3 Things: Emily Winter, ClickHole, and Joe Wong / 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 neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman talking about her groundbreaking research into neuro-resilience. Comedians Wyatt Cenac, Maeve Higgins, and Negin Farsad find out all about how her brain works. Link

My wife Mollie and her co-author Liz Fosslien wrote a book called "No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work." It's out in 2019 but available for pre-order now: Link

Thursday, December 27th at 7:30 p.m. at The Annex Theatre. Riley Mulherkar (of The Westerlies) and I are going to be in town and we're continuing our holiday tradition of putting on a night of music and comedy.  Link

I'll be announcing more shows in 2019. As always, you'll be able to find my schedule with all upcoming dates online here.

This week’s list

At the end of the year, we tend to take stock. It's great to feel proud of everything you've accomplished, but too often we ignore the role that our failures played in getting us to our successes. Emily Winter, a very funny comic, has an article in the NYT about her 2018 goal to get professionally rejected at least 100 times. "Being told no is inevitable in most creative endeavors. But maybe I could win by losing." (If you're writing about your failures in the paper of record, you know you did something right.) I Got Rejected 101 Times (h/t my mom)

I sometimes feel like the Internet is just the source of misery, conspiracy theories, and terrible news. But then I go to The Onion or ClickHole and I realize it's not all bad. ClickHole is a refuge of pure, insane, hilarity online. In the writers room this week, we were dying laughing at this article. Every line is perfect. And there has never been a better photo to accompany a title.  "Catastrophic Misstep: The Reptile Guy At This School Assembly Just Handed A Huge Snake To The Most Straight-Up Insane Kid in Fifth Grade"(h/t Eliza Cossio)

Joe Wong is a comedian respected by comics and loved by audiences. He's performed on Colbert and Letterman and roasted Vice President Joe Biden. But if that weren't impressive or difficult enough, he's now gone on to be the funniest (and one of the most famous) comedians in China. To be able to crush in two different languages, in two different cultures, and in two of the most competitive markets in the world? It's just mind-boggling. I don't quite understand how it's possible. But read this NYT profile of Joe from a few years back (or his Q&A in the Wall Street Journal) or just go straight to the source and watch his set on Colbert from last week: Joe Wong

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Happy holidays,