3 Things: Lindy West, Stewart Lee, and Antivenom by Chris Duffy

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Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
This week, I wrapped my work on this season of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas. I'm looking forward to having time for my own projects this summer, but also if you are a TV person and need a writer, now's a great time to hit up my inbox (especially if you're in LA). In the meantime, the show continues to exist on HBO and online. This week's episode looked at automation and how students are being prepared for a changing workplace where they might have to compete against robots for jobs. Link

Also, if you missed last week's episode about school lunch, the full show is up on YouTube now. Link

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

NYC:
Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the 92nd St Y. Mollie and Liz are doing a talk and book signing for their bestseller No Hard Feelings. The 92 St Y is an NYC institution and I'm so excited to get to see them onstage there. Tickets are still available! Link

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space. I will be performing at Uptown Showdown, a comedic debate. This month the topic is thinkers vs feelers and features me, Aparna Nancherla, Bowen Yang, Julio Torres, and more. Link

SEATTLE:
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Join me in the audience for Liz and Mollie's book talk and discussion about emotions at work for No Hard FeelingsLink

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

This week’s list

GREAT:
Lindy West is such an incredible writer, advocate, and public speaker. In the midst of a pretty terrifying week of news about the ongoing legislative war on humans who can get pregnant, I would encourage everyone to watch her interview on The Daily Show. Counteracting Dangerous Myths with "Shout Your Abortion" 

Reading about the draconian laws passed in Alabama, Ohio, and Georgia, I was surprised to learn how far they are from what the voters in those states actually believe. In fact, there is no state in the country where support for banning abortion reaches even 30%. Here's more info on the numbers. That reality makes me think as far as concrete action, we should donate to support reproductive health organizations but also we just gotta vote better politicians into office who will actually represent their constituents and not fanatics. (I keep donating to Elizabeth Warren and you can too.) 


FUNNY:
Talking about the gap between how the powerful act and what regular people believe is a cornerstone of Stewart Lee's comedy. He's one of the best political stand ups of all time and I think he's sadly under-appreciated in the U.S. But this set shows off so much of what makes him special: his wordplay, his intellect, and his joy in getting the audience to rise to his level. Stewart Lee at Just For Laughs (h/t Alingon Mitra)


INTERESTING:
I would not have predicted that a guy who films YouTube videos of himself getting bitten by deadly snakes would turn out to be the key to saving thousands of lives, but what do I know? This article from Outside about a "gifted young immunologist" and the quest to discover a universal human anti-venom is one of the craziest stories I've ever read and also shockingly inspiring. 

"It might one day be to the world's great fortune that Jacob Glanville, a young immunologist trying to make a name for himself in the field of universal vaccines, went online and found Tim Friede, a mechanic who had been shooting lethal doses of snake venom into his bloodstream for going on two decades." Read more here


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Stay safe and avoid poisonous snakes,
Chris

3 Things: Alice Trillin, Ramy Youssef, and Jonny Sun by Chris Duffy

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It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with your friends. If someone forwarded this email to you and you want to start getting them yourself, you can sign up here.

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
I co-wrote last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, where we looked at the big business of school lunch and how Minneapolis is trying to make sure that all kids get healthy, delicious meals. Link

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

NYC:
Monday, May 13 at 9:00 p.m. at The Magnet. I'm telling a story at the long running and wonderful Nights of Our Lives show. Link

Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the 92nd St Y. Mollie and Liz are doing a talk and book signing for their bestseller No Hard Feelings. The 92 St Y is an NYC institution and I'm so excited to get to see them onstage there. Come learn about emotions with me! Link

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space. I will be performing at Uptown Showdown, a comedic debate. This month the topic is thinkers vs feelers and features me and Aparna Nancherla. Link

SEATTLE:
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Join me in the audience for Liz and Mollie's book talk and discussion about emotions at work for No Hard FeelingsLink

