3 Things: Robots, Bess Kalb, and Stephon Marbury / 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.

 Upcoming shows

Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. at QED Astoria. I'm a guest on Evan Barden's live music and talk show, Repeater. We'll discuss Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and then a band, Dear Georgiana, will play it live. Link

Wednesday, January 11h at 7 p.m. at The Annoyance. I'm hosting The Sensible Show again. Great standup comedy at a very reasonable hour. Link

Friday, January 13th at 8 p.m. at The Brooklyn Arts Exchange. I'm a guest judge for Dancify That, a game show where dancers create performances inspired by viral videos on the Internet. Pretty standard Friday. Link

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

Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. at Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center. You're the Expert is coming to the Maine Science Festival and we've got an incredible lineup of guests. It looks like this show is going to sell out pretty far in advance, so if you want to come, get your tickets now. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

A 24/7 livestream of two robots talking to each other on a social network designed to let you watch strangers play video games. Welcome to 2017. Some mad genius programmed these two Google Homes with a chatbot script and then set them loose. It's occasionally hilarious (at one point while I was watching, one of the robots said her favorite thing to read was "digestible nonfiction.") and sometimes even soothing (when they get into a loop of complimenting each other). Anyway, join the 19,000 other people watching these robots talk this morning. Robot Talk

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Bess Kalb is truly hilarious. She's a writer for Jimmy Kimmel and the woman behind so many of the great bits on his show. Her newest role is curating The New Yorker's 30 Most Disappointing Under 30 list. My personal favorite is "Victor Chen, twenty-eight. Chen used an app to hire a person to pick up and deliver a Chipotle burrito to him every night for twenty-two consecutive nights." Read the whole list here.

1 Interesting Thing:

"There is a statue of him holding up the 2012 Chinese Basketball Association trophy above his head outside the home arena. He is in another statue celebrating the first title along with two of his teammates outside of the practice arena. There is a Marbury museum about five kilometers from Tiananmen Square showcasing his entire basketball career, filled with old trophies, jerseys and other hoop artifacts as well as a gift shop. There was a Broadway-type musical centering on his life that he actually acted and danced in for 11 nights. He is acting as the lead in My Other Home, a Chinese film based on his life that's expected to debut in 2017 with cameos from Allen Iverson and Baron Davis. He also has a Chinese postage stamp." I pretty much know nothing about basketball and I'm normally not a fan of sports profiles, but the way Stephon Marbury flamed out of the NBA and then rebuilt himself as a huge star in China is an incredible story. Stephon Marbury: Remade in China

Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!