3 Things: John Oliver, Sleep Science, and Suzanne Koven / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows

Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. Every Wednesday, I co-host The Sensible Show at the Annoyance Theatre in Williamsburg with Josh Gondelman, Emma Willmann, and Evan Kaufman. We put together 60-minutes of the best standup around at a sensible hour. Last week, our surprise guest was Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock. This week, we've got Dan Soder (Comedy Central), Phoebe Robinson (Broad City), Joel Kim Booster (MTV), and a new celebrity surprise guest.  Link

Monday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m. You're the Expert is back in Brooklyn with a live taping at Union Hall. Watch three hilarious comedians try to guess what a leading scientist does all day. Link

Monday, February 29 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. We're doing two You're the Expert test tapings to try out new segments and new panelists. It's an experiment so the tickets are cheap and the pressure is low. Link

Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. I'm hosting You're the Expert at the Atlanta Science Festival. On the panel, we've got Amber Nash from Archer, Josh Sharp, and Shalewa Sharpe. If you know anyone in Atlanta, send them my way. Link

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

 This week's list

 1 Thing I Think Is Great:

I don't think I could admire John Oliver any more. Not only has he created one of the funniest shows on television, but he's also gloriously unwilling to compromise on anything. I love his description of using his show as a way of testing limits and how disgusted he seems by the idea of starring on a sitcom. This is a great read. In Conversation: John Oliver

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Dr. Gary Fireman is one of the world's top nightmare researchers. He was our guest on the newest episode of You're the Expert and it's one of my favorite shows we've ever done. Between Gary analyzing his own recurring dream about a giant turtle and discussing the effects of cheese on your sleep, there's no shortage of moments that made me laugh. I try to not put my own projects in here too often, but if you don't listen to You're the Expertregularly, this is an episode I'd definitely recommend. The Science of Nightmares


1 Interesting Thing:

Suzanne Koven has a beautifully written piece up on The New England Journal of Medicine this week. It's ostensibly about burnout among doctors, but I think it's applicable to everyone. The question is basically: how you do you balance time pressure/deadlines against the necessary work it takes to build relationships. Koven describes a moment when a doctor breaks from his regular questions and asks a woman about her work as a baker. "The moment when Weinberg takes the plunge, when he asks the woman about pastry, seems very familiar. It's a moment we have all inhabited and, all too often, pulled back from - a threshold we fear crossing. We imagine ourselves, now, in Weinberg's place, and we recognize a double bind, a new doctor's dilemma: if we ask about the pastry, we fall hopelessly behind in administrative tasks and feel more burned out. If we don't ask about the pastry, we avoid the kind of intimacy that not only helps the patient, but also nourishes us." The Doctor's New Dilemma

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

Have a great weekend,