3 Things: Tim Kovar, Alyssa Limperis, and Jia Tolentino / 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 latest episode of You're the Expert features Dr. Tal Rabin, one of the world's leading cryptographers. She teaches comedians John Hodgman, Josh Sharp, and Shalewa Sharpe all about Bitcoin and how to protect their secrets. Link

Last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas looks at banking deserts, the discovery of the color mauve, and how local police departments treat mental illness. On your TV or streaming now. Link

Saturday, May 19th at 4 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting my variety show / prize giveaway You Get A Spoon with a reading by Justin Ellis (ESPN, HBO), comedy from Nore Davis, and music by Ryan Dieringer and Sam McDougle. Link

Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You're the Expert with comedians Nikki Glazer, Michelle Buteau, Bowen Yang and an amazing expert. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

Tim Kovar is an arborist and tree climbing evangelist. Every year, Tim "takes a select few on a climb up one of the tallest trees in the world —a summit he says fewer people have attempted than Mt. Everest." The short documentary MEL films made about him is stunning. After watching it, I've added climbing an 850-year-old tree named Grandfather to my bucket list. Look Up

Alyssa Limperis is a comedian, writer, and actor who specializes in disappearing into her characters' quirks. You can see how sharp Alyssa's joke writing is in her beloved "Mom" videos. I loved her latest, Mom When I Visit Home, but you can watch the whole collection on her website. Alyssa Limperis 

I get legitimately excited every time I see Jia Tolentino has a new article in The New Yorker. She's an amazing writer and always picks topics that are surprising, funny, and oddly moving. Her latest is about how "teens have taken a technology that was supposed to help grownups stop smoking and invented a new kind of bad habit, molded in their own image." I haven't been able to get the piece out of my head. Also, I challenge you to not laugh as Jia describes her friend Erin's multiple Juul grips. The Promise of Vaping and The Rise of Juul

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Enjoy the weekend!