3 Things: Josie Long, Jake Nodar, and Alexandra Schwartz / 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.

 Upcoming shows

There's a new National Geographic Explorer on Monday at 10 p.m. ET. This episode is about race and justice in America and features Michael Moore and Baratunde Thurston. Link

If you missed my bit from last week's episode, here's the video.

Saturday, November 26 at The Wild Project.  I'm teaming up with so many of the best performers I know for the "One-Day Festival To Improve The World A Little Bit." A day of great performances for great causes.
-4 p.m. Readings for Refugees featuring poetry by Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, and Mark Doss and readings by author Maeve Higgins, historian Alexis Coe, and more. All proceeds go to the International Refugee Assistance Project.
-7 p.m. Laughing for Liberty featuring jokes from Emmy Blotnick, Myq Kaplan, Matt Porter, and many surprise guests. All proceeds go to the ACLU.
-9 p.m. Concert for Civil Rights featuring the music of Riley Mulherkar and friends.  All proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

For all the shows, I'm personally matching all ticket sales, so your donations count double.

Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m at The Rockwell.  You're the Expert is taping live with a special surprise scientist and a panel of great comedians. Tickets just went on sale. Link

Tuesday, December 20 at 9 p.m at the Nerdist Showroom. I'm back in LA and bringing my variety show You Get A Spoon. Comedians, musicians, and writers give away their favorite things to the audience and then perform a set. One lucky person takes home the world's greatest mixing spoon. Mark your calendars, tickets go on sale soon.

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

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Josie Long's comedy is full of infectious joy. She's charming and British and just obviously a delightful human being. Josie's new solo show "Something Better," makes its US debut tonight in New York. She describes it as "a show about optimism and hopefulness and about looking for people and things to look up to. It's about wanting more from life than it might be up for giving out." To me, Josie is the perfect comic for this moment in America. Her take on how she loves liberal politician Jeremy Corbyn and what it's like to be in London after Brexit is so funny and spot on. Josie Long on Comedy Central

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

If you're looking for a break from politics for a moment, wow, do I have something for you. My friend Aparna sent me a mysterious email that just said "you are welcome" with a link to this video. I clicked. You should too. It's 38 seconds of pure hilarity. I have no idea how to describe it. Pony and I dancing to Sia

P.S. After doing some research, I've learned that the bio for Jake Nodar on his website is: "Naturalist, adventurer, actor, activist, environmentalist, and horse-trainer are just some of the words to describe 'Naked and Afraid XL' star Jake Nodar." That insane collection of words just adds more mystery for me.

1 Interesting Thing:

I've recommended Alexandra Schwartz's writing before and she continues to be one of the voices that I trust most to make sense of the world. She's got a beautiful new piece in The New Yorker reflecting on the "false trade-off" of security for freedom and what it means to be courageous in the world today. Paris, One Year Later

Thanks for reading. Take care of yourself this weekend.