3 Things: Aparna Nancherla, Alison Leiby, and Lydia Polgreen / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows

Season Two of You're the Expert on WBUR starts today! Tune in at at 6 p.m. to 90.9 FM to hear our "Nuclear Power" episode featuring MIT's Dr. Leslie Dewan and panelists Eugene Mirman, Maeve Higgins, and Scott Adsit. Episodes will be airing on Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Mondays at 9 p.m. Link

Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Vermont Comedy Club. I'm on both standup shows tonight at this great new club. Link

Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m at The Stand. This is the final callbacks for Montreal Just For Laugh's New Faces Showcase. Come see me and a bunch of NYC's best standups try their hardest. Link

Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m at Carolines. The lovely and hilarious Josh Gondelman is headlining Carolines and I'm on the show too! It's my first time performing at the legendary venue and I could not be more excited. Use the code "WHISPER" for discount ticketsLink

Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m on The National Mall. NatGeo is putting on a huge outdoor event called "Bugs, Bats, and Brews" and taking over the National Mall. I'll be hosting a new show I've been working on called "Trending," all about the information and misinformation online. Jokes, videos, and interviews with amazing NG Explorers. Free! Link

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

 This week's list

 1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Aparna Nancherla is one of my all-time favorite human beings and a uniquely talented comedian. She's a master of the absurd, but can somehow also make you think about big issues while you're crying from laughter. I am always inspired when I watch her perform. Great news: Comedy Central just announced that Aparna will be taping her first half hour special this summer! In the meantime, you can read Aparna's hilarious jokes on Twitter, listen to her talk about jokes and depression on Buzzfeed's Another Round, or watch her absolutely insane and amazing webseries with Jo Firestone: Womanhood with Jo and Aparna.

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

I discovered Alison Leiby's writing recently and I've been laughing ever since. She's the co-author of Marry Smart OR DIE and many hilarious articles and jokes. Here's one of my favorites: "A cat-caller just said he wants to get 'all up in my business' which is great because my taxes are complicated and I could use the help.'" Everything Alison writes is great, but since I'm in full wedding planning mode at the moment, I particularly love this list of ideas for dress codes: Updated Party Dress Codes by Alison Leiby and Alyssa Wolff or you can see a collection of Alison's best jokes here.


1 Interesting Thing:

Lydia Polgreen is the former West Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times. She recently shared her thoughts about the future of the news business. Lydia's perspective is especially interesting since she grew up in Ghana at a time when she had little to no access to the news at all. 

"All around me, big news was unfolding. Ghana's military dictator, a man named Jerry Rawlings, had decided to shuck off his uniform and become a democrat, running for office in a genuinely free and fair election. West African economies were grappling with the miserable rigors of structural adjustment. Post-colonial rulers were losing their authoritarian grip, and a period of brutal, interlocking civil wars in the region was beginning. Seeing those events happening right before my eyes sparked my passion for the news and for journalism. But there was no chance that I would read a piece of New York Times journalism about West Africa during that period, certainly not in real time. Other than the local press, which was hampered by decades of censorship, all we had was the scratchy shortwave of the BBC." You can read more here: Why People Pay to Read The New York Times

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

Have a great weekend,