3 Things: David Rees, Old People Facebook, and Nicholas Confessore / 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

Wednesday, December 7th at 7 p.m. at The Annoyance NY. The Sensible Show brings you the best standup at a very reasonable hour. Link

Thursday, December 8th at 9 p.m. at UCB East. I'm guest hosting Fresh Out at the Upright Citizen's Brigade East. Always a fantastic lineup and a great time. Link 

Sunday, December 11th at 8 p.m. at The Rockwell. You're the Expert tapes live with panelists Ken Reid, Rachel Rosenthal, Corey Rodrigues and a surprise guest. Link 

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 Zach Sherwin, Max Silvestri, and more special guests. Link

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

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

David Rees has done a little bit of everything in his career. He's been a census worker, a cartoonist who used only clipart, the host of a cult favorite TV show, a writer, and an "artisanal pencil sharpener." One thing I've always liked about Rees is that he seems to know how crazy and fleeting success can be. He just gave a talk at the XOXO Festival where he broke down all the money he's made over the past 15 years and where it came from. It's fascinating and incredibly useful information for anyone trying to make it as an artist. David Rees - Going Deep

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Unintentional comedy is often the stuff that makes me laugh the hardest. I love a well-crafted joke, but give me a bizarre real-life misunderstanding and I'll be laughing until I cry. My friend Alex show me this truly spectacular Twitter interaction, which led to me discovering one of the greatest corners of the Internet, Old People Facebook, where users share perfect moments of social media not quite working for parents or grandparents. Here's one that made me laugh the most: Old Country Buffet (h/t Ellis and Alex)

1 Interesting Thing:

"When a wealthy businessman set out to divorce his wife, their fortune vanished. The quest to find it would reveal the depths of an offshore financial system bigger than the U.S. economy." This investigative piece by Nicholas Confessore reads like a thriller but has serious implications for our democracy. If it's this hard for a partner to follow the money, how can the government or the public keep track of corruption? It's an issue I have a feeling is only going to get more important. How to Hide $400 Million

Thanks for reading. Take care of yourselves,