3 Things: Will Ferrell, Family Feud, and Jo Marchant / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows

Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. It's the first ever Sensible Show, a new weekly standup show that I'm co-hosting at the Annoyance Theatre in Williamsburg with Josh Gondelman, Emma Willmann, and Evan Kaufman. Each week, we'll put on a show at a sensible hour with the best standups around and some very special guests. This week, we've got Jo Firestone, Myq Kaplan, Aparna Nancherla, and a surprise guest who you'll recognize from30 Rock. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Link

Friday, February 19 at 7 p.m. Evan Barden and I host another edition of An Hour Abroad.Each month, we give you the full experience of having studied abroad (language skills, delicious foods, and insider knowledge) in only 60 minutes. This month, we take the audience to Romania, with help from celebrity Romanian Jo Firestone and actual Romanian Oana Paun. Link

Monday, February 29 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. You're the Expert just announced a bunch of new live tapings in Massachusetts. We're going to do some smaller test tapings to try out new segments and new panelists so these tickets are only $9. It's kind of an experiment but also definitely fun. Link

Saturday, April 30th at 1:45 p.m. I'm going to be giving the Keynote Address at the 2016 Spring Conference for the California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. This is definitely a ways away, but if you happen to be an environmental or outdoor educator (or just interested in that), registration for the conference is open now. Link

You can also see my full schedule up on the website now.

 This week's list

 1 Thing I Think Is Great:

One of my favorite things about Will Ferrell is how willing he is to commit to a joke. It's a pleasure to watch someone have so much fun. Ferrell came on Stephen Colbert's show to offer up his expertise as an animal expert. The two of them improvise names for the animals and Ferrell keeps raising the stakes, until finally both of them break and start laughing. I thought Colbert's whole post-Super Bowl live show was great, but this was the highlight. Will Ferrell, Exotic Animal Expert

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Family Feud is not a show that I watch regularly. But that might change after this week's episode featured one of the funniest clips I've ever seen on TV, when a family could not figure out other ways people might say "Mother." Steve Harvey has a complete and glorious meltdown and the game show literally came to a halt as the directors backstage tried to figure out how to deal with the insanity. The producers thankfully released the full unedited version and you have to watch it all the way through. I love it. Family Feud - Oh, mother...


1 Interesting Thing:

Jo Marchant has a fascinating article in Mosaic this week about a pioneering investigation into whether our brains can train our bodies into believing they've had medicine. It's far beyond the well-documented placebo effect that everyone knows about, and it has massive potential to "reduce side effects and slash drug costs." The very fact that scientists have documented a direct connection between the brain and the immune system is revolutionary and Marchant makes a persuasive case that Nobel Prizes have been awarded for less. But the scientists whose work she focuses on are toiling in obscurity. It's a really remarkable story, both about the future and the politics of medicine. You can train your body into thinking it's had medicine

Ok, thanks for reading! More details on shows and my full schedule online at www.chrisduffycomedy.com/calendar/

Have a great weekend,