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Tomorrow, (This Sunday, May 17), I'm doing a new variety show called "You Get A Spoon!" It's at 7 p.m. at Under St Marks and this first month I've got readings from Alexandra Schwartz (The New Yorker), a radio play from Brendan Pelsue and Natasha Haverty, and stories/comedy from Maeve Higgins. Plus so many prizes for the audience! Details and tickets here
Down the road a bit, I've got three You're the Expert tapings coming up. Boston on May 31, NYC on June 4, and DC on June 17 (details and tickets soon).
Ok, on to this week's list!
1 Thing I Think Is Great:
I'm only in the very earliest stages of planning a wedding, but I can already tell that the entire process is insane. It's like living in an alternate universe where gender roles are 40 years in the past, empty fields are suddenly wildly expensive "rustic venues," and family members have to compete in the Hunger Games to make it onto the invite list. Regardless of whether you're married, single, engaged, or otherwise, I really can't imagine anyone not enjoying Katie Baker's feature for Grantland, where she applies sports analytics to the NY Times Wedding Section. She hilariously and merciless tears it apart. +2 points if the couple met on a private Silicon Valley corporate bus. Wedded Blitz! The Rites of Spring
1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:
Every night on Jeopardy!, contestants try their best to puzzle out clues and outmaneuver the competition using only their wits. But they also have to occasionally (and awkwardly) talk about their personal lives with Alex Trebek. My new favorite place on the internet is the Jeopardy! Stories twitter account, which does just one thing perfectly "simplistically yet accurately summarizing the insipid contestant interview part of Jeopardy!" You have to read these for yourself: @CoolJepStories
1 Interesting Thing:
I've been following Jon Ronson's work on Internet culture every since I first heard about his new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed. The main idea is essentially that we don't have enough empathy online and instead are so focused on free anonymous speech that we rarely put any thought into the consequences. He's a fantastic writer and he always leaves me with new ideas to mull over. Check out his interview in Wired Magazine here: Is There Any Hope For A Kinder, Gentler Internet?
Ok, thanks for reading! More details on shows and my full schedule online atwww.chrisduffycomedy.com/calendar/
Have a great weekend,