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

This week’s list

GREAT:
Calvin Trillin is one of the best nonfiction writers of all time. So much of his work, especially his food writing, featured his wife, Alice, as a muse and a comedic presence. When she passed away, he wrote About Alice, which is one of the most lovely and funny pieces of writing I've ever read. Here's an excerpt. Alice was a writer herself and her article in the New England Journal of Medicine about the experience of being a cancer patient has, for many years now, been used to train doctors. Both Alice and Calvin's work proves that even in the midst of tragedy, it's possible to find beauty and laughter. Of Dragons and Garden Peas


FUNNY:
Ramy Youssef created and stars in a critically acclaimed TV show. He's got an HBO comedy special coming out. In a lot of ways, it seems like he's hitting the traditional path of showbiz success. But he's subverting expectations about what that success should look like. His real life best friend, Steve Way, who has muscular dystrophy, co-stars on the sitcom. And instead of the typical talkshow chitchat, Ramy talked about his faith and his father's immigrant experience with Colbert. "I Wish Muslims Prayed on Sundays"


INTERESTING:
Jonny Sun built a following with his tweets in the character of a very emotional alien who is beginning to understand life on Earth. Now he writes for my favorite TV show, Bojack Horseman, when he's not co-authoring a book with Lin-Manuel Miranda or giving a TED Talk or getting his PhD in urban studies at MIT. How does a person like him manage to be so insanely productive? The NYT found out in his work diary. Correct Spellign Optoinal, Creativity Mandatory


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Have a great day,
Chris

3 Things: D'Arcy Carden, Flight of the Conchords, and Choe Sang-Hun by Chris Duffy

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with your friends. If someone forwarded this email to you and you want to start getting them yourself, you can sign up here.

Upcoming Shows

EVERYWHERE:
Last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas was another that I co-wrote. Wyatt looks at how a high school in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood is dealing with gentrification and fighting to make sure their kids have the same access to education as wealthier neighborhoods. Link

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

NYC:
TONIGHT! Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 p.m. at The Brick. I'm on Carley Moseley's improv show alongside some of the funniest people in NYC. Plus this show features a talk/tasting with Jake Dell of Katz's Deli. Link

Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the 92nd St Y. Mollie and Liz are doing a talk and book signing for their bestseller No Hard Feelings. The 92 St Y is an NYC institution and I'm so excited to get to see them onstage there. Come learn about emotions with me! Link

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Space. I will be performing on the always hilarious Uptown Showdown, a comedic debate. This month the topic is thinkers vs feelers and features me and Aparna Nancherla. Link

SEATTLE:
Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Join me in the audience for Liz and Mollie's book talk and discussion about emotions at work for No Hard FeelingsLink

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

This week’s list

GREAT:
D'Arcy Carden stars in some my favorite TV shows. More than that, she's almost always my favorite character. It's because she has this infectious electricity onscreen. She's hilarious, energetic, and incredibly versatile. On a single episode of The Good Placealone, she regularly plays a good, bad, and neutral version of her character Janet. And if this Washington Post profile is at all accurate, she's just as great offscreen as well.  How D'Arcy Carden Finally Found Her Good Place


FUNNY:
I've been going back through old Flight of the Conchords videos and songs this week. It's so fun to rediscover how good they are at extremely silly musical comedy. I love that even years after their show went off the air, they still get together to write more goofy songs. They're clearly having a lot of fun. If you're not already familiar, you gotta start with this all-time classic: It's Business Time. But I also love this newer hit I just discovered: Father and Son.


INTERESTING:
One of the many downsides of slimmer budgets at newspapers is there are fewer reporters on the ground outside the United States. It means that Americans tend to only hear about wars and tragedies abroad. When there are pieces about everyday life, they can sometimes be reductive or even stereotypical. But Choe Sang-Hun bucks that trend. His South Korea stories for The New York Times are deeply reported and often very beautiful. I loved this piece about elderly women in rural communities deciding to go back to school. Running Out of Children, A South Korean School Enrolls Grandmothers


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Enjoy the weekend,
Chris