3 Things: Mary Oliver, Simon Rich, and Do Not Track / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows

Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. I'm hosting two live You're the Expert tapings at the Philadelphia Science Festival with Aparna Nancherla, Hari Kondabolu, and Maeve Higgins! Link 

Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.  Standup comedy at the Annoyance Theatre hosted by me, Josh Gondelman, Emma Willmann, and Evan Kaufman. Cheap tickets. Great comics. Early start time. It's the Sensible Show. Link

Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m at The Stand. This is the Montreal Just For Laugh's New Faces Showcase. Tickets aren't on sale for this show yet, but I just found out I have a final callback for this festival and I'd love for any/everyone to come. It'll be NYC's best young comedians all doing their best material. Tickets on sale soon.

Saturday, April 30 all-day.  Online registration for the California AEOE conference is now closed, but I believe there are still spots available if you want to participate day of. I'm giving the keynote address. Link

You can always find my most up-to-date show schedule online here.

 This week's list

 1 Thing I Think Is Great:

I recommend Mary Oliver's work over and over again. I'm a huge fan of her poetry. She's able to capture such vivid emotions in so few words. This week, I've been particularly enjoying her poem Sometimes. Here's my favorite section:


Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it."

You can read the whole poem here: Sometimes by Mary Oliver

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Simon Rich is one of the all-time great comedy minds. He's written for Saturday Night Liveand Pixar, he's the author of five books, and he's got his own show on FXX, Man Seeking Woman. Maybe my favorite comedy piece of all-time is this one, which ran in The New Yorker in 2007. Every time I sit down at a big family gathering, I think about it. It's hilarious and perfect. If you haven't read this before, do yourself a favor and read this now. If you have read it before, trust me, it's just as funny to re-read. A Conversation at the Grownup Table, as Imagined at the Kids' Table


1 Interesting Thing:

Do Not Track just won a Peabody award for "providing a wealth of provocative information." It's hard to explain exactly what Do Not Track is, but that's part of what makes it so compelling. It's a "personalized" documentary web series that examines data and information we give up about ourselves every time we go online. But what makes it so unique and hard to explain is that it's truly personalized. The documentary uses your actual data, based on a few facts you input, to tell you what's specifically happening with your data. It's fascinating and terrifying and amazingly well-done. Do Not Track

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

Have a great weekend,