3 Things: Jon Ronson, Jon Stewart, and Friday Night Lights / 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.


BROOKLYN: The schedule for this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival was just announced and I'm so excited to be a part of such a fun and insane event. Last year, Eugene hired a tax attorney dressed as a clown and you could get free financial advice before or after shows. Who knows what chores you'll be able to take care of this year?Tickets and details for my show (September 19) are online here

NYC: A short play I wrote is going to be performed as part of Cherry Picking 2015, a yearly festival of new works. I'm a huge fan of Cherry Picking and the shows sell out every year, so if you're interested, get tickets soon. My play is on the first night, Monday, August 31. Tickets here

BOSTON: Tickets just went on sale for our next You're the Expert taping at the Davis Square Theater. Saturday, September 27 at 5 p.m. Tickets here

VIRGINIA: I'll be at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, VA on Thursday, September 17 for a free, open to the public show thanks to James Madison University. If you're in the area, email me and let me know! 

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Jon Ronson is not only a fantastic writer, but someone who uses his skills to shine a spotlight on important issues. His latest piece for GQ is both hilarious and eye-opening about the struggles and discrimination that Muslim-American actors face in Hollywood. Right now, the only roles many of them can get are being shot by Chuck Norris. (For the record, that is my dream role.) So what can an actor do to get an actual part? And are they perpetuating ignorance if they accept yet another role as a unnamed terrorist? As always, Ronson leaves me with lots to think about. You May Know Me From Such Roles As Terrorist #4


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Jon Stewart was all over cable news this week for allegedly holding secret nighttime meetings with Barack Obama in the White House. A sinister example of collusion between the government and the liberal media? A conspiracy to take down Fox News? Or worse, is the president considering hitting the standup circuit? I'll let Jon explain what was really going on, in this hilarious segment: When Barry Met Silly

(If you didn't know, this is Jon Stewart's final week on The Daily Show. It's the end of an era. Personally, I can't wait to see what he does next. We got a little hint this week when he made his first appearance back at a standup show in more than 10 years. Here's hoping there's more where that came from.)


1 Interesting Thing:

Friday Night Lights is my favorite television show of all time. Despite the fact that I've never lived in Texas. Despite the fact that I couldn't care less about football. Despite the fact that the second season was complete garbage (I blame the writer's strike). Buzz Bissinger's nonfiction book came out 25 years ago this week and has had a tremendous cultural and social impact.

One of the things that's so interesting to me about his book is that people think it's mostly about football, but it's really about racial and economic tensions in America. Bissinger just went back to Odessa to find out where the boys from his story are now and their tales are both fascinating and illuminating. It's been 25 years, but his book still resonates as strongly as ever. A Town, A Team, and A Dream

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

Have a great weekend,