3 Things: Jason Polan, Karen Chee, and Frances Jalet / by Chris Duffy

Happy 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

The current episode of You're the Expert features NY Department of Sanitation's anthropologist-in-residence Dr. Robin Nagle. Robin talks trash with panelists Maeve Higgins, Dylan Marron, and Gary Richardson. Link

Today, Saturday October 13th. I'm giving a talk about comedy and live interviewing at the National Association for Science Writers. Let me know if you're going to be at the conference!

Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. I'm doing a live taping of You're the Expert with panelists Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, Bowen Yang, and Dr. Jennifer Lopez. Link

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UCB East Village. I'm telling a story on David Martin's always excellent Nights of Our Lives comedy show. Link

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. It's the final You're the Expert taping of 2018. If you've been meaning to come see a live show, don't miss this one because it's your last chance! Featuring Hari Kondabolu and more. Link

As always, you can find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This Week’s List

Jason Polan's Taco Bell Drawing Club is the kind of joyful, unpretentious approach to creativity that I wish we had more of. Polan is an accomplished illustrator and artist, but his club is open to anyone and has charters across the country. All you need to do is get some folks together to sketch and eat tacos. Here's a great write-up about the club in The New Yorker Polan' has an ongoing project where he tries to sketch every single person in New York, one-by-one. Like the TBDC, it's a great example of how the core of being an artist isn't creating perfect work, but rather making sure that you create work regularly and stick with the process. Every Person in New York

Karen Chee is one of my new favorite comedians. She is infectiously positive and warm, incredibly funny, and an amazing writer. Here are two of her masterpieces: Help! I Just Clicked Gmail's Automated Responses and Now I Am On a Deserted Island in Fiji for Having Accrued Too Much Debt  and then also What I've Learned as the Daughter of a Father

"In 1967, a 56-year-old lawyer met a young inmate with a brilliant mind and horrifying stories about life inside. Their complicated alliance—and even more complicated romance—would shed light on a nationwide scandal, disrupt a system of abuse and virtual slavery across the state, and change incarceration in Texas forever." The story of Frances Jalet and Fred Cruz in Texas Monthly is one of the most astonishing and well-written pieces I've read in years. The Love Story that Upended the Texas Prison System

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Enjoy the weekend!