3 Things: Andy Oxley, Abbey Fenbert, and Loren McIntyre / 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

A new season of You're the Expert starts today! We're back from our hiatus with a new episode featuring Roy Wood, Jr, Jo Firestone, Daily Show head writer Zhubin Parang, and neuroscientist Dr. Anne Churchland. Listen here

Today, I'm featured on CBC Radio's Podcast Playlist. It airs across Canada at 2 p.m. and then again on Tuesday. Here's a link.


Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at The Museum of Science.  A special You're the Expert taping and afterparty with drinks, dessert, and standup at Boston's best museum. Link

FREE Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at The George Street Playhouse.  A special Rutgers edition of You're the Expert. This show is free and open to the public, you just have to register online to reserve your spot. Link

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. at House of Yes. I'm hosting the final Sensory Speed Dating of the year for Guerrilla Science. A series of dates, one for each sense, help you find love (or at least a very memorable night to talk about on Friday).  Link

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

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Andy Oxley takes us on a "tour of the extraordinarily ordinary" in his fantastic short film about the Dull Men's Club. A group of older men who reject modern society's pace and flashy demands, they focus on hobbies like milk bottle collecting or photographing mailboxes. I emailed with one of the founders of the Dull Men's Club and he was as sweet as can be (although he scolded me for using an exclamation point, which "dull men frown on."). This short film screened at SXSW and it's just fantastic. Born to Be Mild

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

One of my favorite humor pieces of all-time is Abbey Fenbert's imagining of how the children's television show Wishbone was pitched to TV execs. No matter how many times I read this, it always makes me cry from laughing. It's so good. Honestly, how did this show get made? The Pitch Meeting for Wishbone

1 Interesting Thing:

Loren McIntyre was an award-winning photojournalist for National Geographic. McIntyre was famously the first person to discover the source of the Amazon river. But that's just a tiny part of his story, because McIntyre, a scientist and a skeptic, got lost in the jungle after making first contact with the Mayoruna tribe. Unable to speak their language and cut off from the modern world, McIntyre "became fascinated by the Mayoruna headman, who seemed to communicate with the American through what McIntyre called 'beaming' or mental telepathy."

The story of McIntyre's hunt for the Amazon's source and his belief that he was telepathically guided there is chronicled in a book, Amazon Beaming, and an amazing play on Broadway right now. "The Encounter" is a high-tech head trip through an Amazon Labyrinth

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,