3 Things: Gideon Irving, Matteo Lane, and Chance the Rapper / by Chris Duffy

Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. Feel free to spread the word and share these emails with friends. If you're checking this out for the first time, you can sign up to get these emails here.

 Live shows

Wednesday, August 31 at 8 p.m at Littlefield. Guerilla Science is putting on an event called Sensory Speed Dating, where you can "smell, hear, taste, touch, see, and move your way to a greater understanding of the subconscious processes that drive our behavior and desires." I'm the host and it's not just for singles. Also, your ticket includes free food! Link

Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall. My variety show / audience prize giveaway is part of this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival! We'll have music from The Westerlies, poetry from Phil Kaye, comedy from Maeve Higgins and me, and so many prizes. Guaranteed to be the most positive way to spend a night in NYC. Link

Saturday, September 17 at 4:30 p.m. at The Bell House. You're the Expert returns to the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival with Jo Firestone, Hari Kondabolu, a mystery scientist, and special celebrity guests. Link

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

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Gideon Irving is one of a kind. He's a musician who tours the world, performing almost exclusively in strangers' homes. His shows are ambitious and funny and amazing. I truly believe that if he wanted to, he could be playing to crowds of thousands. But he prefers the intimacy and magic of bringing his act to out of the way places and making lasting connections with audience members who are also his hosts. Gideon performed in our apartment last year and it was unforgettable. Now, some of Gideon's magic has been captured on tape by his frequent collaborator, Nate Sloan, who documented their trip through Scotland together for his podcast. Switched on Pop: The Gideon and Hubcap Show

(If you'd prefer to watch a video rather than listen to the podcast, here's a very fun music video that Gideon made.)


1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Continuing this week's musical theme: Matteo Lane is not just a comedian, he's also a trained opera singer. He puts his skills to good use in this hilarious standup set. Matteo is one of those standups who kills every time he performs, but he's also such a genuinely nice and friendly guy. It's a real pleasure to watch him succeed. Late Night presents Matteo Lane

1 Interesting Thing:

Chance the Rapper is one of the biggest musical acts performing today. He's also an independent artist who's turned down every major label. He's a lyrical genius, relentlessly positive, and dedicated to using his fame for good. Chance has everything going for him right now. So how did it happen? Zach Baron has a great profile in GQHow Chance the Rapper's Life Became Perfect

(P.S. Baron says that it was a questionable decision for Chance to spend months working on a cover of the music from Arthur on PBS, but I couldn't disagree more. I hope Chance does a whole album full of just children's television theme songs. Judge for yourself.)


Ok, thanks for reading this! Feel free to find more details on shows and my full schedule online at www.chrisduffycomedy.com/calendar/

Have a great weekend,