3 Things: Daphne Kalmar, Lisa Hanawalt, and Marilyn Geewax by Chris Duffy

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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:
This week's episode of You're the Expert features Dr. Brooke Flammang talking about sharks, the fish that latch onto them, and super-intelligent underwater laser robots. Link

NYC:
TOMORROW! Sunday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is taping live with comedian Gary Richardson (SNL), author Maeve Higgins, and podcast star Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me). Link

LOS ANGELES:
Sunday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Dynasty Typewriter. I don't make it out to LA all that often, so I'm very excited to be back. We're doing a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Aparna Nancherla, Max Silvestri, and our expert Jess Phoenix, who studies VOLCANOES. This is likely my only show in LA for the year, so don't miss it! Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. I'm doing a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and an incredible scientist who is named Dr. Jennifer Lopez (not a joke). It's going to be amazing.  Link

As always, you can find my schedule with all upcoming dates for both standup shows and You're the Expert tapings online here.

This week’s list

GREAT:
Before I did comedy full-time, I worked as a fifth grade teacher. I loved the job. There's something magical about spending your days inside an elementary school as tiny humans are discovering how the world works for the first time. That's not to say there weren't also extremely gross or annoying things too (every teacher I know has a shockingly high tolerance for seeing bodily functions go wrong). But the excitement and expectations of a new school year is something I find myself thinking about and missing every September.

This twenty minute profile of teacher and children's book author Daphne Kalmar captures the magical feeling perfectly. She talks about making sure each of her students feels seen and what it's like to "fall in love with a new batch of kids every September and then let them go." One of Those Teachers  (h/t Bianca Giaever)


FUNNY:
BoJack Horseman is my favorite show on television. It manages to make me laugh, cry, and even think about big, existential questions. That's pretty remarkable considering it's a cartoon about a half-man / half-horse who used to be a sitcom star. The fifth season is out on Netflix now and I'm very excited to binge it all. The show's look and feel were created by Lisa Hanawalt, an artist who makes surrealistic paintings of anthropomorphic animals with a slightly dark sense of humor. Her paintings are beautiful and strange (a Westminster competition for hot dogs, a flock of birds robbing an apartment). I loved reading about how she went from self-publishing comics to having a cult-favorite television show. The Origin Story of the Depressingly Good "BoJack Horseman"


INTERESTING:
Marilyn Geewax spent her career covering business news and economics for NPR. Now that she's retired, she had some free time to go back to her hometown and attend her 45th high school reunion. What she found while catching up with old classmates is a portrait of how the enormous shifts in the US economy over the last fifty years affected everyone in her high school's lives. This is a piece of economic reporting that has real heart but also dives into some very interesting big-picture trends. A High School Reunion Reveals: When Steel Mills Fell Silent, Fates Got Flipped 

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3 Things: Lily Hevesh, Justin Willman, and Oscar Martinez 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:
The latest episode of You're the Expert features Dr. Helen Fisher from the Kinsey Institute talking about the biology and evolution of human love with comedians Bowen Yang, Michelle Buteau, and Matt Koff.  Link

NYC:
TONIGHT Saturday, September 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Magnet Theater. I'm telling stories which some of the best improvisers in NYC will turn into scenes on the spot for the always hilarious improv show, The Armando Diaz Experience.  Link

Sunday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is back for a new live taping with a mystery scientist and a panel of incredible comedians.  Link

LOS ANGELES:
Sunday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Dynasty Typewriter. I'm hosting a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Aparna Nancherla, Max Silvestri, and a special guest. This is my only show in LA for the next couple months, so don't miss it! Tickets on sale this coming week

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. I'm doing a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and an incredible scientist who is named Dr. Jennifer Lopez (not a joke). It's going to be amazing.  Link

