3 Things: Henry Orenstein, Ouija, and Silent Film Effects / 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.

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Friday, January 26th to Sunday, January 28th at Only You Hotel Atocha. I'm headlining a weekend of standup shows at a new NYC-themed hotel sponsored by Seagram's. If you're in Spain or just looking for a way to theme a vacation around my comedy, gin, and eating tapas, this is your chance. Link

Sunday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. at The Wild Project. You Get A Spoon is back in NYC with another night of incredible performances, audience prizes, and one spectacular spoon. Come see the show that The Comedy Bureau called "one of the 100 best things in comedy." Link

Friday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Wabash College. You're the Expert is taping live in the Hoosier State and we've got a genius scientist (and former hippie), Shalewa Sharpe, and Matt and Charlie from Comedy Central's New Timers. The show is free, you just have to get to Crawfordsville. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Henry Orenstein is a legendary toymaker. He's the man responsible for making dolls affordable, figuring out how to make them blink using magnets, and bringing the Transformers to America. He's directly responsible for millions of children's favorite toys and for billions in sales. But he's also the guy who pitched poker to ESPN and brought it from smoky casino backrooms to an American obsession. Before his success and wealth, he escaped the Nazis and arrived in the U.S. penniless and orphaned. Meet Henry Orenstein, The Man Who Changed How The World Plays

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

The Internet brings out the best and worst of humanity. There are the trolls and racists and Twitter monsters. But there are also the people who write nice reviews on Yelp and take time to answer strangers' questions. Somewhere in the middle in the comedic mastermind who takes terribly written Yahoo Answers posts and reads them out loud for the rest of us. I knew that "ouija board" was pretty tough to spell and the concept behind it was confusing, but I had no idea how horribly and gloriously wrong it could go. I love this video so much.Curse of the Weggy Board (h/t Aparna Nancherla)

1 Interesting Thing:

Before movie studios spent millions of dollars on computer-generated graphics and special effects, filmmakers had to invent ways to do it themselves. Their creativity and engineering led to some of the most iconic movie moments. And what's incredible is that even with all the technological advances, some of the tricks they used then look as good or better than what's in movies today. Watching gifs of silent film effects is a rabbit hole that you could easily go down for hours, but here are some of the best. How Some Cool Silent Film Effects Were Done (h/t Sam Gilroy)

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!