3 Things: Ali Wong, Unfortunate Logos, and Cobalt / 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

Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. at The Magnet Theater. I'm the featured storyteller at The Armando Diaz experience. It's always hilarious. Link

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

Sunday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rockwell. You're the Expert returns to Boston with Maeve Higgins, Ken Reid, a mystery scientist and a special guest. 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:

Ali Wong has been telling jokes for a long time, but she shot to stardom recently after she recorded a comedy special, Baby Cobra, while nine months pregnant. If you think telling filthy jokes to a roomful of drunk strangers is hard, try doing it the day before you give birth. 

There aren't many great magazine profiles of standup comics. It's tough to convey the process and how comics shape their material. But Ariel Levy is an outstanding writer and she really captures what makes Ali special. Ali Wong's Radical Rauch


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Going from the intentionally filthy to the unintentionally so... 

You're a corporate CEO and you're rebranding. You need a new logo. Everything is going great until you hold a big press conference and the Internet goes wild. Turns out your new logo looks a lot like a weiner.

Fear no more. Josh Mishell created a design agency dedicated to identifying logos that look like private parts. It's truly hilarious and genius and it's called GenitalsOrNot.com. I dare you to scroll through their logo Hall of Fame without laughing.

1 Interesting Thing:

If you're reading this on a smartphone, you're holding about 5-10 grams of cobalt. If you're on a laptop, you've got about an ounce. Lithium-ion batteries, and our modern devices, wouldn't exist without cobalt, but if you're like me, you know pretty much nothing about it or where it comes from.

The Washington Post's Todd Frankel spent months researching cobalt and the story he found is breathtaking. This is investigative journalism of the highest caliber and it's paired with unforgettable videos and photos. You have to read this story. The Cobalt Pipeline
(h/t Sandra Allen)

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,