3 Things: Bear People, Meeting Tricks, and Bot Farms / 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.


I'm in beautiful Chapel Hill right now. Last night I did Taste Test Comedy here at the DSI Theater, where I told exclusively food related jokes and all the audience members got to sample snacks from local food vendors. I'm flying to Boston tomorrow to host a special Women in Comedy Festival version of the show with jokes from Anna Drezen, Aparna Nancherla, and me, snacks from Clover, and improvised raps about food by Rachel Rosenthal and Evan Kaufman. It should be a blast! Details and tickets here. 

Tuesday in NYC, I co-host Firestone Success Academy with the delightful Jo Firestone. It's a cross between a night school and a cult, where audience members help teach us basic life skills.

Friday, I'm at the Philadelphia Science Festival for You're the Expert with Wyatt Cenac, Zhubin Parang, and Jo Firestone. Details and tickets here.

Ok, on to this week's list!


1 Thing I Think Is Great:

You are about to join the Bear People revolution. A wonderful thing about the comedy community is that sometimes everyone will decide they love a little random idea and run with it. Bear People is a perfect example. Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers, from the musical sketch comedy group Pop Roulette, got stuck in traffic and made up a short, intensely serious song about taking care of bears. Within days, everyone I know was posting their own very earnest and hilarious covers of the song. The pure unabashed silliness and creativity of it all is what makes me love comedians so much. You know the song really took over the Internet, because Buzzfeed compiled a guide to the best covers. 

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

This list of tricks to make yourself look smart in meetings is not only beautifully drawn and hilarious, but a very close to a step-by-step guide for how I graduated college. English classes were all about those discussion sections and boy did "nodding continuously while pretending to take notes" work wonders. If you have ever worked in an office, you're going to want to read these. 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings (Thanks to the wonderful Sarah Kay for sharing this with me)

1 Interesting Thing:

If you've ever gotten a friend request from a seemingly random person or been followed on social media by a bot, you may have wondered where these fake profiles come from. Doug Bock Clark (real person) has a fascinating piece in the New Republic about the multi-million dollar business of making fake people. The Bot Bubble

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

Have a great weekend,