3 Things: Sy Montgomery, Jack Handey, and Hamsa / by Chris Duffy

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 Live shows


Wednesday, July 6 at 8 p.m. at 61 Local. I'm moderating an interesting new event for Idea Distillery. They're calling it an "UnDebate." The idea is to get two people with opposing views and rather than have them argue and try to convince each other, simply have an informative conversation where we learn about the differences in their beliefs but also where they overlap. I'm excited to see what happens. Link

Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m at The Magnet Theater. I'm telling stories that improvisers will use as the basis for a series of scenes. The show is called The Armando Diaz Experience and it's always so much fun. Link 

Sunday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m at Under St Marks. My variety show You Get A Spoon! returns from a brief hiatus. Come see writers, musicians, and comedians share their work and then give out prizes to the audience. It's a budget version of Oprah's "My Favorite Things" show. You definitely won't get a free car but you might get a salad spinner. Link

You can also find my full up-to-date show schedule online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

This week's list is Fourth of July-themed. So let's start out with a fascinating article to think about and discuss while you're at the beach. Out there, under the waves, is probably some species of octopus. An octopus is about as different from a human as possible. But scientists are increasingly learning that we may share similar levels of intelligence. Sy Montgomery shares her incredible look at the life of one octopus and also the cutting-edge science of how this alien species' understands the world. Her writing is excellent and her bio is even better. She's written a memoir about living with a pig, made a documentary about man-eating tigers, and worked with orphaned bear cubs. Deep Intellect

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

It wouldn't be a Fourth of July without fireworks. Here's Jack Handey on his favorite colorful explosions. The genius behind Deep Thoughts, Handey can make me laugh with so few words. My favorites are "The Hanged Cowboy" and "The Boom-R-Rang." My Favorite Fireworks by Jack Handey


1 Interesting Thing:

We've covered beaches and fireworks, so now let's move on to freedom, the value that we're celebrating this weekend. Hamsa is an incredible short film about a family of Syrians who have found refuge in Germany. They're such a loving, joyful family. While their story is full of tragedy, it's also full of hope and possibility. Watch this incredible woman tell her story. Freedom means more than baseball and hotdogs (although those are important parts too). Hamsa

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

Have a great weekend,