3 Things: Bo Burnham, Eliza Cossio, and Madelyn Linsenmeir / 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

This week's episode of You're the Expert features Jess Phoenix, an expert on volcanoes. She talks lava, magma, and her run for Congress with Aparna Nancherla, Max Silvestri, and Caitlin Durante. Link

TODAY! Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. Come see You're the Expert live with panelists Jo Firestone, Josh Sharp, and Bowen Yang. 40% off last minute tickets with code "YTE40" Link

Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at UCB East Village. I'm telling a story on David Martin's long-running Nights of Our Lives show. It's always a fun night.  Link

Friday, November 2nd at 10:00 p.m. at Union Hall. I'm telling a story/jokes as part of the Re:Imagine festival on Die Laughing! It's a comedy show that explores mortality, grief, and loss. Read more about it here and get tickets here:  Link

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Caveat. It's the final You're the Expert live taping of the year! If you've been meaning to come see one, this is your final shot.  Link

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

This week’s list

I've been a fan of Bo Burnham for several years now. I find him to be one of the most inventive and insightful comedians working today. Sometimes he'll do something that appears to be a very silly physical gag about dropping a water bottle, but it turns out to be a meditation on the artificiality of performance. Other times, he writes a parody country song that's about hypocrisy. Or sometimes he just writes from the perspective of God. Recently, he's stepped back from performing to direct and write. I finally saw his feature film debut, Eighth Grade, and I loved it. If you haven't seen it yet, it's out on iTunes and lots of other places. It's a beautiful movie. Here's a feature about the film and Bo's process: Bo Burnham's Age of Anxiety

Eliza Cossio was the senior Latina correspondent on The Daily Show, she hosts the excellent live show Pulitzer Surprises, and we currently write together on Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas. She is one of my favorite people and makes me laugh so hard every day. For a taste, check out her comedy poetry.  This summer, Eliza wrote and directed a hilarious short film called "La Bruja." You can see the first scene here and help support the post-production, if you feel so inclined. La Bruja

It can be easy to forget about the people behind the headlines. I feel like that happens to me especially with the opioid crisis, where the sheer scale of the issue masks the fact that each statistic is about a real person. This obituary from Vermont brought the humanity back into focus for me. It's beautiful and it knocked me out. Madelyn Linsenmeir (h/t Emma Carmichael)

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Have a great week,