3 Things: Guy Reid, Nicki Minaj's Bat Mitzvah, and Baltimore / 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.


A couple bigger shows coming up:
-5/17 Three Great Things live in NYC at Under St Marks
-5/24 Taste Test Comedy in Cambridge, MA at ImprovBoston
-6/4 You're the Expert in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge.

Ok, on to this week's list!


Thing I Think Is Great:

Guy Reid is making incredible films that are largely shot in space. Guy's new film, Interplanetary, is on the festival circuit right now, but his short film Overview is online and you can watch for free. It's about the Overview Effect, which I hadn't heard of before. "The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts' perspective of the planet and mankind's place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment." Overview by Guy Reid

Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Nicki Minaj performed at a kid's bar mitzvah. Not a big deal, right? Wrong. Nicki took a photo with some 13-year-olds and Rembert Browne at Grantland wrote the most spectacular and hilariously in-depth analysis of what that photo means. Oh man, it's so good. Going Way Too Deep Down the Rabbit Hole with Nicki Minaj's Recent Bar Mitzvah Appearance 

For the record, I strongly disagree with some of his analysis regarding hand placement.
(H/T Mollie)


2 Interesting Things:

With everything that's happening in Baltimore right now, I've struggled to understand what's really going on and wrap my mind around it. Alex Karakatsanis' piece in the Harvard Law Review, while not directly about Baltimore, is the best analysis I've read of what's going wrong in our legal system right now. Policing, Mass Imprisonment, and the Failure of American Lawyers

For me personally, a lot of what I've seen in New York and around the country this past year can't only be processed intellectually. There's an inability of language to capture the situation, which is when art steps in. This poem by Ross Gay has been really speaking to me recently. A Small Needful Fact

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

Have a great weekend,