3 Things: Charlie Hankin, Emmy Blotnick, and How We Gather / 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. 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

On the new episode of The Payoff, I learn about how to save money from blind taste test parties, extreme coupons, and more.  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

Explorer airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel. This week, Ted Danson is back as host. Link

TONIGHT! Saturday, June 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at The PIT. My variety show and audience prize giveaway You Get A Spoon is at the PIT for one night only with jokes from me and Myq Kaplan, music from Dear Georgiana, a fantastic spoon, and so many prizes. Link

TOMORROW! Sunday, June 4th at 4:00 p.m. at The Rockwell. You're the Expert records a live episode with a scientist who studies the bacteria inside your nose and three comedians trying to understand her work. Link

ALSO TOMORROW! 7:30 p.m. at ImprovBoston. I do an hour of standup comedy at ImprovBoston. Link

Wednesday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. at The Lost Church. Tickets just went on sale for the Bay Area edition of You Get A Spoon! Jokes from me, a reading by Joe Wadlington, and music from Lily Stern. Of course, this is also a rare West Coast chance to glimpse the legendary spoon in person. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.


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

Charlie Hankin is a mathematician, painter, actor, cartoonist, comedian, and probably a dozen more things that I'm forgetting. He is a true Renaissance man. Of all his projects, the ones I love most are Charlie's videos as one half of the award-winning comedy duoGood Cop Great Cop and his cartoons. I love seeing his work in The New Yorker, but some of my favorite jokes are from cartoons that were rejected, which Charlie posts on his Instagram. They're so funny but also frequently beautiful and poignant too. Charlie Hankin

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Emmy Blotnick is a standup who I am sure is about to be a famous person. She's an amazing writer (she's currently working on Comedy Central's The President Show) but also a natural performer who kills every time. She's been joining me for a few of my Living Room Comedy Club shows this past week and without fail, after the show, audience members come up and ask "Who was that?" See for yourself. Here's a great clip of Emmy talking about how her mom disagrees with her politically, fake news, and why she'll never go see another comic book movie. Emmy Blotnick

1 Interesting Thing:

Two Harvard Divinity School students, Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile, set out to understand where young people today find community and fellowship if it's not inside religious institutions. The report they produced, How We Gather, is a fascinating look at how events from community dinners to exercise classes like SoulCycle are filling a gap typically reserved for religious communities. Whether intentional or unintentional, it's interesting to see how these secular institutions are being asked to provide emotional support, mentorship, and a sense of greater purpose. Whether the idea of CrossFit literally being a person's church makes you laugh or rings true, I found the whole report really thought provoking. What happens when so many young people say they're "spiritual but not religious"? What does that even mean? Casper and Angie try their best to find an answer. How We Gather  (Note: it's the PDF on the left side of the webpage) h/t Mollie

Have a great weekend,