3 Things: Wendy MacNaughton, David Sedaris, and Robin Williams / 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 most recent episode of You're the Expert features Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist. Our panelists Aparna Nancherla, Max Silvestri, and Caitlin Durante learn all about her research on fiery molten rock. Link

My wife Mollie co-wrote a book with Liz Fosslien, an incredibly talented illustrator. It's called "No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work." I'm biased, but I think it is great, funny, and interesting (a true "3 Things" of a book). Available for pre-order now! 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! Featuring Hari Kondabolu and two celebrity guests who I'm extremely excited about but can't announce quite yet. Get your tickets now! Link

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

This week’s list

Wendy MacNaughton is a "graphic journalist," best-selling author, and the back page columnist for California Sunday Magazine. Her illustrations are beautiful, informative, and most of all, they tell a story. Here's a great video she made for PBS's Brief but Spectacular series about how drawing opens up new stories for her to document. But words really don't do her drawings justice. Check it out for yourself on her website: Wendy MacNaughton

David Sedaris has been so funny for so long that I sometimes forget what a pleasure it is to read his writing. I recently rediscovered this piece he wrote about getting a Fitbit. He started to walk 25+ miles a day just to please his "robot master" and ended up collecting so much roadside trash that the town he lives in named a garbage truck after him. Stepping Out by David Sedaris

I flew cross-country this weekend to be at a friend's wedding and on the plane, I finally got around to watching the Robin Williams documentary Come Inside My Mind. Robin Williams was not only hilarious, he was also remarkably open and vulnerable onstage. But this documentary does a great job of showing the man behind the act. You see his kindness, you see his hard work and meticulousness, and you see the ways in which he sought out quiet and peace in order to sustain the high energy persona that he was known for. It's definitely worth a watch. The full doc is streaming on HBO Go/Now, but here's the trailer: Come Inside My Mind

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Take care of yourselves,