3 Things: Monica Lewinsky, NYC Subways, and Josh Gondelman / 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 Providence tonight doing some standup at 10 p.m. with Aparna Nancherla and Dan Mintz. The show is free so come by if you're in town! It's at the Brown University Comedy Conference . Then on Thursday (4/9), I'm doing Taste Test Comedy in NYC. It's a special unleavened Passover edition with snacks from Katz's Deli. It's also free! Details here

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

If you haven't already watched Monica Lewinsky's TED Talk, The Price of Shame, you're really missing out. It's important. As she points out, we're so frequently obsessed with shame and outrage on the Internet rather than empathy. One of the most insightful and interesting responses to her talk came from the New Yorker's Alexandra Schwartz. I think the whole question of shame and whether or not we attack with our words is central to choices performers make in comedy, but it's increasingly central to being a human with a smartphone as well. Alex really captures that. The Shame Game

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

The newest episode of You're the Expert is my favorite that we've taped so far. Dr. Chris Mason studies the genetics of bacteria on the NYC subway. I interviewed him with help from Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and Maeve Higgins and they made me laugh so hard it was a challenge to even finish the episode. You can download or stream it for free here.Bacteria of the NYC Subway System

1 Interesting Thing:

Josh Gondelman is one of my favorite people on the planet. He's hilarious, kind, and a fantastic writer. When he's not working on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver he's cranking out heartfelt, interesting pieces like this article he wrote for Buzzfeed about being the New England Patriot's most sensitive fan. I Had Given Up on the NFL. Then Nana Became a Patriots Fanatic.

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

Have a great weekend,