3 Things: John Baldessari, Bill Wurtz, and Bianca Giaever / 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

Monday, October 17 at 8 p.m. at The Creek and the Cave. I'm telling stories and then improvisers will turn them into scenes. It's a free show and the Creek has amazing burritos. Link

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at House of Yes. It's another edition of Sensory Speed Dating presented by Guerilla Science. Join me and a neuroscientist as we help explore the science of attraction. Last month, it was hilarious and amazing and I can't wait to do it again.  Link

Sunday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Union Hall. My monthly variety show and audience prize giveaway, You Get A Spoon, is back with stories from Elna Baker (This American Life), songs from Friends Who Folk (The New Yorker), and a chance to win the world's greatest spoon. Link

Sunday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rockwell. You're the Expert returns to Boston with a mystery scientist, panelists Maeve Higgins, Ken Reid, and Steve Macone, and lots of fun surprises. 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:

Today is an all short films edition of 3 Things.

"The epic life of a world-class artist, jammed into six minutes." This profile of John Baldessari is amazing. Baldessari is famous for promising to not make any boring art. He definitely delivers on that vow. At one point, he incinerated everything he'd ever made. To this day, he keeps the ashes in a secret metal book. Another time, he decided he was going to focus on designing art that went only on credit cards. His three tips for young artists are hilarious and amazing. Overall, you know you've done something right when Tom Waits narrates the documentary of your life. A Brief History of John Baldessari 
(h/t Nick McKinney and Meghan O'Hara)


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

I know I've recommended this once before, but this is my all-time favorite Internet video. Bill Wurtz is a true genius. How do you take Japan's entire history and turn it into a hilarious, historically accurate, music video that 17 million people have watched? I am in awe. Bill Wurtz's History of Japan

1 Interesting Thing:

Another genius filmmaker is Bianca Giaever. She's endlessly creative, she has a distinct visual style, and all of her films are overflowing with heart. I am a huge fan of everything she does. One of my favorites is a film she made where she "asked a six year old what my film should be about, and this is what he told me": The Scared is Scared

I also can't think of anyone who's captured the feeling of a broken heart better than Bianca in her film Holy Cow Lisa. Check out everything she makes!

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

Have a great weekend,