3 Things: Liz Fosslien, Documentary Now!, and Tattoos / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

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Apologies that this email is a day late and a dollar short! But to make up for it, I've got lots of fun stuff for you today.

BOSTON: TODAY! You're the Expert at the Davis Square Theater is SOLD OUT. But there are still some tickets available for Taste Test Comedy at 7:30 p.m. with Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and more. I'll be telling standup jokes just about food, we've got free samples from Patty Chen's Dumpling Room, and we're ending the show with a dumpling-themed improvised musical. It's going to be amazing. Get tickets here!

NYC: Monday, I'll be telling jokes at Joe Rumrill and Julio Torres' lovely free standup show Fresh Perspectives. Wednesday, I'm hosting Megawatt comedy night at the Magnet Theater all night. And Saturday, I'll be performing and emceeing in Hudson River Park from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the free marine science festival Submerge! 

BAY AREA: You're the Expert is at the Bay Area Science Festival on Friday, October 23 at the Castro Theatre. Details/tickets here

You can see my full schedule up on the website now.

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Liz Fosslien is an artist and illustrator who combines a light whimsical style with her background in economics and math. As a result, her cartoons and stories always present the world from an angle I wouldn't have seen before. I've shared some of her work in previous emails, but I just came across this essay in Bound. I love it. Life as told through houseplants left behind. On Growing by Liz Fosslien


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Bill Hader and Fred Armisen's new IFC series "Documentary Now!" is unbelievable. I actually have trouble believing how painstakingly they recreate a famous documentary each week and how much hilarity they wring out of some pretty esoteric pieces. Their parody of Grey Gardens is just perfect, but I laughed the hardest at this spot-on takedown of Vice News called "Dronez." Jack Black as "Dronez" Founder in IFC's Documentary Now!


1 Interesting Thing:

Bianca Giaever makes videos at This American Life helping people "say things to their friends and loved ones that they cannot bring themselves to say." This video is ostensibly about tattoos, but it's really about religious belief and forgiveness. With Pope Francis visiting the US this week and focusing attention on faith's power to expand our compassion and empathy, I found this to be particularly resonant. Hopefully you will too! Also it's undeniably got some badass tattoos in it. This American Life Videos 4 U

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

Have a great weekend,