3 Things: The Oatmeal, No Rhythm Guy, and Mary Oliver / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

If you're new to these emails, welcome! Every Saturday, I send out a short email with three great things. If you feel like you haven't gotten these emails in a while, try checking to make sure this email is a trusted address so they aren't getting filtered to spam. For live shows, I've got a bunch featured below and a complete list on my website. Feel free to spread the word about these emails! Anyone can sign up for the mailing list online and/or check out the archive with all past emails here.


Tonight (11/14) at 8 p.m. I'll be telling jokes at Wesleyan University with Aparna Nancherla. Free!

Sunday, November 15, at 7 p.m. it's my variety show You Get A Spoon! Come see a performance by Matt Catanzano and Richie Moriarty from Simply Unemployable, songs from Julia Anrather, and jokes from me. Plus lots of audience prizes and a chance to win the world's greatest mixing spoon. Get tickets here

Monday, November 16 at 9:30 p.m., I'm doing a short comedy bit at Joe's Pub as part of The Talent Show, run by the lovely and talented Kevin Townley and Elna Baker. Details/tickets here

I'll be on Dave Hill's hilarious WFMU comedy/rock radio show on Monday night from11 p.m. to midnight ET. You can stream or listen here. 

You can also see my full schedule up on the website now.

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Sometimes, with all the suffering and violence in the world, it feels beyond inappropriate to make jokes for a living. My heart is with everyone in Paris right now and those whose loved ones are suffering. I'm not sure how words can convey the appropriate emotions sometimes. But I believe that's the role of art. Matthew Inman, the comedian and cartoonist behind The Oatmeal, put up this poignant and moving piece this week. It was before news broke of the attacks in Paris, but it couldn't have been more appropriate. To me, it's the perfect message for days like this when the world feels dark. "Get up, and help someone."The Oatmeal: It's going to be okay.

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

My friends Evan and Caitlin got married this year. They're two of the loveliest, funniest, best people around. After the wedding, the party headed to a local bar where a band, the Boston Naturals, were performing. They documented a truly amazing scientific phenomenon. Caitlin's cousin is utterly and completely devoid of rhythm. Apparently the band films all their gigs and the video of him trying (and failing) to clap along to the music has officially gone viral. It's hilarious.  The Boston Naturals: No Rhythm Dude

1 Interesting Thing:

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets and I've re-read her poem "The Summer Day" several times this week. It's beautiful and simple and exactly what I've needed to hear recently. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" It's well past summer, but there's no reason you can't revisit it for a few minutes and take a deep breath to appreciate this wild and precious moment. Mary Oliver: The Summer Day  

Ok, thanks for reading! More details on shows and my full schedule online atwww.chrisduffycomedy.com/calendar/

Have a great weekend,