3 Things: Kumail Nanjiani, Sue Perkins, and Megha Rajagopalan / by Chris Duffy


Hi friends,

It's Saturday! Every week, I send out an email with my upcoming shows, one thing I think is great, one thing that made me laugh, and one thing I found interesting. 

Upcoming Shows

Three comedians try to guess what a leading scientist does all day and then find out why her research is important and exciting on You're the Expert.  Link

On The Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I try to learn about money from a team of financial experts.  Link

TONIGHT! Saturday, October 21 at 9 p.m. There are only 4 tickets left for tonight's Living Room Comedy Club in Manhattan (FiDi). Come see me and some friends experiment with new material in a stranger's living room. Link

Wednesday, October 25 at 8 p.m. at UCB Chelsea. I'll be back at the fantastic Nights of Our Lives show with David Martin, Adam Wade, and Ophira Eisenberg. Link

Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert is back live with Aparna Nancherla, Ashley Brooke Roberts, Daily Show head writer Zhubin Parang, and a mystery scientist from the Museum of Natural History. Link

Friday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at NatGeo. I'm back in DC hosting You're the Expert with Baratunde Thurston, Aparna Nancherla, Maeve Higgins, and a surprise NatGeo Explorer. Link

This week's list

Kumail Nanjiani hosted SNL last week and his monologue was fantastic. I loved his movieThe Big Sick and I've been a huge fan of his standup for a few years now. Kumail manages to get laughs from tiny details while sharing very personal memories. I think his standup special, Beta Male, is one of the best I've ever seen. Here's a taste of how he transforms a topic that could be tired and overdone into something completely new. Call of Duty

Whenever I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the world, I put on an episode of The Great British Bake Off. Watching delightful Brits make scones and compliment each other on "excellent bakes" is endlessly soothing. And I love Sue and Mel, the co-hosts.

I recently went down an Internet rabbit hole of Sue's videos and it turns out she does much more than make pastry puns, she's also a hilarious (and filthy) comedian. Here's Sue on GBBO stealing some chocolate mousse and then here she is on a talk show telling a story about scarring some children on the E.T. ride at a theme park. 

"Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. 'It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.'" Megha Rajagopalan did some astonishing investigative reporting in this piece about China's treatment of the Uighur people. What she discovered is far larger than a regional dispute. It's what could happen when technology goes too far. In fact, it's what's already happening. This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

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