3 Things: StoryCorps, MuckRock, and Weathermen / 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. 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.


This afternoon at 5 p.m., I'm doing a show featuring a guided chocolate tasting from Brooklyn's Raaka Chocolate and then a selection of comedians telling their best jokes about food. There's even a chocolate themed musical number! The show is officially sold out, but if you want to come, shoot me an email and I might be able to get you in!

Next Saturday (3/28), I'll be performing at the Magnet Theater for the Armando Diaz Experience. They take my stories and improvise scenes based off them. It's legitimately one of the most fun shows I do. Come see it!

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

I often feel like I know the people talking when I listen to StoryCorps. But this story really caught me off guard, because I actually do know this person. It's my friend Zibby! Her boyfriend proposed to her during a StoryCorps session and they're both such quiet understated goofballs that it led to some pretty hilarious audio. I challenge you to listen to this without smiling. StoryCorps Chicago: Will You Marry Me?

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Hard-hitting investigative journalism is not dead. Last June, MuckRock requested "all complaints Amtrak received regarding its lounge cars over the past two years. Last week, after nine months of processing, the responsive docs finally came in, and boy, those must have been a busy nine months." Amtrak redacted these complaints to a ridiculous degree and their bumbling coverup only led to even more hilarious results. You've got to read these: Amtrak Complaints

1 Interesting Thing:

"On a moonless night in October 2001, an American helicopter lifted off from an airbase in Uzbekistan, banking south on a covert mission into Afghanistan. Inside was one of America's most elite and unknown special operators, hand-selected for a job so important that the wider war on terror hinged on its success."

Spoiler alert: he's a weatherman. Before I read Tony Doukoupil's reporting, I thought Al Roker had the most dangerous job in meteorology. Now I know there are way more serious risks than an overeager family from Topeka. Definitely check out this story about the hard-charging, parachuting commandos who predict the weather in war zones. Send in the Weathermen

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

Have a great weekend,