As always, you can find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Lily Hevesh is a world record holder, a viral star, and a self-made entrepreneur. She's the world's greatest domino artist. If you need a break from watching our democratic institutions teeter and tumble, might I suggest watching an elaborate domino-based Rube Goldberg machine instead? There's a reason Lily has some of the most popular videos on YouTube. They're simultaneously amazing and soothing. Everything is in its right place and then it falls perfectly and is done, like a Tibetan sand painting (if the monks regularly accepted deals to create sponsored content). How Hevesh5 Builds Amazing Domino Chain Reactions


FUNNY:
The LA Times said that Justin Willman is "a new breed of comic who's making magic cool again for grown-ups." I don't know if magic is ever going to be "cool" but Justin is the rare performer who is genuinely funny as a comedian and genuinely impressive as a magician. His new special "Magic for Humans" just came out on Netflix and it's delightful. Watch as Justin combines both magic and social psychology to create illusions and very entertaining results. Here's a clip of one of my favorites: Justin Willman Makes This Guy Think He's Invisible


INTERESTING:
I finished reading Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez's book The Beast this week. It's one of the most moving and beautifully written nonfiction books I've ever read. I'd put it right up there with Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Barbara Demick'sNothing To Envy. Martinez helped found the award-winning investigative journalism site El Faro and in The Beast, he follows Central American migrants and refugees on their dangerous trek through Mexico to the Southern border of the United States. Martinez rides the rails and buses with these people, dodging thieves and cartels and corrupt police. He tells the stories of the people that so often become nameless in the news.Here's a review and here's a link to the book itself. 


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Have a great weekend,
Chris

3 Things: Robin Williams, Bowen Yang, and Cruise Performers by Chris Duffy

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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:
This week's episode of You're the Expert features Dr. Helen Fisher from the Kinsey Institute talking about the biology and evolution of human love with comedians Bowen Yang, Michelle Buteau, and Matt Koff.  Link

NYC:
Saturday, September 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Magnet Theater. I'm the monologuist for the always hilarious improv show, The Armando Diaz Experience.  Link

Sunday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is back for a new live taping with a mystery scientist and a panel of incredible comedians.  Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. I'm doing a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and an incredible scientist who is named Dr. Jennifer Lopez (not a joke). It's going to be amazing.  Link

As always, you can find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Dave Itzkoff writes for the New York Times about television and film. He's always got an insightful and thought-provoking take on pop culture. His latest book is a biography of Robin Williams. Itzkoff draws from that research to create a multi-media analysis of a small but perfect moment from one of Williams'  standup specials, "A Night at the Met." I love to read great writers talking about work that they love and it's fascinating to get to see Itzkoff break the bit down moment-by-moment. How Robin Williams Made a Joke Both Funny and Sad


FUNNY:
If you don't know Bowen Yang's comedy, you are missing out. He's an actor who's been on High Maintenance and Broad City, an all-around hilarious person, and co-host of the incredible Las Culturistas podcast. I especially love their signature segment "I Don't Think So Honey" where comedians get 60 seconds to tear apart something in the world that drives them crazy, whether it's slow talkers or patriarchy. Recently, Bowen started posting videos of himself lip syncing to iconic moments in movie or television history and they make me laugh so much. It's kind of shocking how good he is at them and also how nuts the source material is. Read this article in Vulture about them and watch them all. Bowen Yang's Twitter Lip-Sync Videos Are Next-Level Art


INTERESTING:
There are so many people working in entertainment who make a living but will never be famous. To some people, that's sad. These are all the bands who will never have a hit, all the comedians without a TV special, all the dancers who never make it to Broadway. But I think it's kind of inspiring and beautiful. Despite not being rich or famous, these are people who still dedicate themselves to entertaining audiences and putting themselves out there. It's much more vulnerable to get up in front of a crowd of seventeen than it is to get up on stage in front of thousands. Esquire takes a look at those brave, passionate souls in a very particular corner of the entertainment industry in this article. Inside the Delightfully Quirky, Absolutely Fabulous, and Utterly Exhausting World of Cruise Performers


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Happy September,
Chris