Hello from beautiful San Francisco! I'm out here for a couple days doing shows at SF Sketchfest, which is so much fun. If you're in the area, definitely check out their calendar.
If you're new to these emails, welcome! Every Saturday, I send out a short email with three great things. I've also got some of my upcoming shows featured below. If you know anyone who you think would enjoy this, feel free to spread the word! They can sign up here or to see the archive of past emails, click here.
SHOW UPDATE: Tonight I'm hosting a You're the Expert show with The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac, Phoebe Robinson, and Nato Green! We've got an incredible professor who does top secret research on extending human life. There are only a few tickets left. Check it out!
If you're in NYC, check out the very first "3 Things Live" on Tuesday, February 3. It's like this email, but you can actually meet the people doing the great stuff! Tickets and info here.
Ok, on to this week's list!
1 Thing I Think Is Great:
Zombies. Teenage angst. A meta-narrative about the structural dynamics of Young Adult fiction. What's not to like? Internet magazine The Weeklings published this multi-part story about a young woman, Mis, who survives a zombie apocalypse. It's the rare piece of writing on the internet that I sat down and read without stopping to check my email 30 times.
"Mis turned and sprinted toward the caves. Something was coming, and all Mis knew was that, whatever or whoever it was, it wasn't dead yet."
The Cliffs: An Essay, A Fiction, A Zombie Fusion (H/T to Cassandra Horii)
1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:
Here is a full fledged musical production, featuring professional dancers, costumes, and the entire Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, performing a song called "Shia LaBeouf." Apparently this came out in October, but I only discovered it this week and it blew me away. The sheer level of commitment it took to make something this silly is amazing.Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf
If that's not enough absurd musical theater for you, check out the hilarious Brett Gelman's masterpiece, "One Thousand Cats."
1 Interesting Thing:
The movie Her gets referenced a lot when I get into conversations about our relationship with technology. But the movie's premise might be closer to reality than I ever imagined. There's a new startup going viral right now called Invisible Boyfriend, which lets you "design a boyfriend (or girlfriend) to your specifications...you pick his name, his age, his interests and personality traits...then you swipe your credit card - $25 per month, cha-ching! - and the imaginary man of your dreams starts texting you."
You have to read this Washington Post article by Caitlin Dewey. I paid $25 for an Invisible Boyfriend, and I think I might be in love.
Ok, thanks for reading! More details on shows and my full schedule online atwww.chrisduffycomedy.com/calendar/
Have a great weekend,