3 Things: WHCD, Bess Kalb, and Serena Solomon / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows

Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Square Theatre. You're the Expert is live in Boston with Eugene Mirman, Ken Reid, and Obehi Janice. Link

Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m at The Stand. This is the final callbacks for the Montreal Just For Laugh's New Faces Showcase. It's going to be a great show. Link

Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m on The National Mall. I've been working with NatGeo on developing a new show called "Trending" all about the information and misinformation that flies around the Internet. We're doing the show live and it'll have music, interviews with NG Explorers, and lots of jokes. Plus, it's 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:

If you haven't seen Barack Obama's speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner yet, you are missing out. It's really, really funny. Even if you're not a fan of him as a president, you pretty much can't deny that he's great at telling jokes. His half-hour is funnier than many professional stand-ups I've seen. My favorite part is when he tells Bernie why it hurts that he's been distancing himself from him. President Obama Speaks at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Bess Kalb is a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live and a true master of comedy. She's come up with many of Kimmel's most popular and funniest sketches. The things she cranks out in her spare time are equally hilarious. Up until this week, I would have said that my favorite piece by Bess was the amazing "Cold Opens for Critically Acclaimed Television Shows"  but The New Yorker published a new piece from her that might be even better. At the very least, it hits home for anyone with a Jewish mother from New York. Obituaries My Mother Wrote for Me While I Was Living in San Francisco in My Twenties


1 Interesting Thing:

When Serena Solomon first got to the United States, she was shocked by Pillsbury dough. As an Australian, she'd never seen "bread in a can." She looks back at that memory and interviews a bunch of other immigrants to the US about what most surprised them when they got here. Immigrants Explain What Shocked Them About American Culture (h/t Maeve Higgins)

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Have a great weekend,