3 Things: Sonic IDs, The Bronx Zoo, and Austen Rosenfeld / by Chris Duffy

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Today's You're the Expert taping is totally SOLD OUT. But we'll be back again in a few months! 

Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. You're the Expert is back in Boston with comedians Maeve Higgins, Charlie Hankin, and Matt Porter. We're talking about the science of nightmares with Suffolk psychologist Dr. Gary Fireman. Link

Friday, January 29 - Saturday, January 30 (2 shows each night). I'll be performing at the new and wonderful Vermont Comedy Club opening for the sketch comedy group Good Cop, Great Cop. Link

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

Ok, on to this week's list!

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

I don't live on Cape Cod and I've only been there once or twice, but I often tune in online to WCAI, their public radio station, because of how great they are. Their project that brings me the most joy is The Sonic IDs. Created by public radio genius Jay Allison, sonic IDs are mini-documentaries about real characters living on the Cape. Basically, WCAI had to say their name and call letters every hour, just like every station, but they decided to take that boring little minute and turn it into something amazing. For example, this 60-second profile of a wigmaker where he talks about losing his hair waterskiing and how a wig once solved a crime is pure gold. I could listen to it 100 times. But they're all fantastic! You can listen to them all online (or even subscribe to them as the world's shortest podcast, if you were so inclined). The Sonic IDs


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Speaking of organizations with a great sense of humor, the fact that the Bronx Zoo will let you name a hissing cockroach after someone for Valentine's Day is comic genius. I love whoever came up with this idea. I'm not sure I'd get one for a romantic partner but it definitely feels like the best possible gift for an enemy. Everything about the fundraiser makes me laugh. The tagline "Elusive, resilient, and sometimes scary: love is like a roach." Or this line from the ad copy, "As they say, roaches make the heart beat faster." Spectacular work. The Bronx Zoo - Name A Roach

1 Interesting Thing:

I had the good fortune this week of performing on a show with the poet Austen Rosenfeld. I'm an enormous fan of her work and she is just as wonderful and gracious in person as she is on the page. Over the past few years since I was introduced to her work, I've found myself coming back to her poems over and over. If you're on the East Coast, here's a poem for you to read on this wintry day: Snow, For Instance or this one is my favorite: Self-Portrait as Housewife


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

Have a great weekend,