3 Things: Tessa Kramer, Josh Gondelman, and Daphne de Marneffe / 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

On this week's episode of You're the Expert, Michael Showalter, Roy Wood, Jr. and Sarah Kay talk to Rutgers prof Sara Ruane about her discovery of the ghost snake and why you never want to ride in a car with a snake scientist. Link

TODAY Saturday, January 27 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. My variety show and low budget Oprah prize giveaway is back with comedy from me and Myq Kaplan, a reading by Sandra Allen, and music from Maggie Katz. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

Today's three things are all about love. Tessa Kramer made this fantastic short film about a high school physics teacher in Michigan who decided he wanted to have a field of bison in his backyard. Tessa shows him trudging through feet of snow to feed the bison and describing how he's spent all of his money on this esoteric quest. But most of all, you see how happy he is to be doing this very weird thing that he loves. It's wonderful. The Most Sincere Bison Field

Josh Gondelman is an Emmy Award-winning writer for Last Week Tonight, an author, an all-around great guy, and an excellent stand up comedian. He told some jokes on Seth Meyers this week and it's so refreshing to see his positive perspective on love and marriage. I also guarantee he has the best joke you've ever heard about Margaret Atwood.Josh Gondelman

Speaking of marriage, couples counselor Daphne de Marneffe had a column in The New York Times that captured so much of what I think we forget to celebrate about long term relationships. (Also, has there ever been a more perfect name for a NYT couples counselor than "Daphne de Marneffe"?) She writes about how we only celebrate or focus on dealing with positive emotions with our partners, but the skills that really matter are how we deal with the tough times. 

"In our conflict-averse culture, we don't necessarily think of these skills as part of romance. But I've seen how the best marriages involve people who can deal with strong negative emotions — and who are cleareyed about how hard it can be... we come together in a rush of passion, then we achieve love through continuing conversation." The whole essay is definitely worth reading. The Secret to a Happy Marriage Is Knowing How to Fight

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