3 Things: Nicky Radcliffe, Sudi Green, and Hugh Herr 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:
Today's New York Times features a big profile of You're the Expert on the front page of the Arts section! Read that here (You can also listen to all episodes of the podcast online here)

The final episode ever of The Payoff is out now. Antonia Cereijido and I get advice on how to transition between jobs in the most financially intelligent way. You can listen to the whole season online here:  Link

NEW YORK CITY:
Thursday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at Caveat. The fantastic John Hodgman returns to You're the Expert for a night of laughter, learning, and many unexpected tangents. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Nicky Radcliffe's story in the Modern Love column is so moving and beautifully written. It's the story of a relationship she developed while working as a bartender in London. Unlike a lot of the stories in the column, it's not strictly a romantic relationship but more like an intensely platonic love that she doesn't quite know how to handle. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just let you read for yourself. Recognizing What They Had, 20 Years Too Late

(Also in the love stories department, this is an amazing story about a veteran's path home and through PTSD. Love's Road Home)


FUNNY:
Sudi Green writes for Saturday Night Live and Matt Rogers is a sketch comic and co-host of the Las Culturistas podcast. Together, they've teamed up for the totally absurd and hilarious web-series, Power Couple. Sudi and Matt's chemistry and their rapid-fire banter crack me up every time. Episode One, where they play Cleopatra and Caesar trying to duck out of a party to gossip and catch up really had me going. Power Couple


INTERESTING:
"MIT research scientist Hugh Herr lost both legs below the knee after a 1982 winter climbing ordeal. In less than a year, he hacked his prosthetics to allow him to climb again, and he went on to become one of the world's leading innovators in the field." I haven't stopped thinking about this profile since I read it. Herr is at the forefront of questions about technology, medicine, and disability. His research is fascinating on a technical level but, even more importantly, he's living proof of the potential research has to transform millions of lives around the globe. The Biomechatronic Man 

Ok, thanks for reading! 

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Chris

3 Things: Maria Bamford, Laurie Kilmartin, and Emily Nussbaum 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:
Three comedians try to guess what a leading scientist does all day and then find out why her research is important and exciting on You're the Expert.  Link

On The Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I try to learn about money from a team of financial experts.  Link

NEW YORK CITY:
THIS TUESDAY, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Caveat. My variety show and prize giveawayYou Get A Spoon is back with music from Emmy the Great and Tica Douglas, jokes from Maeve Higgins and me, and stories from Moth GrandSlam winner Adam Wade. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
This week, the comedy world has been having a lot of difficult but necessary conversations after the NYT reported on Louis CK's sexual misconductscandal. I'm far from successful enough to have ever met Louie or even been in the same room as him, but even I had heard the rumors and I'm glad he's finally being held to account.

I've been thinking about performers and writers who try to tear down these broken power dynamics instead of abusing them. Maria Bamford has always been one of my comedy heroes for the way she fearlessly talks about the things most people would rather not discuss and creates space and opportunities for others to do the same. For the past year, she's been trying her hardest to break taboos about money. Financial exploitation and sexual misconduct are obviously not the same thing, but abuses of all sorts fester in the dark and I admire everyone who's courageous enough to bring these issues to light. Maria Bamford Wants to Tell You How Much Money She Makes  (and watch this video of her commencement speech which ends with her giving her speaking fee away to a graduate in debt)


FUNNY:
Another Louie lesson is that there are plenty of hilarious comedians out there who aren't creeps. If you're looking for a better option, might I recommend Laurie Kilmartin? She's a standup, writer for Conan, and absolutely one of the best comedians in the country. Here's her hilarious (not entirely suitable for work) standup set and then here's her podcast, co-hosted by the also fantastic Jackie Kashian, where they discuss their thirty year careers in standup. 

Laurie also tackled the Louie story head-on in an op-ed: Being A Female Comic in Louie C.K.'s World.


INTERESTING:
Finally, a lot of the conversation about Louie has also been tied up in the question of whether you can separate the art and the artist. Emily Nussbaum is a television critic who's always thought-provoking and I found her reaction to be very interesting. Reacting to the Louis C.K. Revelations

Ok, that's all I have for you this week. I hope next week will bring happier news and fun light-hearted jokes to share with you, but either way, thank you for reading. I really appreciate it.

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Chris

3 Things: Demetri Martin, Kelsey Caine, and Tim Minchin 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:
Three comedians try to guess what a leading scientist does all day and then find out why her research is important and exciting on You're the Expert.  Link

On The Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I try to learn about money from a team of financial experts.  Link

NEW YORK CITY:
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Caveat. My variety show and prize giveaway You Get A Spoon is back with music from Emmy the Great and Tica Douglas, jokes from Maeve Higgins and me, and stories from Moth GrandSlam winner Adam Wade. Link

BOSTON:
Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. at the New England Aquarium. We're going deep under the sea with a scientist from the aquarium and panelists Eugene Mirman, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice.  Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

GREAT:
Demetri Martin's new book of drawings is so creative and funny. It's 192 pages of pure joy. If you've never seen Demetri live before, his standup is full of unpredictable visual gags and genius logical tangents. For a taste, check out his brilliant bit on Colbert (I even cued it up to the best part for you). I definitely recommend reading the whole book though, and starting with this interview in the L.A. Times: Demetri Martin's new book of drawings is 'If It's Not Funny, It's Art.' Do we have to pick? 


FUNNY:
Kelsey Caine chronicled her accidental journey into the world of competitive beauty pageants for The New York Times and every single moment in her story is hilarious. Kelsey is a super funny standup comic, and she brings that sharp attention to detail to the bizarre world of butt glue and inspirational speeches. Yes, I Really Am in This Beauty Pageant


INTERESTING:
Tim Minchin is an Australian comedian, musician, and the man behind the musicals Matilda and Groundhog Day. He's a guy that seemingly does everything. This week, I stumbled across a commencement speech he gave at the University of Western Australia, and I've been feeling very inspired by it. In particular, I love his advice to define yourself by things you love, not by things you hate. It's easy to tear stuff down, but so much better for yourself (and the world) to find things you want to build up instead. 9 Life Lessons from Tim Minchin

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Have a great weekend!
Chris