3 Things: Bill Wurtz, Laurel Braitman, and Terry Gross / 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

Jeff Goldblum is back again as host on this week's National Geographic Explorer. Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern. Link

Antonia Cereijido and I learn how to be better with money on The Payoff, new episode out this Wednesday.  Link

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

Living Room Comedy Club: Over the next two months, I'm doing a comedy tour of NYC's living rooms. I'll be performing at birthday parties, in a "boudoir photography" studio, for an apartment full of senior citizens, and at several homes where I truly have no clue what to expect. If you want to join in the adventure, tickets are free, but the shows are selling out fast. A limited number of tickets are still available by signing up here: Link

Sunday, June 4th at 4:00 p.m. at The Rockwell. You're the Expert is taping an episode and you can be in the live audience. Link

Sunday, June 4th at 7:30 p.m. at ImprovBoston. Come join me for an hour of standup and surprises. Link

Wednesday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. at The Lost Church. I'm coming back to the Bay Area with my variety show You Get A Spoon! Comedy, music, prizes, and the world's greatest cutlery. Mark your calendars! Tickets will go live in about a week.

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.


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

Bill Wurtz is the mysterious genius behind History of Japan. His website is out of this world and everything he puts on social media is inexplicable and amazing. I don't think there's anyone whose work I enjoy more. I've been waiting for months for him to finish a new video and he just released one this week. It was worth the wait. History of the Entire World, I Guess

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

I saw Laurel Braitman at a Pop-up Magazine show and her story about a fishing town in Alaska that's completely overrun by bald eagles brought down the house. It's hilarious and fascinating and the photos and video she captured are unbelievable. "In a community of just over 4,700 permanent residents, there live an estimated 500 to 800 eagles. They stare judgily down from light posts, peer intently in people's windows, eat foxes and seagulls while perched in the trees next to the high school, and sit on rooflines like living weather vanes." She interviews one teenager who had an eagle steal his pepperoni pizza and a woman who keeps getting attacked by eagles when she goes to the post office. I won't give too much more away, I'll just say you have to click this one for the photos and videos alone.Dirty Birds

1 Interesting Thing:

NPR's Fresh Air turned 30 this week. Radio producer Mooj Zadie put together the "Terry Gross Question Generator" to show off some of Terry's best work. An example, when she was interviewing Jay-Z: "Can I ask you a question you might find weird - but since part of your goal in the book is to kind of explain your generation and explain the music to people. You know how a lot of hip-hop artists, when they're on stage, they kind of like, grab their crotch? How did that start? Like, who started that, and why is that?"

Mooj wrote that he put together the generator to celebrate Terry, but also as a reminder to never forget to be human during an interview, and that following your genuine curiosity often leads to the best surprising questions and moments. The Terry Gross Question Generator

Have a great day,