on the panel for the last live You're the Expert of 2017. Link

SEATTLE:
Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Annex Theater. I'm doing a special holiday edition of You Get A Spoon with music from The Westerlies, a performance by Bianca Giaever, jokes from me, and so many audience prizes. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Rekha Shankar is a comedian, writer, and multi-time Punderdome champion. Every time I see her name pop up, she's doing something new and impressive and hilarious. She's also an incredibly kind and good person, so if you're in search of a comedian who's not secretly a monster, check her out. (Note to readers in the future: If Rekha turned out to be a secret monster, I apologize and retract my statement.) Two of my favorite Rekha creations are The Quiet Chef and her McSweeney's piece "The Most Accurate, Detailed Story of My Parents' Amazing Immigrant Experience."


FUNNY:
Ramy Youssef's late night debut on Colbert is one of the most impressive standup sets I've seen. Ramy is clearly super comfortable and confident, his material is smart and funny, and I guarantee you've never seen a closer like this one before. Ramy Youssef Is Expecting a Hogwarts Letter from ISIS


INTERESTING:
If you haven't seen Lady Bird yet, stop reading this email and buy your ticket. Greta Gerwig has made the best movie of the year. Every scene felt so real and relatable (even though I've never been a teenage girl growing up in Sacramento). I don't normally like reading movie reviews, but A.O. Scott nailed this one: "Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird' Is Big-Screen Perfection" and for even more Gerwig, watch her tell an amazing story about pretending to know the Ninja Turtles theme song.

Ok, that's it for today. Thanks for reading! 

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Have a good one,
Chris

3 Things: Wyatt Cenac, Miranda July, and Hari Kondabolu 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

NEW YORK CITY:
Thursday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at Caveat. John Hodgman, Josh Sharp, and a secret mystery scientist join us on You're the Expert for a night of laughter and learning. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Wyatt Cenac is one of the funniest and smartest standup comedians around. This spring, he's going to be the host of a new series on HBO executive produced by John Oliver. I am so excited to be a staff writer on the show. It's a dream to work for HBO and Wyatt. I've been writing there for the past month, but we only got permission to tell people now (and even still, the content is all top secret). I'll share more when I can, but I really believe the show is going to be something special.

In the meantime, listen to Wyatt's excellent take on post-election America, watch his very funny web series where he's a superhero in hipster Brooklyn, or listen to his fascinatinginterview with Marc Maron on WTF.  I'm proud to be working for someone as talented and thoughtful as him. 


FUNNY:
I'm in a comedian book club and every month a new person picks a book and hosts the club.  Most of the time, we talk about the book for approximately 10 minutes before it devolves into bits and buffoonery. This month though, we read The First Bad Man by Miranda July and it was so funny and clever that we laughed the whole time just remembering our favorite parts. I recommend the book for sure, but her short stories are also a good gateway drug to get you started. Here's one I particularly liked: Roy Spivey by Miranda July


INTERESTING:
Who and what should we laugh at? If everyone agrees a joke is funny, does that mean it's okay? Those are two of the central questions of Hari Kondabolu's excellent new documentary The Problem with Apu. Mollie and I watched this last night and we both loved it. It's funny, thought-provoking, and extremely well-made. Hari is a comedian, so he comes at Apu from The Simpsons with an appreciation for the jokes but also a frustration with the stereotypes. Along the way, he interviews a South Asian hall of fame (everyone from Aziz Ansari to former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy). It's definitely worth a watch. You can stream it online or buy it from iTunes (that was my route, since I couldn't get the streaming to work). The Problem with Apu

Thanks for reading! 

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Have a great day,
Chris