3 Things: HAIM, Eugene Mirman, and David Guttenfelder / 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. 

 Upcoming shows

Video producer/editor extraordinaire Tessa Kramer has been helping me capture some of my more eccentric ideas on tape. Thanks to her you can see inside my variety show You Get A Spoon and my Living Room Comedy Club.

On The Payoff, Antonia Cereijido and I learn about finances and what it means to be good with your money.  Link

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

TODAY! Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. I'm emceeing SUBMERGE! a festival of marine science in Hudson River Park. Lots of fun activities for families and kids. I'll be playing some audience games and interviewing scientists about venomous snails, underwater robots, and vampire squid. Free! Link

TOMORROW! Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m. at The Bell House. I'm hosting You're the Expert in Brooklyn and we have the most insane lineup: Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), Roy Wood Jr (The Daily Show), poet/author Sarah Kay, and an incredible scientist. Come to this show! Link

Tuesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. I'm doing warmup comedy for Jordan Klepper's new Comedy Central show "The Opposition." You can get free tickets to be in the audience and see the show tape. Link

Thursday, September 21 at 8 p.m. at Caveat.  Comedy, readings, artwork, audience prizes, and, of course, a spoon. It's everyone's favorite variety show, You Get A Spoon. Link

My full calendar with all upcoming shows is online here.

 This week's list

1 Thing I Think Is Great:

I know that I'm about four years behind the times here, but I just discovered the band HAIM and I love them so much. It's not just that their music is great but also that they're total goofballs. It's impossible to watch these three sisters rock out with each other and not smile. Check out their cover of Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much" for an Australian radio station. One of my biggest goals for this week is to master their dance moves from this video. I'm also working on my own version of "The Bass Face." 

1 Thing That Made Me Laugh:

Eugene Mirman is the patron saint of New York's alternative comedy scene. He's truly, deeply hilarious, he puts a lot of effort into supporting younger comedians, and he's always full of ridiculous ideas. Case in point: The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. Started to skewer of how self-important comedy festivals can be, Eugene's parody unexpectedly became a hit. Instead of after parties sponsored by brands, Eugene has a bouncy castle full of accountants who can give you tax advice. Another year he had a mime explain climate change. The 10th and final year of the festival is this weekend in NYC. 

But let's not forget that Eugene is first and foremost a standup comedian. Here are some of my favorite jokes of his: Eugene Mirman on Good News

1 Interesting Thing:

David Guttenfelder is a National Geographic photographer who's made more than 50 trips to North Korea. His photos have exposed a side of everyday life inside the country that Americans have never seen before. I obsessively follow his Instagram and I was very excited to see that NatGeo posted this video of a talk Guttenfelder gave about his work. A Rare Look Into the Lives of North Koreans

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