3 Things: Jessi Klein, the IgNobel Prizes, and Maris Kreizman / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can sign up to get these emails here.

 Live shows

Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. at The Annoyance Theater. I'm hosting The Sensible Show and we've got standup from Emily Heller, Marcia Belsky, Daniel Simonsen, and Chelsea Hood. Link

Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at Carolines. I'm on Comedy Central's Comics to Watch showcase. Come watch me!  Link

Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at The Museum of Science.  A special You're the Expert taping and party. Link

You can also find my full up-to-date show schedule online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Jessi Klein is the Emmy-award winning head writer of Inside Amy Schumer. She's one of the best standups and comedic minds around. I just finished her new book You'll Grow Out of It, which is heartfelt and funny all in the same breath. I would not have expected to laugh out loud at essays about Bar Method workouts and epidurals, but I guess this is my life now. I'm still hoping to never personal experience either.  You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein (h/t Mollie)

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

The IgNobel Prizes are a work of genius. Scientists from across the globe are flown in to an awards ceremony where they are recognized for how truly bizarre their research interests are. It's a celebration of "research that makes people laugh and then think."

This year's winners include an Egyptian scientist who studied "the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats," a team of economists who assessed "the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective," and two Japanese doctors who studied "whether things look different when you bend over and view them between your legs."

You can see all the winners from this year (and the past) on the IgNobel website:Improbable Research

1 Interesting Thing:

"Life is made up of so many compromises, and there are so many happinesses we must forsake because of health, money, timing or bad luck. Don't we owe it to ourselves to find comfort where we can?"

Maris Kreizman' essay about Splenda for The New York Times is just great. As a diabetic, Maris' diet is limited in many ways, but the little pink packets she carries around in her purse allow her some sweetness. I love when you read a piece and then see the world differently. Thanks to Maris, Splenda just became a little bit more magical. The Sweet Relief of Splenda in My Purse

Ok, thanks for reading this! Feel free to find more details on shows and my full schedule online at www.chrisduffycomedy.com/calendar/

Have a great weekend,