3 Things: Joe Pera, Ahmed Bharoocha, and Maira Kalman / 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 newest 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

On last night's episode of Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, we looked at student debt and sexual misconduct. Link  Also, if you didn't see yet, we just got renewed for a second season! So there will be lots more episodes coming your way.

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

Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Caveat. I'm hosting You're the Expert with comedians Maeve Higgins, Emmy Blotnick, and Dillon Stevenson. Link

My full schedule with all upcoming dates is online here.

This week's list

There is no one else in comedy who is quite like Joe Pera. He's a young man with the bearing of a friendly old grandfather. Describing his persona doesn't do him justice, so just watch his work for yourself. One thing is for sure: he's hilarious. In his new television series for Adult Swim, Joe tackles the topics you never hear about in comedy like iron ore, Fall drives, and Saturday morning breakfast. Behind the scenes, Jo Firestone helped produce the show and you can definitely see her influence. I strongly recommend watching all the episodes of Joe Pera Talks With You, but start with the instant classic,Episode 1: Joe Pera Shows You Iron

Ahmed Bharoocha is one of those standups that every other comedian loves. He's a great joke writer, so much fun onstage, and a lovely person. His late night set on Colbert this week killed me. His first joke, I think, might be perfect. Ahmed Bharoocha

Maira Kalman is an illustrator and author who seems to never lack for inspiration. She describes her work as exploring "the duality of the sorrow of the moment and the joy of the moment, which I see very acutely all through the day." This NY Magazine profile features all sorts of thought-provoking quotes from Kalman, as well as amazing photographs of her home. The Singular Magic of Maira Kalman

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Enjoy the long weekend!