3 Things: Jason Polan, Karen Chee, and Frances Jalet 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 features NY Department of Sanitation's anthropologist-in-residence Dr. Robin Nagle. Robin talks trash with panelists Maeve Higgins, Dylan Marron, and Gary Richardson. Link

WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Today, Saturday October 13th. I'm giving a talk about comedy and live interviewing at the National Association for Science Writers. Let me know if you're going to be at the conference!

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, Bowen Yang, and Dr. Jennifer Lopez. Link

NYC:
Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UCB East Village. I'm telling a story on David Martin's always excellent Nights of Our Lives comedy show. Link

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. It's the final You're the Expert taping of 2018. If you've been meaning to come see a live show, don't miss this one because it's your last chance! Featuring Hari Kondabolu and more. Link

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


This Week’s List

GREAT:
Jason Polan's Taco Bell Drawing Club is the kind of joyful, unpretentious approach to creativity that I wish we had more of. Polan is an accomplished illustrator and artist, but his club is open to anyone and has charters across the country. All you need to do is get some folks together to sketch and eat tacos. Here's a great write-up about the club in The New Yorker Polan' has an ongoing project where he tries to sketch every single person in New York, one-by-one. Like the TBDC, it's a great example of how the core of being an artist isn't creating perfect work, but rather making sure that you create work regularly and stick with the process. Every Person in New York


FUNNY:
Karen Chee is one of my new favorite comedians. She is infectiously positive and warm, incredibly funny, and an amazing writer. Here are two of her masterpieces: Help! I Just Clicked Gmail's Automated Responses and Now I Am On a Deserted Island in Fiji for Having Accrued Too Much Debt  and then also What I've Learned as the Daughter of a Father


INTERESTING:
"In 1967, a 56-year-old lawyer met a young inmate with a brilliant mind and horrifying stories about life inside. Their complicated alliance—and even more complicated romance—would shed light on a nationwide scandal, disrupt a system of abuse and virtual slavery across the state, and change incarceration in Texas forever." The story of Frances Jalet and Fred Cruz in Texas Monthly is one of the most astonishing and well-written pieces I've read in years. The Love Story that Upended the Texas Prison System


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Enjoy the weekend!
Chris

3 Things: Glynnis MacNicol, the Found Footage Festival, and Carolyn Johnson 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 features NY Department of Sanitation's anthropologist-in-residence Dr. Robin Nagle. Robin talks trash with panelists Maeve Higgins, Dylan Marron, and Gary Richardson. 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, Bowen Yang, and Dr. Jennifer Lopez. Link

NYC:
Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UCB East Village. I'm telling a story on David Martin's always excellent Nights of Our Lives comedy show. Link

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. It's the final You're the Expert taping of 2018. If you've been meaning to come see a live show, don't miss this one because it's your last chance! Featuring Hari Kondabolu and more. Link

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

This week’s list

Before I get into this week's 3 Things, please do me and yourself an enormous favor and register to vote. If you are already registered, please make sure that your friends and family are too! Deadlines are coming up in the next couple days for a bunch of states. 

Don't give up! Find small moments of joy and hope and remember that changing big structural issues in society is going to be hard work. If it was easy, someone would have already done it. With that in mind, here are some pockets of beauty and laughter that I have been hanging on to. 

GREAT:
Glynnis MacNicol's book No One Tells You  opens with Glynnis about to turn forty years old, without a husband or a baby. The world tells her that she's supposed to feel bad about her situation, but she doesn't. This leads to her memoir trying to create "a blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world." It's about carving out a life for yourself, that you choose, rather than that's chosen for you. The book is fantastic. I found myself literally cheering out loud for Glynnis at the end of some chapters. Here's an excerpt from chapter one. 


FUNNY:
The Found Footage Festival is a repository of the weirdest, most hilarious DVDs and VHS tapes that have been found in thrift stores or donation bins. Enjoy some of my favorites like Facercise or Rock Vocals. Or dig through the archives yourself! (h/t Andrea Amiel for this gem)


INTERESTING:
Carolyn Johnson has the story of a possible cure for paralysis in The Washington Post. She's one of my favorite science reporters and if you've been feeling like all news is bad news, this is the antidote. "Kelly Thomas woke up in a Florida hospital four years ago with no recollection of the car accident that had robbed her of the ability to walk." Today, an experimental therapy means she can walk on her own. Paralyzed People Are Beginning to Walk With a New Kind of Therapy

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Have a great day,
Chris

3 Things: Rebecca Traister, Gabe Gundacker, and The Good Place 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:
The newest episode of You're the Expert features NY Department of Sanitation's anthropologist-in-residence Dr. Robin Nagle. Robin talks trash with panelists Maeve Higgins, Dylan Marron, and Gary Richardson. Link

I'm also back on Negin Farsad's Fake The Nation this week as part of a big compilation episode. My segment starts at about 30:50 and we discuss why fewer people are going to church these days. Link

NYC:
Friday, October 5th at 10:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Comedy Collective. I'm doing improv on Carley Moseley's show MONSTER MASH. Carley is the best and she's assembled some of the funniest improvisers in the country from SNLSecond CityComedy Central, and more. Link

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UCB East Village. I'm telling a story on David Martin's long-running Nights of Our Lives show. It's always a fun night and I'm honored to be a regular guest. Come check it out!  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 Dr. Jennifer Lopez (not that J.Lo). Link

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

This week’s list

GREAT:
Oh boy. It has been a tough week to be a feeling, sentient human in America. I've been struggling with what to write here and I honestly still don't know what to say. I think that instead of recommending anything great in the "fun" sense, I'll recommend something great in the "powerful or significant" sense. Rebecca Traister has a new book out that's all about the "revolutionary power of women's anger," which couldn't be more timely. We should all be angry right now and this interview with Traister gave me a lot to consider about how we can channel that anger into change. Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister 


FUNNY:
I'm also very aware that I am a comedian and many people need a break from the news for their mental health right now. So let me present you with an opportunity to escape this reality into a blissful alternate world filled with the most hilarious viral song. I can't explain what is so magical about this, but I can tell you that Gabriel Gundacker has made fifty seconds of music that has been stuck in my head and made me laugh out loud all week.Zendaya is Meechee (h/t Max Silvestri) 


INTERESTING:
Season Three of The Good Place just started back up on NBC. I caught up on seasons one and two on Netflix over the summer and loved them. The Good Place has got to be one of the most (if not the most) intellectual and philosophical sitcoms to ever air on network television. Every episode is packed full of laugh out loud jokes, but the driving core of the show is: how can you become a good person? It's a show very much worth watching and a question we all need to be asking ourselves. Talking to a Philosopher About The Good Place (warning: contains some spoilers)


Thanks for reading! If you like these emails, please forward to a friend or come say hi at a live show. If you're reading this for the first time (maybe someone forwarded you this email?), you can subscribe here.

Take care of yourselves,
Chris