3 Things: Mr. Rogers, Joe Pera, and Lizzie Presser / 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

Tuesday, December 20th at 9 p.m. at The Nerdist Showroom. For one night only, I'm bringing my variety show / prize giveaway You Get A Spoon to LA. Featuring music from Johanna Samuels, comedy from Zach Sherwin, Max Silvestri, stories from April Wolfe, and so many prizes. Link

Friday, January 26th to Sunday, January 28th at Only You Hotel Atocha. I'm headlining a weekend of standup shows for a NYC-themed festival in Madrid sponsored by Seagram's. If you're in Spain or just looking for a way to theme a vacation around my comedy, gin, and eating tapas, this is your chance. Link

I'm confirming 2017 dates now. They will be up on the website soon.

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

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

For a dose of kindness and humanity, watch Mr. Rogers testify about the importance of children's television and convince a room of skeptical politicians to fund public broadcasting. It's a remarkable piece of footage from one of the most influential educators and entertainers of all time. May 1, 1969: Fred Rogers testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications. (h/t Kumail Nanjiani)

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Joe Pera is like no other comedian today. He's a complete original and he's making some hilarious and wonderful comedy specials for Adult Swim. First, they aired his animated "Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep" in the middle of the night. This week, they released his holiday masterpiece, a special where he helps you select the perfect tree for your home. It's almost impossible to describe Joe, but I guess I'd say he's an equal mix of kindly old grandfather, muscular young man, and subversive alternative comic. Two things are for sure: he's always got a great sweater and he's always making me laugh in very unexpected ways.Joe Pera Helps You Find The Perfect Christmas Tree   

If you want a shorter taste of his comedy, here's Joe on Seth Meyers.

1 Interesting Thing:

Lizzie Presser is one of the smartest writers and most insightful journalists out there. She made a name for herself reporting from Northern Thailand and she's worked with Nicholas Kristof and The New York Times. Her latest piece for Harper's is about Rodrigo Duterte's presidency in the Phillipines and his enduring popularity even as he encourages extrajudicial killings. It's a fascinating postcard from inside the war on drugs. One of Us by Lizzie Presser

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend,