3 Things: Keegan-Michael Key, Drunk Ewoks, and Donovan Livingston / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows

Today on WBUR, we're talking octopuses with Dr. Jean Alupay on You're the Expert.Featuring panelists Josh Sharp, Scott Adsit, and Emily Maya Mills, this is one of my favorite episodes. It airs tonight at 6 p.m. and then again on Monday at 9 p.m. Link

Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at The Davis Square Theatre. Two live tapings of YTE featuring Saturday Night Live's Sasheer Zamata, Obehi Janice, and two incredible experts. Link

Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m at The Annoyance Theatre. This week on The Sensible Show, Josh Gondelman hosts and I'll tell jokes with Julio Torres, Josh Rabinowitz, and Selena Coppock.  Link

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

 This week's list

 1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Keegan-Michael Key has already cemented his place as one of the all-time comedic greats. But he's also uncommonly gifted at talking about his process. This clip is the best explanation I've ever heard for why a piece of comedy works. Key's philosophy on jokes is obviously useful for comics, but honestly he's got some pretty great rules for making any art, funny or not. Keegan-Michael Key Has the Perfect Metaphor for Improv (h/t Ben Scurria)

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Combine Al Roker, tacky Halloween decorations, and a couple of drunk ewoks, and you've got yourself a perfect piece of comedy. I saw this for the first time this week and I cried tears of laughter. It's a slow build but the ewoks start getting wilder and wilder. By the time they are drinking martinis and humping Al's leg, I was dying. God bless the producer who decided not to ever cut away from this trainwreck. Drunk Ewoks on the Today Show 


1 Interesting Thing:

I'm a sucker for commencement speeches. I love the format. A speech that combines earnest advice with judicial gowns and a communal hat toss? Sign me up! I know there are graduation skeptics out there, but everyone has to agree that Donovan Livingston's remarks at the Harvard Ed School were spectacular. This is a speech that made me want to give a standing ovation alone to my computer. (I didn't though because I love sitting down even more than I love commencement speeches.) Lift Off by Donovan Livingston

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Have a great weekend,