3 Things: Dylan Marron, Sharp & Jackson, and Michelle McNamara / 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 the most recent episode of You're the Expert, Aparna Nancherla, Zhubin Parang, and Ashley Brooke Roberts discover the mysterious celestial bodies known as "brown dwarves" with help from Dr. Jackie Faherty. Link

On last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, Wyatt visited Elgin, IL to learn about an innovative police program that asks officers to live in the neighborhoods they serve. But first, we tackled solar energy and how to solve the millennial housing crisis. I'm biased, but I think this was a great episode. Link


TODAY! Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You Get A Spoon with a performance by Dylan Marron (Conversations with People Who Hate Me), magic by Nate Dendy, and music from Friends Who Folk. Link

Thursday, May 3 at 9 p.m. at Upright Citizens Brigade East. I'm doing standup on the great Fresh Out show, hosted by Ashley Brooke Roberts and Jim Tews. Link

Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You're the Expert with comedians Nikki Glazer, Michelle Buteau, and Bowen Yang. We're going to be talking to a scientist who studies love and relationships. Don't miss this one! Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

Dylan Marron's TED talk just came out this week. In an era where everything from pop culture to politics can be polarizing and heated, Dylan has found a way to create respect. "Empathy is not endorsement. Empathizing with someone you profoundly disagree with does not compromise your own deeply held beliefs and endorse theirs. It just means acknowledging the humanity of someone who was raised to think differently." The video is a must-watch. Dylan Marron: How I turn negative online comments into positive offline conversations

Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson are correspondents on Comedy Central's The Opposition. They are naturally-gifted comedians who can get huge laughs out of something as simple as a pause or a turn to camera. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before the two of them get their own show. In the meantime, they have created a masterpiece of a field segment. It's part Planet Earth parody, part investigative report into climate change, and all scathing satire of what the EPA's Scott Pruitt believes is "science." From speedos to jet skis to so many jokes about crab genitalia, this piece has it all. Can Climate Change Save These Crab Dicks?

Michelle McNamara spent the last years of her life obsessively researching and writing about the Golden State Killer. Her best-selling book, I'll Be Gone In The Dark, was published posthumously, but the renewed interest and attention she created seems to have led to the killer's arrest. If you're into true crime, the stories don't get much darker or more fascinating than this one. Michelle McNamara Died Pursuing the Golden State Killer. Her Husband, Patton Oswalt, Has Questions for Him. (And then, if you're like me and you end up going even deeper down the rabbit hole, this is a wild interview and profile of the daughter of another notorious serial killer, BTK.)

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