3 Things: Austin Kleon, Dana Schwartz, and Bill Buford / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

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This Sunday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m., You Get A Spoon is back! Come see comedy from Evan Kaufman & Rebecca Vigil (Your Love, Our Musical), a reading from journalist Kiera Feldman, and music from Emily Borromeo & Tim Kubart (hosts of Sprout's Sunny Side Up Show). Plus, of course, a chance to win the world's greatest mixing spoon. Link

Monday, January 18 at 9 p.m. It's the LA debut of You're the Expert. We'll have an amazing scientist and a panel of celebrity guests. So far, we've announced Scott Adsit from 30 Rock, but the others are just as exciting. Come learn and laugh with us!  Link

Thursday, January 21 at 8 p.m. You Get A Spoon returns to the Bay.  I'll be doing an extended standup set and inviting some friends to share the stage with me including poet Austen Rosenfeld. More special guests TBA. Link

Saturday, January 23 at 1 p.m. You're the Expert returns for year 3 at SF Sketchfest. Panelists James Adomian, Eugene Mirman, and Kristin Schaal will be interviewing SFO Airport's resident wildlife biologist about how she stops geese from getting sucked into planes. (And other things too). Link

Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. It's been a while since You're the Expert has been back in our hometown. Join us at The Modern Theater at Suffolk University. We're going to be discussing NIGHTMARES with one of the world's leading psychologists.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:

Austin Kleon is one of those artists who I keep coming back to. I like his artwork, but I'm an even bigger fan of the way he writes and thinks about building a creative life. Austin advocates not quitting your day job and instead using financial security to empower your creativity. Obviously that differentiates him from the ever-present "just find what you love and only do that" crowd. Despite his success, Austin only just took a leave from his day job (and even then, only so he could go on a book tour). Whether you're working a day job and trying to figure out how to spend more time on creative projects or a full-time artist, I think you'd be hard-pressed to not find something on Austin's blog to inspire you. Austin Kleon: Day Job


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Dana Schwartz is almost unfairly funny for her age. She just graduated college, but she's already written a number of fantastic humor pieces for The New Yorker, created wildlypopular Twitter accounts, and interned for Stephen Colbert. It seems extremely likely that she is going to be a famous person. So here! Get in on the ground floor and secure your comedy scout bragging rights now. Dana Schwartz: Possible Titles for My Memoir About Being A Hapless Twenty Something

1 Interesting Thing:

Bill Buford's Heat is a memoir about how one time he invited Mario Batali to a dinner party, Batali said yes, and the next thing Bill knew he had quit his job, was working for free in Batali's resturant, and decided to dedicate his life to mastering Italian cuisine. I'm not sure this book is such a great book, but I definitely had a great time reading it. Also, it made me very, very hungry. The thing that stuck with me the most was how strongly everyone Buford works with felt that great food is art. That's why they endured the heat and cuts and burns of working in a kitchen. Another thing that stuck with me is that Mario Batali has got to be the hardest partying man on Earth who always wears clogs. Heat by Bill Buford

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

Have a great weekend,