3 Things: Hanif Abdurraqib, Vanessa Bayer, and Kirill Vselensky / 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 Dr. Alicia Perez-Porro, an expert on the sea sponge. She teaches comedians Josh Gondelman, Maeve Higgins, and Gary Richardson the truth about SpongeBob. Link

Last night's episode on Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas we looked at why police carry guns and the less-lethal options available to them. I think it's the best episode we've made so far, so if you watch just one episode, make it this one. Link

TODAY 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 Tokyo Driftwood. Link

TOMORROW 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, Dr. Helen Fisher. Link

Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. at Littlefield. I'm telling jokes with the other writers fromProblem Areas. The show is going to be hosted by Wyatt Cenac, there will be a celebrity guest, and all proceeds go to charity. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. As a performer, Hanif's words create beautiful, searing images. As a writer, he cuts to the quick of issues. This Wednesday marked the first day of Ramadan and Hanif's latest essay is about his faith and what the tradition means to him even as his beliefs have shifted. "I know the ways in which I fail in the face of my beliefs, and yet I wish to consider myself forgiven once each year." Why I Still Fast During Ramadan

Vanessa Bayer has always been one of the most delightful comedians to watch. In all her sketches on SNL, you could clearly see how much fun she was having and her joy was infectious. There's a kindness and a silliness to her comedy that I love. It also lets her absolutely skewer celebrities without it coming across as mean. I've been re-watching her criminally under-appreciated web series Sound Advice. The HAIM episodes are perfection. Sound Advice: HAIM and Sound Advice: HAIM 2

Kirill Vselensky calls himself a "rooftoper and urban explorer." He's become famous on Instagram for his photos dangling from hundreds of feet in the air. I can't decide if what he does is amazing or dangerously stupid. Maybe it's a little bit of both. But this short doc about Kirill by Geoffrey Feinberg is incredible. "Defying death and the law, Kirill chases freedom atop Moscow's tallest buildings." The Hanging

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