3 Things: Wait But Why, Dave Hill, and Mary Roach / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows

Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.m. You Get A Spoon! is back with performances from actor/writer Dylan Marron (Every Single Word), playwright/musician Ivan Anderson, and lots of wonderful prizes for the audience. Plus, as always, your chance to take home the world's greatest mixing spoon. Link

Every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Sensible Show at Williamsburg's Annoyance Theatre features the best standup comics in NYC and surprise celebrity guests. I co-host with Josh Gondelman, Emma Willmann, and Evan Kaufman. Link

Thursday, April 21  You're the Expert is taping live at the Brattle Theater and there are very few tickets left. Link

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 

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

 This week's list

 1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Wait But Why is a website that always makes me think about things in a new way. Also, it's very funny and features a lot of stick figure drawings. This post, in particular, has stuck with me. It's a very straightforward thinking through of how much time we have left on Earth and how that affects the amount of dumplings and pizza we'll get to eat as well as how much time we'll get to spend with people we love. Read this: The Tail End by Tim Urban

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Dave Hill is a wild man. He's a legitimate rock star, a comedian, a radio host, an author, an Ohioan, and probably many more things. Once, he showed me a photo of him opening for Snoop Dogg while dressed in a flawless three-piece suit. Another time, I was a guest on his radio show and we spent two hours talking to a caller whose job it was to sell high-end Japanese toilets in the US. I've spent the last week reading Dave's absolutely hilarious book of essays, which I can't recommend highly enough. I have laughed out loud multiple times on the subway. Dave's got a new book coming out next month, which I'm very excited for. In the meantime, to build buzz for his latest literary foray, Dave has an advice column where he answers questions and pairs his advice with a song suggestion. It's wonderful.The Talkhouse: Dave Hill


1 Interesting Thing:

"Call 415-529-6057 when you're getting dressed." The instructions for Mary Roach's Phone Story are both simple and mysterious. I had no clue what to expect. But I called this morning and it was an absolute delight. As I decided what to wear, Mary's voice walked me through the decisions that military snipers have to make about their clothing and why zippers are a no go. It was short, fascinating, and unlike anything else I've experienced recently. It honestly felt like I was starting the day with an amazing anecdote from a friend who just happened to call as I was putting on my pants. Phone Stories is a new project from the people who created Pop-Up Magazine and California Sunday. They make really great stuff. Phone Stories

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

Have a great weekend,