3 Things: Ocean Vuong, Matteo Lane, and Razan Ghalayini / 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 Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I try to learn about money from a team of financial experts.  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

Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m. at The Bell House.  I'm hosting You're the Expert at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival with Roy Wood Jr, a mystery scientist, and more special guests. Link

Thursday, September 21 at 8 p.m. at Caveat.  The monthly NYC residency of You Get A Spoon starts with comedy from me and Emmy Blotnick, a reading by best-selling author A.J. Jacobs, a presentation by MoMA-displayed video artist Neil Goldberg, and of course, the spoon. Link

Friday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at National Geographic.  I'm bringing You're the Expert back to NatGeo headquarters for another live taping as part of Tig Notaro's Bentzen Ball. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling Night Sky with Exit Wounds. Ocean's poetry has won all sorts of awards and I find his work to be the kind of writing that sticks in my head for days afterwards. Especially when the news or life gets overwhelming, I try to take a few minutes to read and appreciate this poem: Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong  (h/t Adina)

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Matteo Lane isn't just a hilarious standup comic. He's also a professionally trained opera singer, an actor, and fluent in Italian. Matteo puts all of his talents to excellent use in this appearance on Colbert. It will change the way you think about both Italy and pharmacists forever. Matteo Lane

1 Interesting Thing:

Razan Ghalayini is a true joy of a human being. I've had the good fortune to cross paths with her a few times and she's always smiling, asking great questions, and provoking a fascinating conversation. Her ability to put people at ease is part of what makes her such a talented documentary producer. She's able to pull relatable stories out of dense, tough material. Her short film, Entrapped, about brothers in New Jersey sentenced to life in jail in a flawed terrorism investigation is impossible to turn off. And on the lighter side, as a field producer for Samantha Bee, Razan has made topics like Kurdish independence andfemale freedom fighters funny, human, and real. Razan Ghalayini

Enjoy the weekend!