3 Things: Atul Gawande, Conan O'Brien, and Amazonian Hermits / 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.


Myq Kaplan is one of the funniest (and nicest) people I know. I'll be doing his monthly showthis Monday at 8 p.m. and it's only $5! Myq Kaplan and Friends 

Then, on Sunday, May 17, I'm doing a new variety show full of prizes 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. Details and tickets here 

Last but not least, I've got three You're the Expert tapings coming up. Boston on May 31NYC 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:

"An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially." Atul Gawande dives deep into the structural issues with testing, compensation, and the fear of missing "something." Gawande is obviously an amazing writer, but what makes this piece so great is that it doesn't just identify a problem, it offers real solutions. I almost forgot you could do that. Overkill


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Conan is so consistently hilarious that some of his best work ends up going unnoticed. But there is a reason he's been on the air for over 20 years. Check out this bit that didn't even make it to air. It's just Conan and T.J. Miller retaping an intro because there was an audio glitch. But it's the funniest re-tape ever. Scraps: T.J. Miller and the Audio Glitch 

If you're wondering what else Conan has been up to, he's mostly just hoping for an erotic adventure while he plays video games. 

1 Interesting Thing:

"Shigeru Nakayama, the guardian of this ghost city in the Amazon rain forest, gazes at the Rio Negro, a vast blackwater tributary. From some angles, it looks less like a river than a sea, spurring him to remember Japan. 'Fukuoka got kind of cold during winter,' said Mr. Nakayama, 66, who left the island of Kyushu in southern Japan with his parents and three brothers in the mid-1960s for a new life in Brazil. 'We were farming people, trying to get ahead. Japan was reduced to ashes after the war. Life was still tough. But Brazil was the land of our dreams,' said Mr. Nakayama, squinting under the punishing midday sun as he leaned his wiry frame against one of the crumbling stone buildings of Airao Velho - a town so overgrown and forlorn it is now held in a labyrinthine embrace of tree roots and vines. If anyone in this remote corner of the Amazon can attest to how dreams unfold in unanticipated ways, Mr. Nakayama certainly can." Hermit of the Jungle by Simon Romero

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

Have a great weekend,