3 Things: Elna Baker, Jackie Kashian, and Katie Holloway / 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 newest episode of The Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I try to save my friend Gary's financial life from student loans, identity thieves, and very poor planning. I think it's my favorite episode we've done so far.  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

Wednesday, July 19 at 8:30 p.m. at The Lost Church. ONLY 8 TICKETS LEFT You Get A Spoon comes to one of the most beautiful venues in the Bay Area. Jokes and stories, a reading by Joe Wadlington, and music from Lily Stern. Plus a chance to win the world's greatest spoon!  Link

Saturday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at The Kennedy Center.  Aparna Nancherla, Jo Firestone, and I are telling jokes as part of the District of Comedy Festival. This show is free and open to the public. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

No one tells a story quite like Elna Baker. She works for This American Life, wrote a memoir about her experience in NYC's Mormon dating scene that I loved called The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, and is currently developing a TV show for IFC. I'm always excited to see more from Elna. She manages to capture vulnerability and openly share her personal struggles with big issues in a way that's funny and charming and very relatable. Her op-ed in The New York Times about a 12-year-old girl in Utah coming out as gay to her Mormon congregation is Elna at her best: touching and heartfelt and revelatory.  Love is Love is Love is...Cut the Mike

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Jackie Kashian has been telling jokes for thirty years and she's amazing at it. Jackie opens for Maria Bamford at most of her tour dates, but she's a headliner in her own right too. Her performance on Conan shows off her punchlines, her ability to handle a microphone battery pack falling out of her pocket, and a great story about what marriage means to her.Jackie Kashian: Marriage Is About Being A Burden To Each Other

1 Interesting Thing:

Katie Galloway, an award-winning filmmaker, teamed up with The Marshall Project, an investigative news nonprofit focused on criminal justice to make this amazing short documentary about an Ohio eatery, where "patrons get Nashville-style hot chicken and the formerly-incarcerated get a fair shot at employment." There's a lot of depressing news stories out there so treat yourself to four inspiring minutes about redemption, the human capacity for change, and lunch. Hot Chicken, Fair Chance

Have a great weekend,