3 Things: Maria Bamford, Anthony DeVito, and Canada / 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 see the archive and sign up to get these emails here.

 Upcoming shows

There's a new episode of You're the Expert online now. If you've ever wondered about the romantic life of penguins, you're about to learn more than you ever thought was possible. Listen here:  Link

New episode of The Payoff is up now too. Antonia and I get a lesson on sticking to a budget and how to make slightly less terrible decisions around money: Link

Sunday, March 12th at 6:00 p.m. at The PIT Loft. I'm telling stories at the Katie Fisher Day show. Cookies, jokes, and lots of wonderful people. Link 

Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. You're the Expert headlines the Maine Science Festival with panelists Roy Wood, Jr., Michelle Buteau, and more.  Link

Tuesday, March 21th at 7:30 p.m. at 7 Stages. You're the Expert returns to the Atlanta Science Festival with Josh Sharp, Shalewa Sharpe, and Chuck Bryant (from Stuff You Should Know). Link

Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at National Geographic. We're taking over NatGeo's Grosvenor Auditorium for a very special live You're the Expert. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.


 This week's list
1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Maria Bamford is one of my all-time favorite comedians. For years, she's been writing and performing some of the most inventive and hilarious jokes around. This bit, where she tries to connect with the audience by leaving her personal material behind and trying to do some "more relatable" jokes, is amazing. Maria Bamford: What People Want (h/t Josh Gondelman)

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Anthony DeVito made his network television debut last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Whenever I have the good fortune to be on a show with Anthony, I love watching audience members experience him for the first time. He's also an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent guy, as you may know if you heard his story on This American Life about watching his 90-year-old grandmother fall in love. He talks about her in his standup set too. He's just great. Anthony DeVito

1 Interesting Thing:

"Roxham Road is a quiet contry road jutting off another quiet country road, where a couple of horses munch on soggy hay and a ditch running along the muddy pavement flows with melted snow. It cuts through a thicket of dormant trees, passing a half-dozen trailer homes and after almost a mile runs into a line of boulders and a rusted railing with a sign: Road Closed." The stories of people fleeing the US for Canada are tragic and eye-opening. We hear a lot about people trying to get in, but far less about people trying to get out. Since Trump, Quiet Upstate Road Becomes a Busy Exit from U.S.  and The Underground Railroad for Refugees

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend,