3 Things: Megan Tan, Punderdome, and Tim Lomas / by Chris Duffy

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Thanks so much to everyone who sold-out Thursday night's show! I didn't know what to expect from my first time in South Carolina, and you blew my expectations away. If you couldn't get in on Thursday, I'm hosting Charleston STEM Fest today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Brittlebank Park. It's free and open to the public. It's also the only show I've ever done that features mascots line dancing, chemical explosions, and several live hawks.  Link

Tuesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. Which is better: children or pets? I'll be taking the side of humanity in this epic showdown featuring me, Maeve Higgins, Jo Firestone, Baratunde Thurston, and a few surprise guests. 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. Link

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

Ok, on to this week's list. 


1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Megan Tan is best known for her autobiographical podcast called "Millennial." But she's building herself a little podcasting empire up there in Maine and all of her work is great. As I was digging into her projects, I came across this new show that Megan's helping produce. It's called Outside/In and it's hosted by Sam Evans-Brown. Megan and Sam put together one of my favorite episodes of radio that I've heard in a long time. It's the story of a heated legal battle over whether or not people should be able to drink champagne on top of Mt. Katahdin after they finish the Appalachian Trail. On one side: history, park rangers, and an eccentric millionaire canning magnate. On the other: an extreme athlete named Scott Jurek and a bottle of bubbly. The episode is only 18 minutes long, but I've been thinking about it all week. Champagne on the Rocks


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

It'll be no surprise to readers of this email that Jo Firestone makes me laugh. I have recommended her work over and over. Now you finally have a chance to own a piece of Jo's highest profile show: Punderdome 3000. It's a live pun championship that Jo hosts with her dad, Fred, who happens to be a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator. Punderdome brings together a delightfully weird group of humans  to shout out their favorite puns and celebrate the worst groaners around. Jo and Fred have turned Punderdome into a card game so you can play at home with your own friends and your own Rodney Dangerfield-impersonator father. My favorite line from this article is Jo's response to whether the game is intended to be carried around with you: "It's a little big for a purse, but if you had it in your purse, I'd respect you. It's the size of two oranges." Punderdome is now a home card game


1 Interesting Thing:

Tim Lomas is a scientist at the University of East London. As he studied positive psychology, he discovered that an obstacle to his research was how limited our English vocabulary is for describing positive emotions. So Lomas started compiling terms for positive emotional states in other languages that can't be translated directly into English. The result is a surprisingly beautiful list of joys from around the world like "the desire to eat simply for the taste" in Spanish or "the irresistible urge to pinch someone because you love them so much" in Tagalog. You can see them all online and even suggest your own additions: The Positive Lexicography Project (h/t Ingrid Fetell)


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

Have a great weekend,