3 Things: Janelle Monae, Roy Wood Jr, and Edith Zimmerman / 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, Josh Sharp, Chuck Bryant, and Shalewa Sharpe discover the secrets behind "green chemistry" from Emory University's Dr. Cora MacBeth. Link

Also, my performance got a nice little shout-out in this New York Times article about the best live standup show in NYC: The Art and Anxiety of Booking a Hit Comedy Showcase
Sunday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. You're the Expert returns with Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and a guest scientist. Link

Saturday, March 24 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting my variety show and Oprah-style prize giveaway with performances by Celisse Henderson (who sang backup for Kesha at the Grammys), comedy from Ashley Brooke Roberts, and a reading by Emma Carmichael (former editor-in-chief of Jezebel). Link

Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at National Geographic. I'll be back with NatGeo Live for another You're the Expert taping. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

Janelle Monae is a musician endorsed by no less of an authority than Prince himself. She's an actor who stole scenes in Moonlight. And as for her personal life, it's none of your damn business. This week, Monae released the video for her excellent new song Make Me Feel and also gave this very wide-ranging and inspiring interview to The Guardian. "You don't own or control me": Janelle Monae on her music, politics, and undefinable sexuality. 

Roy Wood Jr is never not funny. He kills it every night on The Daily Show, his Instagram stories make me laugh out loud in public, and every time I see him tell jokes live, it's a master class in standup. If you ever have a chance to see the man perform, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket. In the meantime, listen to Roy tell Stephen Colbert about political guilty pleas and the dark allure of McDonald's. Roy Wood Jr is Vegan... When His Girlfriend is Watching

Edith Zimmerman is a cartoonist and writer who also loves plants. As a houseplant obsessive myself, her column Garden Variety speaks deeply to my soul. Check out her beautiful illustrations, then get lost in the story of proteas flowers and a mysterious syrup that was bottled in South Africa in the 1800s. Edith Zimmerman's Garden Variety

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