3 Things: Charlie Santore, Chris Fleming, and Ellen DeGeneres 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 current episode of You're the Expert was features NASA's Dr. Jennifer Lopez. Comedians Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Bowen Yang learned all about her work with the International Space Station. Link

My wife Mollie and her co-author Liz Fosslien wrote a book called "No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work." It's out in 2019 but available for pre-order now: Link

SEATTLE:
Thursday, December 27th at 7:30 p.m. at The Annex Theatre. Riley Mulherkar (of The Westerlies) and I are going to be in town and we're continuing our holiday tradition of putting on a night of music and comedy.  Link

I'll be announcing more shows in 2019. As always, you'll be able to find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

GREAT:
Charlie Santore can crack just about any safe in the world. But rather than rob banks and casinos, Charlie travels the world helping people who can't figure out how to unlock their stuff. And he often brings along his thirteen-year-old son and protege. Charlie's stories are fascinating and he finds things you'd never expect to see locked away. (Side note: I really want to go to one of the parties where professionals get together and break into dozens of safes all at once.) Meet the Safecracker of Last Resort

 
FUNNY:
Chris Fleming is a comedian like no other. He creates entire bizarro worlds out of tiny, incredibly precise societal observations, like how two straight dads are allowed to talk to each other, or the way polyamorous people announce themselves. His latest insanity is all about superfruit and the wellness craze. Introducing The Morton


INTERESTING:
"Because daytime talk shows get less attention than their late-night counterparts, [Ellen] DeGeneres is often overlooked in discussions of important hosts. But make no mistake: No other current daily host has been as successful or celebrated." Jason Zinoman, one of the best journalists writing about comedy, looks at Ellen's return to standup and uncovers some insights about the way that fame can be limiting, the tension between escapism and introspection, and what it takes to be "liked." Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think


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Have a great weekend,
Chris

3 Things: Tavi Gevinson, Adam Sandler, and RIP Medical Debt 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 was recorded at NatGeo in Washington, D.C. with NASA's Dr. Jennifer Lopez. Comedians Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Bowen Yang learned all about her work with the International Space Station. Link

My wife Mollie and her co-author Liz Fosslien wrote a very funny, insightful, and useful book called "No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work." It's out in January but available for pre-order now: Link

SEATTLE:
Thursday, December 27th at 7:30 p.m. at The Annex Theatre. Riley Mulherkar (of The Westerlies) and I are going to be in town and we're continuing our holiday tradition of putting on a night of music and comedy.  Link

I'll be announcing a lot more shows in 2019. As always, you'll be able to find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

GREAT:
Tavi Gevinson started Rookie Mag when she was 15 years old. Her own writing is always excellent, but Tavi also had a great eye for other contributors. I love the way she described the magazine in 2011, when it was first starting, "Rookie is not your guide to Being a Teen. It is not a pamphlet on How to Be a Young Woman. (If it were, it would be published by American Girl and your aunt would've given it to you in the fifth grade.) It is, quite simply, a bunch of writing and art we like and believe in."

Now, seven years later, Rookie is shutting down. Whether you've been a loyal reader for years or you're hearing about Rookie for the first time right now, Tavi's final editor's note is absolutely worth a read. She talks about issues I've been thinking about for my own work, but far more eloquently than I could. It's an open look at the business of creativity, the tensions between making money and making art, and how sometimes you have to let go. Also, it's very funny (shout out to all the Bryces of the world). Thank You for Growing Up With Us


FUNNY:
Happy Night 7 of Chanukah! Coincidentally, it was also the 7th night of Chanukah when Adam Sandler first introduced the world to his biggest holiday hit. Growing up, this song was one of my favorite parts of the holiday and I still know every word. Adam Sandler's comedy takes me right back to being in middle school and laughing hysterically at something so dumb and yet so funny with my friends at lunch. I didn't love everything in his new Netflix special,100% Fresh, but there were lots of bits that reminded me of that feeling. He's able to make even something like a song about farting in an armchair surprisingly funny (and, weirdly, kind of emotional). My Old Chair  


INTERESTING:
Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton worked for years in debt collection before deciding that they'd had enough. They used their insider knowledge to switch sides and create a nonprofit that purchases and abolishes medical debt rather than perpetuating a cycle of poverty. You can watch John Oliver explain how it works here. Or here's a NYT article from this week: 2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers. In my personal opinion, it also makes a pretty badass holiday gift. Because the debt sells for pennies on the dollar, instead of buying family members or colleagues yet another present they'll have to regift later, for a hundred dollars you can tell them that you abolished $10,000 of debt in their name. There's no way anyone else can compete with a gift worth ten grand. You just won Christmas.


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Happy Holidays!
Chris

3 Things: Ricky Jay, Charlie Hankin, and Emma Harris 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:
Both parts of the You're the Expert mini-series are out now. I went into the badlands of Montana/Wyoming with paleontologist Dr. Mike D'Emic to dig up an entirely new species of dinosaur. You can hear it all here: Link

My wife Mollie and her co-author Liz Fosslien wrote a very funny, insightful, and useful book called "No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work." It's out in January but available for pre-order here: Link

SEATTLE:
Thursday, December 27th at 7:30 p.m. at The Annex Theatre. Riley Mulherkar (of The Westerlies) and I are going to be in town and we're continuing our holiday tradition of putting on a night of music and comedy. Tickets just went on sale today, but this show always sells out fast so grab yours now while you still can. Link

I'll be announcing a lot more shows after the holidays. As always, you'll be able to find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

GREAT:
Ricky Jay was one of the world's most iconic performers. A magician who redefined the craft, he was also a wonderful actor. He passed away this week. If you're not familiar with his work, do yourself a favor and read this incredible 1993 New Yorker profile of him. I think it's one of the best pieces the magazine has ever run.  "Ricky Jay does closeup magic that flouts reality. But, rather than headline in Las Vegas, Jay prefers to live in the mysterious world of ancient mountebanks, eccentric entertainers, and sleight-of-hand artists, whose secrets he preserves with a scholarly passion, and who are his true peers in the realm of illusion." Secrets of the Magus


FUNNY:
Charlie Hankin is one of those comedians who can do it all. He's an actor who stole scenes in series on Amazon and Comedy Central. He's a co-creator of the incredibly prolific sketch comedy duo Good Cop Great Cop. But on top of that, he's developed a huge following for his laugh out loud cartoons. You can see them in magazines all over the world or on his Instagram, which I highly recommend. Charlie Hankin


INTERESTING:
Emma Harris is an environmental writer in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She covered a wild story for Outside Magazine. Pun fully intended. (By the way, I am consistently amazed by the stories Outside publishes. They are doing something very right.) "As a child, Cody Sheehy made headlines when he vanished into the freezing wilderness of Northeast Oregon, making it out safely after 18 hours of determined slogging. Retracing his steps 32 years later, Sheehy says that getting lost was one of the best life lessons he ever had." How a 6-Year-Old Survived Being Lost in the Woods


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Have a great weekend,
Chris