3 Things: Oliver Sacks, The Chris Gethard Show, and Dylan Marron / 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 and/or see the archive of past emails here.


Boston: Sunday (7/12) at 7:30 p.m. I'll be hosting Taste Test Comedy at ImprovBostonfeaturing free small bites from local vendors and jokes from Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central, America's Got Talent), Matt Donaher (Conan), Kelly MacFarland (Last Comic Standing), Kevin Seefried, and me! Get tickets here

NYC: Wednesday (7/15) at 8 p.m. at the Two Boots Pizzeria in Park Slope, I'm doing a set on Christian Polanco's fantastic standup show Knockin' Boots. It's free and there's also pizza. This is a clear win. 

NYC: Sunday (7/19) at 7 p.m. at Under St Marks, I've got this months's edition of "You Get A Spoon!" with prizes and performers from some incredible artists.This month we've got jazz trumpet from the incomparable Riley Mulherkar, old timey Prohibition music from Camp Street, and more than a few surprises. Details and tickets here 

Last but not least, we've got two more weeks left in You're the Expert's first on-air run on WBUR! Today they're airing our "Comparative Lactation" episode featuring the work of Harvard's Katie Hinde, who studies the breast milk of different mammals. This episode features Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac, and Sarah Vowell. You can hear it live on WBUR 90.9 FM in Boston at 6 p.m. today or on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Of course, you can alwayshear the show or download past episodes online here. 

(Final request: If you haven't please fill out this online survey and tell WBUR you love You're the Expert. We're in a pilot phase right now but if enough people give positive feedback we'll make the jump to a regular weekly program and maybe even go nationwide)

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Oliver Sacks is one of the greatest writers and minds of our time. To have written so lucidly and compellingly about his patients, the broader field of neuroscience, and his own personal experiences is a stunning accomplishment. But he's going even beyond that now in the way he's facing death with such dignity and grace. Maria Popova has a similar gift for taking the intellectual and making it poetic. Her tribute to Oliver Sacks and the role that art and music played in his life is a must read. Musicked Down the Mountain: How Oliver Sacks Saved His Own Life by Literature and Song


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Breakdancing. Confetti. Bunnies. Drunk audience members. A baby in a tuxedo. The newest episode of The Chris Gethard Show has all these and more. Ellie Kemper fromUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the celebrity guest and together with Gethard they attempt to make the most positive 22 minutes of television ever. I'm a longtime fan ofTCGS but I'm only now catching up on their network TV episodes. In a fantastic way, I think they're even better. The comedy is more condensed and accessible but it's still the craziest show around. For example, last week they had an actual marriage for three couples live on-air and Will Ferrell gave best man toasts. Even more than the jokes, the sheer insanity of it all makes me laugh. TCGS: You OK? with Ellie Kemper

1 Interesting Thing:

Dylan Marron is a fantastic actor. He's been in many of my favorite live shows and web series, from Whatever This Is to Ridgewood Middle School Talent Nite with Jo Firestone.He deserves to be famous. But Dylan's also been making these very powerful and thought provoking videos called Every Single Word, that highlight how little screen time actors of color receive in Hollywood. He talks about that project and more in this Washington Post interview with Soraya Nadia McDonald. It's one of the most nuanced and thoughtful conversations about race in entertainment that I've read. WaPo: Meet Dylan Marron 

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

Have a great weekend,